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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Edited Collection): Legacies and Lifespans

 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Edited Collection): Legacies and Lifespans

A new book edited by Gina Wisker, Heidi Yeandle and Leanne Bibby

collection based on that of our 10th anniversary conference in 2015, Legacies and Lifespans: Contemporary Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century

Please submit abstracts and any queries to by 15 September 2017.

Legacies and Lifespans

Call for abstracts

The field of Contemporary Women’s Writing focuses on women’s writing from 1970-present and is suggestive of continuity, while also indicating a distinction from the female authored works which came before.

This book has a double focus. We are particularly looking for chapters that look backwards and/or forwards, and examine the connections between women writers from the late twentieth century and the twenty-first century. The book aims to focus on how twenty-first-century female writers look back and respond to their predecessors within the field of Contemporary Women’s Writing. As well as looking back to the foundations of Contemporary Women’s Writing, the book will look forward, and consider how Contemporary Women’s Writing will be defined in future decades. With a global outlook, we are seeking chapters that examine the legacies of foundational writers and texts and explore how women writers from the twenty-first century respond to these influential authors and seminal works, and how they deal with new issues in new ways. Chapters are invited which focus on prose fiction, poetry, drama and other forms of Contemporary Women’s writing.

Topics include – but are not limited to:

  • The politics of rewriting the past and imagining the future;
  • New genres / new forms;
  • The future of feminist literary criticism;
  • Writing in an age of crisis;
  • Defining the contemporary;
  • Legacies and influences of well-known or less well-known women’s writing on Contemporary Women’s writing;
  • Historical fiction;
  • Utopian/dystopian fiction;
  • Women’s science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime;
  • Feminist genealogies and generations;
  • Gendered temporalities;
  • Women’s writing and new technologies;
  • Women’s writing and the literary market place

Please send 250 word abstracts to by 15 September 2017.

Final chapters should be up to 8,000 words in length and will be due by April 30th 2018.

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 The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2017  and the participants will be notified by 15 June 2017.


For further details, see conference site: :    

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