Faculty Research Workshop
October 23, 2020 at 10:00 am - Next Workshop
Sonja Stojanovich, Romance Languages and Literatures
Exposed Body: Representations of Cashiers in Contemporary France
In France, nearly all cashiers are women: 95% in 2010; 90% in 2018 (vs. 70.5% in 2018 in the United States). While the very nature of a cashier’s job is to be confined to a small space, exposed to customers’ demands and gaze, and reduced to her hands (how fast she scans articles, how quickly she gives the customer their change, etc.), in this presentation I argue that contemporary cultural productions compound the oppressive aspect of this position through an exaggerated focus on cashiers’ bodies and an othering gaze. I also propose that the concept of exposure can be pushed further in the context of the current covid-19 pandemic. The exposure becomes quite literal; cashiers and other supermarket/grocery workers have been on the frontlines of the crisis, their bodies bearing the brunt of repeated exposures to customers (many of whom blatantly disregard safety measures).
Sonja Stojanovic is Assistant Professor of French and Concurrent Faculty in the Gender Studies Program. She is currently co-editing a volume titled “Taking up Space”: Womxn at Work in Contemporary France. She recently published an article on the figure of the cleaning lady in contemporary French fiction, “Should the Subaltern Clean?” in Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal.
Please RSVP if you are not GS Concurrent Faculty, GS Affiliated Faculty or GS Graduate Minor students.
Sharing Research, Building Community
Our Program introduced the Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshop series in 2018. We host two workshops each semester and welcome the participation of Gender Studies faculty and students, as well as those in presenters’ home departments.
The series provides an opportunity for Gender Studies faculty members to share their scholarship or creative work and to get feedback from colleagues who share their interest in gender and sexuality studies. Our expectation is that the great diversity of perspectives and expertise among our faculty will improve everyone’s work by highlighting disciplinary blind spots, introducing scholars to new literature and emerging lines of inquiry, and fostering an interdisciplinary intellectual community for exchanging ideas related to gender and sexuality.
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