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2017 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize Announced

 

We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize has been awarded to Elisa Serna-Martinez for her essay “‘She scrape she knee’: The Affective Politics of Scars as Agents of Female Caribbean Resistance in Opal Palmer Adisa’s Work.”

 

Two further essays were Highly Commended by the Prize Panel:
Amber West, “Through the Funhouse, Towards the Dead World: An Argument for a Puppet-Based Production of Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro”
Stacey Amo, “Tasting Otherness, Othering Tastiness: Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth”

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted work and congratulations to Elisa, Amber and Stacey!

CFP for Michele Roberts conference

An International Conference

Reading Michèle Roberts

organised by

Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Lodz, Poland

7-8 September 2017

 

Call for Papers

Michèle Roberts is an author who escapes easy classifications, her books being as rich and complex as her personal history and the sources of her inspiration. Born in an Anglo-French family and raised in a repressive Catholic background, she has blossomed into a writer who draws inspiration from this complex heritage without being inhibited by its limitations. In consequence, her oeuvre—which includes novels, short stories, poems, essays and theatrical plays—offers a seemingly effortless marriage of oppositions. Like no other contemporary writer, Roberts combines spirituality with sensuality, engages literary tradition in the service of radical experiment and employs religious motifs and images to express progressive feminist ideas. Provocative and witty, her work ranges far beyond the trio of “food, sex and God” that she jokingly named as her principal thematic concerns.

The conference offers a rare opportunity to reflect on Michèle Roberts’s achievement by bringing together scholars interested in her writings. Papers are invited on all aspects of the author’s work. They may concentrate on particular texts or address recurrent themes, motifs and formal strategies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       spirituality and religion

·       feminist theology

·       sensuality, desire and sexuality

·       literary representation of sensory experience

·       (maternal) body

·       male/female dynamics

·       family dynamics

·       female space(s)

·       feminine experience and identity

·       history, memory and the past

·       intertextuality: tradition and the practice of “writing back”

·       historical, literary and biblical inspirations

·       narrative technique and formal experiments

·       metafictionality

·       representations of London / representations of small-town France

·       language, symbolism, recurrent images and metaphors

·       society, ideology and politics

We take pleasure in announcing that Michèle Roberts has kindly accepted our invitation to be a special guest speaker during the conference. Her presence will give the participants a unique opportunity to discuss their research ideas with the author.

 

Proposed presentations should be 20 minutes long. Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words, including the title of your presentation and a brief academic CV to reading.lodz.conference@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2017  and the participants will be notified by 15 June 2017.

 

For further details, see conference site: : http://reading.uni.lodz.pl    

 call for papers reading Michele Roberts updated

English: Shared Futures, 5-7 July 2017, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

English: Shared Futures, 5-7 July 2017, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

 

http://www.englishsharedfutures.uk

  

What is English: Shared Futures?

·         ‘English: Shared Futures’ (E:SF) is a the first time that all the branches of English – literature, language and creative writing – have come together to talk about and celebrate their subject, and to explore its futures in the nations of the UK and across the world. 

·         Writers, critics, academics, teachers, and linguists will unite in a festival event, part celebration, part conversation, part cultural fringe.

·         E:SF is being held in Newcastle and will show-case the excellent literary culture of the region, its writers, and  publishers (e.g. Bloodaxe). We’ll also be joining in with the 50th anniversary commemorations of Newcastle University’s awarding Dr Martin Luther King an honorary degree in 1967.

 

Content

·         Alongside over 150 panels, readings, and workshops, we have:

o   Talks on literary biography from Hermione Lee, Kathryn Hughes, Andrew Hadfield;

o   Deborah Cameron on ‘Language and the problem of female authority’;

o   Lemn Sissay reading and answering questions.

·         We are pioneering a series of ‘literary salons’ with Marina Warner, Elleke Boehmer, Bernadine Evaristo, John Mullan, and Dinah Birch, who will talk about their lives in literature and the literature in their lives (in R4 terms, not ‘the life scientific’ but ‘the literary life’).

·         The conversations at the event will discuss the most up-to –date ideas on great writers of the past and present, how we use language, and how we teach people to write – and think – creatively. (We’d be delighted to help the media access the best of these speakers).

