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

Temporalities and Childhood II

Session Chair: 
Debbie Olson, University of Texas at Arlington
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Council Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Cassandra Galentine, University of Oregon
    My paper addresses the fundamental problems in the Romantic ideology of childhood as expressed in Jean Jacques Rousseau's educational treatise, Emile. I will pay special attention the the oral stage  and how Rousseau's methods of education restrict the child from leaving this stage and progressing to adulthood.
  2. Mary Buchinger Bodwell, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
    Recent work by Louise Glück, Fannie Howe, Frank Bidart and David Ferry includes exploration of a co-existing past and present; each poet in his or her way remarks on the presence of the child within the adult. This presentation examines their respective observations of and responses to this circularity. 
  3. Rebecca Schaefer, "Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany"
    This paper analyses the alternative temporalities of the aging transgender body in the Amazon Studios series Transparent (2014 –). My analysis highlights the ways in which Transparent’s lead character Maura Pfefferman relates to normative and queer discourses of temporality. I discuss how her time and age/ing narratives constitute examples of queer time which reconceive the childhood/youth–adulthood/old age binary and thus open up possibilities to rupture, rearrange and denaturalize straight time lines, scripts, and logics.
Session Cancelled: