15/07/2021 – CFP: JAm It! Issue #6: The Fractured States of America

Guest Editors: Valentina Romanzi + Bruno Walter Renato Toscano 

The quest to define the true essence of US identity dates back to colonial times, long before the nation itself was formally established. Yet, scholars traditionally situate the first explicit investigation into what constitutes an American citizen in J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur’s Letters from an American Farmer (1782). The third of the titular letters, aptly named “What is an American,” offers a list of features that de Crèvecœur considered quintessential to Americanness: industry, freedom, individualism, equality, assimilation. All these elements converged in what later became known as American exceptionalism, a doctrine that undergirded (and, to an extent, still undergirds) most, if not all, of US foreign policy. 

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16/07/2021 – CFP: Beyond the White House: The First Lady in Film, Fiction, and Culture.

This edited collection seeks to explore the representation of the First Lady in a range of different texts and media. The collection aims to examine the President’s wife in a purely cultural context by investigating the ways in which she has been represented, embodied, characterised and commemorated in film, fiction, memoir, photography and portraiture, television, theatre, education, museum studies, fashion, and social media. Leggi tutto “16/07/2021 – CFP: Beyond the White House: The First Lady in Film, Fiction, and Culture.”