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

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 by 15 January 2017.


Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter on 9th-10th January 2017


Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter

9th-10th January 2017


The RWA and Arnolfini present a diverse conference that explores the themes, imagery, context and life of Angela Carter – one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.

We are happy to be able to offer the following tickets below:

  • 1-Day and 2-Day Event Tickets (concessionary tickets also available separately)
  • Dinner and Banquet tickets for both nights (non-refundable deposit)
  • Perfomance tickets for “Pussy” – an adaptation of Angela Carter’s Puss in Boots

IMPORTANT! Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize 2017

Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize 2017

Deadline for submission: 1st February 2017.


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.


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 £100Other 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.


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.

Dr Rachel Carroll

Reader in English
School of Arts and Media
Teesside University

CALL FOR PAPERS! Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now

CFP for Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
by Friday 16 December, 2016

Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
Presented by The University of Melbourne
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria (International), 17-18 March 2017


 The work of Anita Brookner occupies an ambiguous place in the literary field. Brookner has a cult status, was a Booker-Prize winner and best-selling novelist, and yet her work received what she herself deemed ‘censorious’ reviews and limited critical attention. Brookner’s death was accompanied by conflicted accolades that appeared to celebrate her life while restating the predictable (and vexatious) reading of her identity as a lonely, single woman.

In addition to her 24 novels and one novella, Brookner authored a number of art-historical works and was a prolific reviewer of art and literature for over 60 years. The critical reception of Brookner is complicated by the question of how to interpret her work as an historian of eighteenth- an nineteenth-century French art. In a 1984 interview, Brookner explicitly denied a connection between her fictional and critical oeuvres, while at other times she spoke more openly about an intertextual literary practice, the significance of Romanticism in contemporary life, and her belief in unconscious processes.

Keynote speakers

  • Associate Professor Patricia Juliana Smith, Hofstra University

  • Professor Peter McPhee, The University of Melbourne

Call for papers

We invite papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Brookner’s canons

  • Brookner’s Romanticism

  • Brookner’s Rococo

  • Brookner’s art-historical oeuvre

  • Brookner and the French Revolution

  • Intertexuality

  • Women’s writing

  • Gender and sexuality

  • Anachronism, temporality and periodisation

  • The early novels, the middle period, the late period

  • Brookner’s London

  • Brookner’s Europes

  • Brooknerines

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to the conference convenors, Dr Peta Mayer and Associate Professor Clara Tuite, The University of Melbourne. Email:

Please note: Closing date is Friday 16 December 2016.

IMPORTANT! The CWWA’S 2016 Annual General Meeting

The CWWA’s 2016 AGM

bs.h3Saturday 19 November 2016,
before the Weldon Conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton.

We’ll be holding our AGM at the University
of Leicester on Saturday 19 November, 1-3pm, Attenborough Seminar Room 001 (ground floor of the Attenborough Seminar Block). A campus map can
be found here:

All members are warmly welcome to attend. As part of the meeting, we’ll hold elections for the executive committee roles of Chair, Fundraising Officer, Membership Secretary, and Ordinary Member. Many thanks to members who are standing for these roles – I’ll be in touch with you individually, shortly.

On the same date, you are also invited to an exciting CWWA-sponsored event as part of the Literary Leicester festival, at 6.30pm:

Fay Weldon: In Conversation
Fay Weldon will discuss her latest book, Before the War (2016), with Founder Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Professor Mary Eagleton. They will reflect on changes in the social and literary landscape since the publication of Fay’s first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967), almost 50 years ago.

This is a free event but please do BOOK your place at the Literary Leicester site to avoid disappointment. Do also look at the whole programme for the festival, taking place from 16-19 November:

You can also follow the Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates:

We very much hope you’ll save the date and join us in Leicester for both the AGM and this exciting event.


CWWA Secretary

Booking for Fay Weldon in Conversation and other free Literary Leicester events now open!

Booking for Fay Weldon in Conversation and other free Literary Leicester events now open!

Saturday 19 November 2016

The Literary Leicester 2016 website is now live, meaning that you can book your places at your choice of the exciting FREE events on offer:

The programme includes Fay Weldon in Conversation with our founding
Chair, Professor Mary Eagleton, on Saturday 19 November, sponsored jointly by Literary Leicester and the CWWA. Book your free place today:

Make sure also to join us at our AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 19 November – all members are warmly welcome. Further details to follow soon.

CWWA Secretary
Leanne Bibby

IMPORTANT! THE CWWA’S 2016 Annual General Meeting


Saturday 19 November 2016bs.h3
before the Weldon conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton


We’ll be holding our AGM at Leicester in the afternoon of 19 November, before the Weldon event. All CWWA members are very much welcome to attend (no need to book). As part of the meeting, we’ll hold elections for the executive committee roles of Chair, Fundraising officer, Membership Secretary, and Ordinary Member. Further details to follow.

If you’d like to stand for any of the following roles on the exec, or would like any further information about them, please do get in touch with the secretary Leanne Bibby:
Fundraising Officer
Membership Secretary
Ordinary Member (several positions available)

We very much hope you’ll save the date and join us in Leicester for both the AGM and this exciting event.

CWWA Secretary
Leanne Bibby

SAVE THE DAY! Fay Weldon in Conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton at Literary Leicester

A CWWA-sponsored event is going to take place at the Literary Leicester festival this year, on Saturday 19 November at 6.30pm:


Fay Weldon: In Conversation

Fay Weldon will discuss her latest book, Before the War (2016), with Founder Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Professor Mary Eagleton. They will reflect on changes in the social and literary landscape since the publication of Fay’s first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967), almost 50 years ago.

