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Age Studies Sessions at MLA 2019, Chicago

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    Nancy C. Backes

    Here are the sessions at MLA 2019 that pertain to Age Studies. Looking
    forward to seeing you there!

    *Age Studies Panels at the MLA Convention in Chicago*

    *3-6 January 2019*

    *Session 38. Aging, Care, and Humor*

    Thursday, 3 January

    12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Toronto Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel

    Program arranged by the forum TC Age Studies.

    Presiding: Sally Chivers, Trent U

    1. “What’s So Funny about Women and Age? Psychoanalysis, Humor, and
    Cathleen Schine’s Recent Novels,” Nancy C. Backes, Cardinal Stritch U

    2. “‘We Hang Up Laughing’: Laughter, Dementia, and the Subject,”
    Elizabeth Claire Barry, U of Warwick

    3. “Not Your (Grand)Mother’s Golden Years (or Is It?): An Analysis of
    the Aging Women Trope in Theater and Popular Culture,” Deborah Kochman,
    Florida State U

    4. “Comedy, Caring Tropes, and Broken Bodies,” Janna Klostermann,
    Carleton U

    *Session 555. New Voices at the Intersection of Drama, Performance, and Age

    Saturday, 5 January

    3:30-4:45 p.m., Columbian Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel

    Program arranged by the forums TC Age Studies and GS Drama and Performance

    Presiding: Valerie Barnes Lipscomb, U of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee

    1. “‘Growth Untried’: Dramatic Infants and Temporal Scope,” Megan
    Snell, U of Texas, Austin

    2. “‘There’s No One Like Her’: Charlotte Mew and the Modernity of the
    Aging Actress,” Caolan Madden, Douglass Residential C, Rutgers U

    3. “(Re)Situating Aging: Mining Temporal Desire in Split Britches’
    Ordnances (UXO)*,” Benjamin Gillespie, Graduate Center, City U of New York

    *Respondent*: R. Darren Gobert, York U

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