·         Our cultural fringe will feature readings around the city from local, national, and international writers and groups, and include a leading writer in conversation with Jackie Kay (details tbc).

 

Purpose

·         English, the liveliest and largest school and university arts subject, is participating in some of the most pressing issues of the day, such as migration, identity, the uses we make of the past, and the place of higher education in our society.

·         We are also, along with the colleagues in the rest of arts and humanities community, addressing the urgent need to maintain access to the arts and culture for everyone.

·         We think it’s important that the humane voice of English, and what literature teaches, is heard, especially at the moment, to help build our shared future.

 

Bob Eaglestone R.Eaglestone@rhul.ac.uk  

Gail Marshall   gm181@le.ac.uk

CFP for Michele Roberts conference

  1. An International Conference

Reading Michèle Roberts

organised by

Department of British Literature and Culture, University of Lodz , Poland

7-8 September 2017

call for papers 

Call for Papers

Michèle Roberts is an author who escapes easy classifications, her books being as rich and complex as her personal history and the sources of her inspiration. Born in an Anglo-French family and raised in a repressive Catholic background, she has blossomed into a writer who draws inspiration from this complex heritage without being inhibited by its limitations. In consequence, her oeuvre—which includes novels, short stories, poems, essays and theatrical plays—offers a seemingly effortless marriage of oppositions. Like no other contemporary writer, Roberts combines spirituality with sensuality, engages literary tradition in the service of radical experiment and employs religious motifs and images to express progressive feminist ideas. Provocative and witty, her work ranges far beyond the trio of “food, sex and God” that she jokingly named as her principal thematic concerns.

The conference offers a rare opportunity to reflect on Michèle Roberts’s achievement by bringing together scholars interested in her writings. Papers are invited on all aspects of the author’s work. They may concentrate on particular texts or address recurrent themes, motifs and formal strategies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       spirituality and religion

·       feminist theology

·       sensuality, desire and sexuality

·       literary representation of sensory experience

·       (maternal) body

·       male/female dynamics

·       family dynamics

·       female space(s)

·       feminine experience and identity

·       history, memory and the past

·       intertextuality: tradition and the practice of “writing back”

·       historical, literary and biblical inspirations

·       narrative technique and formal experiments

·       metafictionality

·       representations of London / representations of small-town France

·       language, symbolism, recurrent images and metaphors

·       society, ideology and politics

We take pleasure in announcing that Michèle Roberts has kindly accepted our invitation to be a special guest speaker during the conference. Her presence will give the participants a unique opportunity to discuss their research ideas with the author.

 

Proposed presentations should be 20 minutes long. Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words, including the title of your presentation and a brief academic CV to reading.lodz.conference@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2017  and the participants will be notified by 15 June 2017.

 For further information, please visit the website http://www.reading.uni.lodz.pl/

 

Angela Carter in 2017

 

 

 

Angela Carter in 2017

by Heidi Yeandle

February 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Angela Carter’s premature death, and interest in Carter is consequently thriving. The Guardian is holding an Angela Carter Reading Group this month, and the ‘Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter’ exhibition is running at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Bristol until 19 March 2017 (curated by Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts from the University of the West of England, UWE, and Fiona Robinson, RWA). In line with this exhibition, an international conference Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter was held in January 2017 in Bristol, organised by Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE). A range of diverse publications have also emerged over the last few months, including Scott Dimovitz’s Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer (Routledge, 2016), Edmund Gordon’s The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography (Chatto & Windus, 2016), Anna Watz’s Angela Carter and Surrealism: A Feminist Libertarian Aesthetic (Routledge, 2017), and Heidi Yeandle’s Angela Carter and Western Philosophy (Palgrave, 2017). There are still more publications in the pipeline: Mulvey-Roberts’ edited collection The Arts of Angela Carter: A Cabinet of Curiosities (Manchester University Press) is under preparation, and there is currently a call for book chapters for Pyrotechnics: The Incandescent Imagination of Angela Carter, edited by Mulvey-Roberts and Crofts. Bearing in mind the range of recent publications and events that celebrate Carter’s life and work, this piece discusses some of the developments in the current Carter world.

