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Women's History Week 2011: Jazz Age Women - Flappers & Feminists: Fri, March 4

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Friday, March 4, 2011

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. - VATC 120

"I Forgot to Put in a Special Cake": Forgetting and Remembering Alice B. Toklas in Gertrude Stein's War Writing 
David Rando, Assistant Professor, English Department, Trinity University

Gertrude Stein was probably the most radically innovative and perhaps the bravest experimental writer of the twentieth century, yet the works that gained Stein the most fame in her lifetime, her autobiographies, written during World War I and II, almost completely ignore Stein’s love relationship with Alice B. Toklas.  David Rando’s paper will examine her practices of forgetting and remembering Alice as a function of Stein’s experience of love and war.

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. - VATC 120

Legs, Rouge, Smoking and Booze:  The Flapper and Her Friends
M. Laylon Alexander, Juren Sullivan Center for Fashion Management, University of the Incarnate Word

What happened in the 1920s that sparked this rebellion in youth, especially in the young girls?  Lalon Alexander will take a visual tour of the decade and the events that led up to it.  How did this affect their fashions and what did it mean for the women who would follow them?

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. - VATC 120

Film:  The Red Kimona (1925)

"The Red Kimona," directed by Walter Lang, deals with subjects (prostitution, crime and social discrimination) that were not common 
when this film was made.  It is based on a true story that depicts the life of a young and innocent girl who is fooled by her lover into prostitution in New Orleans.  The film denounces social hypocrisy towards the young woman.  77 minutes.


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