Monday, April 15, 20195:00PM - Monday, April 15, 20196:30PM
At Hiner 207
Organized by Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Ann Ciasullo, Associate Professor of English, Gonzaga University
“Back to the (Gendered) Future: The Feminist Politics of the Contemporary Nostalgia Boom in U.S. Culture”
In recent years U.S. pop culture has experienced a nostalgia boom, particularly thanks to Netflix and Amazon's streaming programs that offer to take us back to the future via shows like Stranger Things, GLOW, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. While much has been written about the role of nostalgia in contemporary U.S. culture, few analyses discuss how representations of femininities and masculinities of the past are mediated through the present—that is, how the contemporary nostalgia boom can be read through a gender lens. In this talk Dr. Ciasullo examines the current spate of nostalgic texts (television programs, ads, politics moments) in an effort to uncover how our current cultural obsession with the past intersects with and speaks to our contemporary experiences of gender and struggles over gender inequality.
Reception starts at 5:00 p.m. Faculty, please encourage student attendance for this event.