Call for Chapters for Edited Book: Generation X’s Middle Age Beliefs in Pop Culture

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Call for Papers
May 15, 2019
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Chapters for Edited Book: Generation X’s Middle Age Beliefs in Pop Culture



Contributions are being 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 X 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, media, music, and television? 


Just a sampling:  A mother leaning out the window about to throw her millennial son’s computer out the window because she thinks he is a addicted to gaming; Another mother fighting down her agoraphobia brought on by years of not being creative after stressful events made her feel “creative block”; and a father struggling to emerge from his jealous fog of successful college friends’ triggered by his college-bound’s son’s college visits.


Sophie Kinsella’s novel Finding Audrey, Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go Bernadette, and the movie Brad’s Status starring Ben Stiller all portray Generation X parents caught between the beliefs that defined them as they forged their adult identities and new norms and values. 


In this edited collection I 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, feminist theory to look at how the idea of Generational beliefs impacts how the Generation Xers as adults.


Chapters should include:


  • a conceptualization of Generation Xers, in youth and in middle-age
  • popular culture examples of Generation Xers in middle age, and in youth if it makes sense
  • cultural theory, which is drawn on in analysis of popular culture and Generation Xers


Please send a 200 word abstract for chapter, 1-2 sentence biographical sketch, and C.V. by

May 15 to: Professor Pam Hollander,


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