        The availability of the Angela Carter Papers Collection at the British Library has resulted in a new wave of work on Carter underpinned by archival material: research notes, diary entries, and plans for novels and short stories. Sir Christopher Grayling’s keynote lecture ‘ANGELA and ME: A Bath Literary Friendship’ at the Fireworks conference in January 2017 was particularly revealing about the content of these papers. Reflecting on his friendship with Carter in the 1970s when she lived in Bath, Frayling recalled reading her notebooks and coming across conversations that he’d had with Carter. Carter’s account of these conversations was far from factual though; she had fictionalised and in some ways gothicised Frayling’s words, and these alternative dialogues feature in her published novels. With a number of recent publications referring to the archived material and commenting on its self-consciousness and unreliability (Dimovitz, Gordon, and Yeandle), Frayling’s reflection illustrates the veiled nature of Carter’s personal notes and the importance of not taking her words at face value.

        Edmund Gordon’s 2016 biography of Carter demonstrates extensive engagement with the contents of the Angela Carter Papers Collection, but also references letters Carter wrote to friends and colleagues, as well as interviews with a range of people who knew Carter: family, friends, students, and ex-lovers. This publication therefore includes a range of new material, and is a useful resource for Carter scholars as well as wider readers. One particularly illuminating aspect of this publication is that it features extracts from the author’s interview with Sozo Araki, whom Carter had her ‘First Real Affair’ with in Japan (letter to Carmen Callil, Gordon 2016: p. 141), unveiling Sozo’s perspective on this formative time of Carter’s life. The biography also cites Sozo’s unpublished memoir, translated by Natsumi Ikoma from the International Christian University in Japan. Ikoma’s English translation of Sozo’s account is being published by Eihosha in Summer 2017, another exciting addition to the expanding body of literature related to Carter.

        While engagement with both the archival material and the biography was central to many of the papers at the recent Fireworks event, the wide-ranging interdisciplinary focus of the conference paid tribute to both the diverse influences on Carter’s work as well as the influence she continues to have, as illustrated by the ‘Strange Worlds’ exhibition. With papers discussing Carter’s oeuvre in relation to cinema, surrealism, and the Gothic, as well as philosophy, theatre, and folk music, and examining topics such as the medieval influences on Carter’s early novels, the significance of tattooing, and the depiction of ageing to name a few, the event showcased the wealth of innovative research on Carter at the moment. It wasn’t just a literary event though, with talks from curators, artists, and musicians as well. For instance, Catriona McAra (Leeds College of Art, UK) discussed how Carter has shaped her curatorial strategies, and artist Kim L Pace reflected on Carter’s influence on her work, and showcased her film ‘Fabulous Beasts & Comic Bodies’, which includes Pace’s images alongside extracts from The Magic Toyshop (1967), ‘The Loves of Lady Purple’ (1974, in Fireworks), and Nights at the Circus (1984). Works by a range of contemporary artists inspired by Carter are featured in the ‘Strange Worlds’ exhibition, from Ana Maria Pacheco’s dominating installation The Banquet to Tail of the Tiger by Eileen Cooper RA, contradicting Gordon’s claim that Carter’s reputation is confined within ‘scholarly sarcophagi’ (Gordon 2016: p. 130). 

     It’s now 25 years since Carter’s death, and there is no sign of interest in her beginning to diminish: quite the opposite. Alongside new publications, exhibitions and art installations, a number of public events are on the horizon. These include a ‘Shadow Dance puppet workshop’, a Drawing Master Class inspired by Carter’s work on fairy tales, and a Folksong and Music Session inspired by Carter’s role in the 1960s Folk Revival. More information about these and other events is available at getangelacarter.com, a website related to the Bristol-based events commemorating the anniversary of Carter’s death, designed and curated by Crofts. In addition, Carter-related news and interviews are available at angelacarteronline.com, run by Dr Caleb Sivyer. These public events and websites are making Carter more visible and accessible for contemporary readers, and foregrounding her importance in 2017, and, it seems, for years to come.

