113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gender and Commodification

Session Chair: 
Bethany Qualls, "University of California, Davis"
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Columbia (PMCC)


  1. Ben Wirth, University of Washington
    This paper will examine Colson Whitehead’s John Henry Days and Roark Bradford’s John Henry to argue for a reimagining of the kinds of masculinity produced by capitalism, making use of Roderick Ferguson’s work to find intersections with queer of color critique and the racialized body as labor capital.
  2. Katherine Vogt, San Francisco State University
    What do I want, what I really really want? Social equality. What did the Girl Power movement of The Spice Girls actually give us? Young girls thinking they could have it all, while simultaneously being told what was appropriate to want as a woman, and what were appropriate methods to achieve it, namely consumerism. 
  3. Andy Harper, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Examining relationships between women in Sister Carrie through the lens of Sedgwick's theory of homosocial desire reveals a latent economy of female homosociality based on cooperation and the negotiation of domestic spaces. The novel voices an argument for socialism as necessary to the advancement and equality of all people.
  4. Lois Leveen, Independent Scholar
    As commodity capitalism transformed British society, the scandalous Kitty Fisher used visual and print media to shape her public persona. Fisher's symbiotic relationship with male artists, whose own celebrity depended on the success of their representations of her, complicates assumptions about the relationship between gender and commodification.
Session Cancelled: