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Call for Abstracts: Generation X’s Middle-Age Beliefs in Pop Culture

Deadline May 15, 2019


Contributions are sought for a new edited book that explores the way that popular culture portrays Generation-X adults as they approach middle age. These Gen-X adults were deeply affected by cultural mores and trends when they were coming of age. What happened to those ideals and beliefs that influence them as we mature into adults? How does popular culture represent these beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors? Specifically, how have the beliefs and forces that shaped Generation Xers during their youth helped or constrained them as they take on adult challenges such as parenting, working, and being a citizen of the larger world? How are Generation Xers portrayed as middle-aged adults in popular culture, including novels, movies, and television?

In this edited collection will present chapters that use popular culture as a springboard to talk about how Generation X’s youth experiences color their adult life. Each chapter will also draw on applicable theory, such as generational theory, cultural studies theory, race theory, and feminist theory, to look at how the idea of generational beliefs affects Generation Xers as adults.

Chapters should include:

Please send a 200-word abstract, 1–2-sentence biographical sketch, and CV addressed to Pam Hollander.