 

Gordon, E. The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography. London: Chatto & Windus, 2016.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS! CONVENTION AND REVOLUTION “Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods”

CONVENTION AND REVOLUTION
Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods
29 November -1 December 2017 Warsaw, Poland

deadline for submissions: April 30, 2017

 
CONVENTION AND REVOLUTION – call for papers
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM_1

Organizers: Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Digital Humanities Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Long hours in the archives. Raise your hand if you have never yawned over letters of journals written by women of the centuries past. (No hands go up.) The thoughts creep in: this is so boring, so conventional, so predictable – and there’s another pile of pages to read…Fighting sleep, we still entertain hopes of revolutionary finds, fantastic rebel women, unknown facts about those who gained fame, controversies hidden among the yellowing pages. Yet in adopting this attitude, we are missing out on a far greater point. The very gesture of writing, when made by a woman, constitutes rebellion, and the conventionality of the text should not obscure this fact. Anachronism is the greatest power of any revolution. Many women, locked (quite literally) in their homes, using a narrative that mirrored what they had learnt, dreamt of freedom for themselves and others, whether that were aware of it or not. When they sat down to write, they created a moment just for themselves, and in doing so, they carved out a space  of their own freedom – small at first, but gradually expanding – where they created themselves. They wrote themselves. With time, they became the subject of writing by other women, their biographers. Discovering, documenting and researching this chain of women’s lives suddenly no longer seems boring.

The international conference, scheduled to take place over three days, will focus on discussing the latest methods of working with women’s personal documents, biographies and letters written on their basis. We are interested in strategies developed in contemporary historiography and literature studies, in particular interdisciplinary women’s, gender  and queer studies. We also have a strong interest in the experiences of researchers of herstory, oral history, and life writing. As for historical periods, we are interested mainly in the 1800s and the 1900s up to World War II. However, the true chronology will emerge out of the  documents themselves. We have decided to focus on journals, letters, diaries and autobiographies of women in that period because it is, in our opinion, unique: this is when among Western elites the discourse of women’s emancipation was articulated and started gaining popularity. Most women at the time responded with great reserve and even hostility, choosing instead to support the traditional understanding of gender roles.

Personal documents written by women in the 19th century are an excellent reflection of the ambivalence of their authors towards emancipation. Since the 1980s, many scholarly papers have been written to demonstrate that these texts, while ostensibly fitting with the conventions of gender representation, in fact undermine the traditional gender roles. Submission and its subversion, conservative attitudes and emancipation (if not overt, then expressed through a variety of strategies to promote empowerment and women’s agency) – they meet, often in surprising ways, in these conventionalized, seemingly uninteresting practices of women’s life writing.

Using the existing findings in the area of gender studies as a starting point, during the conference we will give the floor to researchers who will present other possibilities for  reading women’s personal writings, and reveal how we can access what often remains hidden under the surface of the texts which require a critical, contextualized reading. Together, we will discuss the interpretations that facilitate finding the seeds of rebellion and social revolution, while seemingly adhering to patriarchal norms (including formal and literary conventions).

On the first day the conference, we will focus on novel, critical approaches to  reading journals, letters, memoirs, and autobiographies written by women. We will discuss what survival strategies were reflected in women’s life writing, what this writing offered to its authors, what purposes it served, and how it influenced the next generations of its female readers.

On the second day the conference, we will investigate women’s biographic writing. How can archives be used to write biographies of 19th century women? What are the most interesting

projects in this area, and what outcomes have they produced so far? What challenges are to be expected in this type of work?

On the third day the conference, we will look at the possibilities that the instruments of digital humanities offer in archiving and digitally editing women’s life writing. Can digital archives and databases restore the memory of the women that have been forgotten, or is the opposite true – are they just a digital reinforcement of the traditional divisions and power (im)balances? We will discuss the most exciting projects, the new research tools, and the opportunities they offer.

During the conference key-note lectures will be delivered by such researchers as,  Prof. Sidonie Smith and Prof. Julia Watson, authors and editors of the groundbreaking book entitled “De/Colonizing the Subject: The Politics of Gender in Women’s Autobiography” , Prof. Cynthia Huff, author of many articles focused on women’s diaries and author of descriptive bibliographies of nineteenth-century women’s diaries, Prof. Andrea Pető, author of a biography of Júlia Rajk and author of books on women in Hungarian politics between 1945- 1951 and the female perpetrators in Hungary during World War II. The Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson lecture will be followed by a seminar devoted to their new book of essays,  which will be published in early 2017.

