Call for papers for NeMLA Session (New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011): In contrast to the “traditional” nuclear family, contemporary multiethnic American authors have often depicted the family unit as destabilized, challenged, or redefined by conflicting demands of race, ethnicity, nation, capitalism, patriarchy, labor, slavery, etc. This panel invites papers that explore how the family unit and the individual roles of “father,” “mother,” and “child” are complicated by such factors. We will also consider how “alternative” and “extended” families are formed beyond bloodlines and what other experiences or factors might constitute what makes a "family."
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