190. What's Adoption Got to Do with It? New Directions in Studies of Kinship and Literature
Sunday, 4 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Beacon E, Sheraton
Program arranged by the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
Presiding: Carol J. Singley, Rutgers Univ., Camden
Speakers: Nancy Bentley, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Cynthia A. Callahan, Ohio State Univ., Mansfield; Emily Hipchen, State Univ. of West Georgia; Caroline Field Levander, Rice Univ.; Carol J. Singley
Scholars in a range of fields—including American literature, cultural studies, global studies, and African American literature—respond to the question in the session title by analyzing how attention to myths, fantasies, and material and affective realities of adoption lead us to rethink the history and meaning of concepts such as nationhood, class, genealogy, and familial and racial formation.
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