The conference is organized by the team behind the Women’s Archive, a division of the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences (www.ibl.waw.pl) now engaged in a long-term project The Women’s Archive: writing (Archiwum kobiet: piszące). Co- organizers are the Digital Humanities Laboratory, University of Warsaw (www.lach.edu.pl) and the Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (www.ispan.waw.pl).

The Conference “Convention and revolution. Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods” will take place at Staszic Palace in Warsaw, Poland November 27-December 1, 2017.

Conference fee for regular participants: 400 PLN/100 EUR
Conference fee for young scholars and PhD students: 200 PLN/50 EUR

Paper subissions please send till April 30, 2017 on email address:  convention_and_revolution2017@ibl.waw.pl

 

CALL FOR PAPERS! The Literary Encyclopedia is seeking articles in the field of Post-1945 Women’s Writing

The Literary Encyclopedia is seeking articles in the field of Post-1945 Women’s Writing. Please see the full CFP for details: 
https://www.litencyc.com/php/scribd_document.php?id=3

 CFP DOWNLOAD

CALL FOR PAPERS – ANGLOPHONE AFRICAN WRITING AND CULTURE

The Literary Encyclopedia at www.litencyc.com is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of Anglophone African Writing and Culture of Africa. The list below is not comprehensive  or final, and new proposals of writers/ works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome. However, we will prioritize articles on writers and works frequently studied in university courses, and those that are highly topical and well-known.

In addition to publishing articles on canonical and much-taught literary works, the Encyclopedia is also interested in making available information about important writers and works that are often neglected, and in publishing articles about discrete historical events which are relevant to literary understanding. It also seeks to broaden its scope to include more research-oriented articles with a pedagogic function, such as ‘Critical issues in title‘ or ‘Critical readings of author/ title‘. If you are interested in contributing such an essay, please contact the relevant volume editor or the managing editor.

All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and, in the case of doctoral students who wish to offer a contribution, also a short writing sample. The overwhelming majority (about 90%) of our contributors are academic scholars, while the remaining percentage is made up  of highly endorsed doctoral students and independent researchers.

The Literary Encyclopedia aims to deliver a global understanding of world literatures and cultures within an adaptable and responsive digital platform that’s ethically conceived, minimalist, but packing great functionality. All our articles are solicited by invitation from specialist scholars in higher education institutions all over the world, refereed and approved by subject editors in our Editorial Board. The LE is thus uniquely selective, reliable and authoritative. Its online format allows for rapid publication and frequent updating of articles; its integrated digital resources (author life-chronologies, customisable timelines, thematic or course-oriented bookshelves, related article clusters, critical bibliographies) respond dynamically to teaching and learning demands.

More detailed information on the Encyclopedia – including its publishing model, editorial policies, specific information for authors etc. – can be found on its homepage at www.litencyc.com, under  the ABOUT tab. In order to explore the kinds of content we publish please log in using the case- sensitive username: ‘WinterGuest2017′ and the password: ‘chekhov1860’.

We hope that you will wish to join us in this enterprise. If you wish to contribute, please contact the volume editors: Dr Helen Cousins (H.Cousins@staff.newman.ac.uk), Dr Madhu Krishnan (madhu.krishnan@bristol.ac.uk); Dr John Masterson (j.e.Masterson@sussex.ac.uk); or Ronit Frenkel (particularly for South and Southern African literature – ronitf@uj.ac.za) or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru (cristinasandru@litencyc.com).

