I am in the process of organizing a panel that examines the figure of the princess in the everyday lives and imaginations of girls and young women in the U.S. for the international conference on “American Play: Sports, Games, Entertainment, and Fantasy in American Culture.” The multi-disciplinary panel aims to examine the princess in the past and in the present, over time, across national, racial, ethnic, class, and other borders. Possible topics include analyses of the cultural meanings of the princess in chick lit, chick flicks, fairytales, reality shows, as well as explorations of intertextual connections between material culture, visual culture, and mass media.
This special conference is jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association and the Great Lakes American Studies Association in cooperation with the Strong National Museum of Play. The conference will be held at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, April 4-5, 2008.
Miriam Forman-Brunell, Professor
Department of History
Co-Director, CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN WORLD HISTORY
University of Missouri-Kansas City
203 Cockefair Hall
Kansas City, MO 64110
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