Event: The New Feminist Literary Studies

Join the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA) as we celebrate the award-winning New Feminist Literary Studies, edited by Jennifer Cooke (Cambridge University Press, 2020).  

The New Feminist Literary Studies presents sixteen essays by leading and emerging scholars based around three themes: frontiers, fields and forms; the volume takes in topics ranging from #MeToo to sex worker rights, disability studies to eco-theory, and young adult fiction to feminist manuals. The collection has won acclaim for the numerous fresh and dynamic interventions it offers into the thinking and theorising of contemporary feminism: it was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2021 (awarded by the American Library Association) and was also awarded Best Edited Collection by the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies in 2021. 

Our free event will involve Jennifer discussing her motivations for producing the volume, before inviting contributors Kaye Mitchell and Emily J. Hogg to give overviews of their pieces. All three will then discuss the question: what are the challenges facing feminist literary scholars today – and how can we thrive in the contemporary academic landscape?  

Thursday 16 November 2023, 4-5pm online.

Jennifer Cooke is Reader in Contemporary Literature and Theory at Loughborough University. Recent publications include the BACLS Best Monograph prize winner, Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing: The New Audacity(Cambridge University Press, 2020) and the double award-winning edited collection, The New Feminist Literary Studies(CUP, 2020). She’s currently writing her third monograph, entitled Help! Gender, Care, and Outsourcing in Contemporary Literature and co-editing Intersectional Feminist Research Methods: Applications in the Social Sciences and Humanities. She is co-editor of the CUP series Elements in Feminism and Contemporary Critical Theory


Kaye Mitchell is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Director of the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. She has published three monographs, most recently Writing Shame: Contemporary Literature, Gender and Negative Affect(EUP, 2020). Her editorial publications include a collection of essays on the British author Sarah Waters (Bloomsbury, 2013), a special issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing (2015) on experimental women’s writing, and a co-edited collection of essays (with Nonia Williams), British Avant-Garde Fiction of the 1960s (EUP, 2019). Kaye is the UK editor of the OUP journal, Contemporary Women’s Writing, is on the editorial board of Open Gender Journal in Germany, and is a series editor of Bloomsbury’s ‘Contemporary Critical Perspectives’ series.  


Emily J. Hogg is associate professor of contemporary anglophone literature, PI of the research project Feminized: A New Literary History of Women’s Work, and co-director of the Center for Uses of Literature at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research focuses on the social and political dimensions of contemporary literature and has been published in Textual Practice, Criticism, and English Studies, among other venues. She is also the co-editor of Precarity in Contemporary Literature and Culture(Bloomsbury, 2021). 

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