LITERARY AND CULTURAL CONTEXT ARTICLES

  • Farafina
  • Cassava Republic
  • FEMRITE
  • Africa39

AUTHOR/WORKS

  • Uwem Akpan
  • Elechi Amadi Ayi Kwei Armah
  • Sefi Atta
  • Kofi Awoonor
  • Doreen Baingana
  • Igoni Barrett
  • Brian Chikwava
  • Achmat Dangor
  • Amma Darko
  • Sello Duiker
  • Cyprian Ekwensi
  • Akachi Ezeigbo
  • Aminatta Forna
  • Damon Galgut
  • Goretti Kyomuhendo
  • Jowhor Ile
  • Kojo Laing
  • Okey Ndibe
  • Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
  • Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  • Tayeb Salih
  • Taiye Selasi
  • Lola Shoneyin
  • Chika Unigwe
  • Noo Saro-Wiwa

INDIVIDUAL WORKS

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Americanah

 Ayi Kwei Armah

  • Beautyful Ones Are not Yet Born (1968)
  • Fragments (1971)

Syl Cheney-Coker

  • The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar
  • Sacred River

 Aminatta Forna

  • The Memory of Love

 Flora Nwapa

Novels:

  • Efuru (1966)
  • Idu (1970)
  • Never Again (1975)
  • One Is Enough (1981)
  • Women are Different (1986) Short stories/poems collections:
  • This Is Lagos and Other Stories (1971)
  • Cassava Song and Rice Song (1986)
  • Wives at War and Other Stories (1980)

Grace Ogot

Novels:

  • The Promised Land: a novel (1966)

Short story collections:

  • Land Without Thunder (1968)
  • The Other Woman: selected short stories (1976)

 

Amos Tutuola

  • Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952)

Yvonne Vera

  • Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals (short stories) (1992)
  • Nehanda (1993)
  • Without a Name (1994)
  • Under the Tongue (1997)
  • Butterfly Burning (2000)
  • The Stone Virgins (2002)

 

CWWA Members

Membership Renewal Form 

Dear Members,

The CWWA Executive Committee would like to thank you for renewing your membership for 2017 and your continued support.

Please note, there is no automatic renewal via PayPal this year. If you haven’t renewed for 2017, please find the Membership Renewal Form attached and return to membership@the-cwwa.com as soon as possible to ensure the timely delivery of your next issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing. Unwaged/students have an option to join with or without the journal subscription. Payment can be made through PayPal or your bank account (details on the form). 

Can we also take this opportunity to share with you some of our features and plans for the coming year:

  • The 2017 CWWA Student Essay Prize, deadline 1st February (details below)
  • A new quarterly all-member’s e-bulletin to coincide with the release of each issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Two upcoming special issues of Contemporary Women’s Writing on Ruth Rendell and Margaret Atwood
  • The CWWA will be represented at the Shared Futures conference (see CFP below)
  • A CWWA sponsored event at Literary Leicester in November. A podcast of 2016’s event – Fay Weldon in conversation with Mary Eagleton – can be found here.
  • Plans for an autumn conference on Contemporary Women’s Poetry (CFP coming soon)
  • Follow us on social media: @the_cwwa on twitter and on Facebook
  • And a brand new CWWA website is in development!

If you have had recent publications or have events to promote then please contact Fiona at F.Tolan@ljmu.ac.uk for inclusion in the e-bulletin.

 


Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize

The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Essay Prize.  The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars. 

The winner of the inaugural 2016 Essay Prize was Mary Horgan for “About Change: Ali Smith’s Numismatic Modernism.” You can read Mary’s essay here.  Three further submissions were Highly Commended and will be published in forthcoming issues of the journal.

Prize  The winning entry will be:

  • Submitted for publication in Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded one year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded a choice of Oxford University Press books to the value of £100

Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

Entry Requirements
The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for PhD study or within three years of completion.  Entrants may be asked to provide formal confirmation of their status.

Submission
Essays must be 7,000-9,000 words in length.  The deadline for submission is 1st February 2017.  The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Submissions must comply with the journal’s Instructions to Authors – click here to view.  Entrants must submit essays by the standard Online Submission procedures – click here to view.  Please ensure that you select ‘Essay Prize’ in the ‘Submission Type’ box.

Essays should meet the general aims and scope of the journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing – for more information please click here.  Please note that essays submitted for publication will be subject to the standard Peer Review process.  Entries will be judged by members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Editorial Board and a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Executive Committee.

 

 


This is an open call for papers for a pre-constituted panel at the

English: Shared Futures conference which will take place in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 5th-7th July 2017.

 ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing: Archiving for the Future’

Chair: Rosie White

CFP:
How is contemporary women’s writing being remembered now and how will it be remembered in the future?  This panel will address current work on archival materials regarding contemporary women writers.

Regarding contemporary writing the writer in question may still be alive, organising her own archive and the creation of her own legacies.

What are the implications of using private materials/reading personal diaries by and about a living subject? How reliable is archived material curated by the writer herself?  These issues raise questions about the dichotomy between the deceased – and at times more fetishized – writer and the living author who can still approach her archive with some sort of agency Where are contemporary women writers’ archives being lodged and how is women’s writing being preserved and recorded for future generations? 

What does ‘the archive’ mean for contemporary women’s writing?  Whose work is being archived and who remains absent from such a record?

We invite contributions from academics working on the archived materials of contemporary women writers, addressing issues such as access to and availability of materials, copyright negotiations and archival absences.

We also invite abstracts which address issues such as the gender politics of archival work in contemporary literary studies, the role of the archive in canon formation and the technology of archives in an online environment.

Please send 300 word proposals to rosemary.white@northumbria.ac.uk by 15th January 2017, with a short biographical note.

deadline approaching! CALL FOR PAPERS! ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing: Apocalyptic Narratives’


deadline approaching!

by Sunday 15 January 2017 

An open call for contributions to the following panel session, to take place at the  conference (Newcastle Upon Tyne, 5-7 July 2017):

 ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing: Apocalyptic Narratives’

Session Chair: Fiona Tolan

The contemporary moment, it seems, lends itself to apocalyptic narratives. Environmental damage and extreme weather events; the shifting of the political mainstream to the far reaches of left and right; the financial crash and the exposed vulnerabilities of a globalised economy; the migrant crisis and mass displacement of populations: real world events repeatedly contribute to a pervasive sense of anxiety and crisis that is productively explored in contemporary women’s writing. From the commodification of the biosciences in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, to the falling birth rate and falling temperatures of Maggie Gee’s The Ice People, contemporary women writers engaged in speculative fictions repeatedly utilise images of crisis and threat to explore political and cultural anxieties.

This panel brings together scholars interested in representations of apocalypse and apocalyptic scenarios in contemporary women’s writing. We invite contributions for papers that address women writers’ figuring of apocalyptic fictions in terms of themes such as (although not limited to):

  • Ecological disaster narratives
  • Post-humanism and cyborg identities
  • Globalisation and financial instability
  • New sciences and the reconfiguring of the ‘natural’
  • Threats to the body and bodily autonomy
  • Narratives of violence and threat
  • Reimagining identity politics in unstable futures

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, plus a brief biographical note, to f.tolan@ljmu.ac.uk by 15 January 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS! ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing: Archiving for the Future’

by Sunday 15 January 2017

This is an open call for papers for a pre-constituted panel at the
English: Shared Futures conference which will take place in Newcastle
Upon Tyne, UK, 5th-7th July 2017.

 Contemporary Women’s Writings: Archiving for the Future’

Session Chair: Rosie White

How is contemporary women’s writing being remembered now and how will it
be remembered in the future?  This panel will address current work on
archival materials regarding contemporary women writers.
Regarding contemporary writing the writer in question may still be
alive, organising her own archive and the creation of her own legacies.
What are the implications of using private materials/reading personal
diaries by and about a living subject? How reliable is archived material
curated by the writer herself?  These issues raise questions about the
dichotomy between the deceased – and at times more fetishized – writer
and the living author who can still approach her archive with some sort
of agency
Where are contemporary women writers’ archives being lodged and how is
women’s writing being preserved and recorded for future generations? 
What does ‘the archive’ mean for contemporary women’s writing?  Whose
work is being archived and who remains absent from such a record?
We invite contributions from academics working on the archived materials
of contemporary women writers, addressing issues such as access to and
availability of materials, copyright negotiations and archival absences.  

We also invite abstracts which address issues such as the gender
politics of archival work in contemporary literary studies, the role of
the archive in canon formation and the technology of archives in an
online environment.

Please send 300 word proposals to rosemary.white@northumbria.ac.uk by 15th January 2017, with a short biographical note.