Gender and Sexuality – American texts, contexts, controversies.
The study of gender and sexuality – evolving models of individual and group identity, clashes of values, changing cultural canons, histories of struggle and struggles over history – have for several decades now been integral to the field of American Studies. Is there something specifically American about the way these issues are handled in the U.S.? How has national identity – its affirmation, critique or rejection – interacted with discourses on gender and sexuality? For its gender and sexuality issue The Americanist seeks contributions that concern both individual case studies (analyses of events, debates, texts, films, etc.) and broader theoretical considerations (for example: dealing with the history of feminism and queer studies as fields). As always, submissions from a variety of disciplines are welcome: history, sociology, literature, film studies, media studies, etc. We especially welcome work that is either comparativist (i.e. sets an American phenomenon against its equivalent in another location) or intersectionalist (i.e. examines gender/sexuality in dynamic conjunction with other axes of identity i.e. class, race, ethnicity).
Articles submitted should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words inclusive of notes and bibliography. They should be prepared according the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th Edition. Please send manuscripts as e-mail attachments (in Word or WordPerfect) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles should be double-spaced, with standard margins and font and should include a cover page, with the title, author's name, institutional affiliation, email address, and postal address. The text of the essay should have its title only, without the author's name.
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