This is a free event and all are warmly welcome – further details about the venue and how to book will follow soon. More information about the festival, taking place from 16-19 November, is available on Literary Leicester’s website:

You can also follow the Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates:

CALL FOR PAPERS! the Annual Meeting of the Comparative Literature Association (ACLA 2017)

CFP for ACLA 2017

the Annual Meeting of the Comparative Literature Association
by July 31, 2016

ACLA 2017
We are writing to invite you or anyone you think might be interested to submit proposals to a seminar we will be submitting for the Annual Meeting of the Comparative Literature Association to be celebrated at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, on July 6-9, 2017. Individual paper proposals will not be due until September but, since the ACLA’s annual
conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference, we would like to start considering as many participants as possible before the portal opens in September for paper submissions. We also hope to produce a co-edited volume of essays including extended and revised versions of some of the papers on this seminar.

Wild-ing Subjects: Queer Contestations in Latin/o America between 1900 and 1970

This seminar seeks to address the various ways in which cultural and literary productions emerging in Latin/o America from 1900 to 1970 have contested some of the tenets at the foundation of cultural  historiography as it is often articulated. Within this cultural history, it is oftentimes overlooked how cultural artifacts, intellectual trajectories and
creative subjects‹whether or not they introduce themselves as queer or
dissident in actuality do enact forms of intervention that can be called queer or wild, following Jack J. Halberstams terminology. The presentations on this three-day seminar will invoke a new understanding of Latin/o American cultural history and its archives by engaging theories and methods that are wild in that they fail disciplinary knowledge, to quote Halberstam (Charming for the Revolution 7). The potential of a queer wildness as
explored by J. Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz will serve to trigger a different understanding of improvised, surprising, or collaborative interventions that have been read as ³nonsensical and inconsequential. Instead, such interventions will be seen as failing and surpassing traditional understandings of nation and national belonging, practices of sociality, gender & genre hierarchies, sexuality and desire, the production and consumption of cultural goods, relationships among bodies and objects, temporalities and spatialities. Like Muñoz, Halberstam confesses, I seek a queer vitality that we might call wildness that skews towards collapse and works always on behalf of failure² (³Wildness,
Loss, Death 141,147). We invite papers that explore contributions staging this vitality in Latin/o America and help reconfigure and unsettle the Latin/o American archive. In so doing, this seminar aims to unravel new readings and break away from conventional hegemonic narratives of Latin/o American culture.

Send 300-500 word abstracts and bios to
Claudia Cabello Hutt at
Mariela Méndez at
by July 31, 2016

Mariela Méndez de Coudriet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
330 Carole Weinstein International Center
University of Richmond, VA 23173

CALL FOR PAPERS! Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

Twenty-Five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium

Saturday 15 October 2016, Durham University, 10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Twenty-five years after the publication of Regeneration, we invite proposals for papers on Pat Barker’s formative work of First World War historical fiction, as well as on her wider oeuvre. In 1991 Regeneration focused readers’ attention onto a lesser-visited space of war, the psychiatric hospital, onto challenging narratives of trauma and sexuality, and onto the ideologies of a society struggling to negotiate the effects of a global and industrialised conflict. The conference will be preceded by a public event on 14 October in Durham Cathedral on fiction and World War One, featuring Michael Morpurgo and Pat Barker.

This symposium will centre on discussion of how Barker’s novel, followed by The Eye in the Door (1993) and The Ghost Road (1995), has tested and shaped perceptions of the First World War. Particularly relevant during the current centenary period are the trilogy’s themes of memory and haunting, which resonate with questions of why the war remains such a prominent part of our culture, and how our views of it have been re-processed and revised. Held in Barker’s home city of Durham, the symposium will also address the portrayals of place in her novels. Initially known for her writing about women in the north east of England, the importance of her settings is undiminished in her later work – from Sarah Lumb’s description of herself as ‘what you’d call Geordie’ in Regeneration to the exploration of London in the Blitz in Barker’s most recent work, Noonday (2015).

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Sharon Monteith (The University of Nottingham), and that our guest Chair will be Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle University). Professor Monteith’s Pat Barker (2002) was the first book on the award-winning novelist’s work, which she is updating for a new edition. She co-edited the first collection of critical essays on the writer, Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker, in 2005 and has interviewed Barker on a number of occasions, including publicly at Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, the Nottingham Playhouse and at the Durham Book Festival on more than one occasion. Dr Whitehead, a pioneer in the field of trauma studies, has also interviewed Barker and has published extensively on her novels, for example in her monograph Trauma Fiction (2004).

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any of the following topics and on any other relevant areas:

  • Changing literary interpretations of the First World War
  • The development of the genre of historical fiction
  • ‘Bringing the past to life’
  • Barker’s themes and settings
  • Trauma, hauntings, memory and remembrance
  • Class, gender, and sexuality in Barker’s work

Please send abstracts (maximum 250 words) by 31 July 2016
to Professor Simon James:

Our event is supported by the Department of English Studies, Durham University. You can find details of this symposium, as well as other similar activities, by following @READEnglish on Twitter. You can keep up to date with others discussing the symposium by using the hashtag #Barker2016 on Twitter.

Professor Simon J. James, Head of Department, Department of English Studies