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Publié le lundi 07 octobre 2002 par Natalie Petiteau

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HYSTORICAL FICTIONS: Women, History and Authorship An international conference to be held 5th - 7th August 2003 at the University of Wales Swansea, UK This three-day conference seeks to address the nature of the past and history as it is and h

Annonce

HYSTORICAL FICTIONS:
Women, History and Authorship

An international conference to be held 5th - 7th August 2003 at the University of Wales Swansea, UK


This three-day conference seeks to address the nature of the past and history as it is and has been written by women authors. Recent years have witnessed a renaissance in women writers using the past in their fiction. Authors such as Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Stevie Davies, Patricia Duncker, Phillipa Gregory, Jackie Kay, Fatima Mernissi, Toni Morrison, Michele Roberts, Rose Tremain, Alice Walker, Sarah Waters and Christa Wolf actively engage with the past - not only the past as distant from the present, but also specific pasts, specific periods / cultures and actual historical figures. If the past is by definition the origin of the present, what kind of theorised view of history do women authors offer us?
Can history, or the use of history in fiction, be theorised? What is it about history and the possibilities of (re-)writing it that so appeals to (contemporary) women writers? Why the use of a particular historical period? What kind of connections are authors trying to create between the period in which they write and the period they write about? Does the past merely offer a framing discourse for these fictions or is there also a deliberate attempt to reclaim the past? Do various genres deal differently with concepts of the past and its relationship to the present / future? This conference seeks to explore these issues and the multiple treatments of the past offered by both historical and contemporary female authors. Papers on European and world literatures are welcome.

Keynote speakers: Stevie Davies, Patricia Duncker

Possible themes might include:

* History and gender in the 18th-century Gothic novel
* Women and 19th/early 20th-century utopia
* The future imperfect: contemporary feminist utopia and dystopia
* Rewriting earlier narratives
* Revisiting the Victorians/Edwardians
* Sexing the past
* Intertextualities: history into fiction, fiction as history
* Fictional representations of historical characters
* Herstory: women historians and women's history
* Re/Inventing selves: women and auto/biography
* Ethnicities: writing race into herstory
" Impersonations: men writing the feminine
" Alice through the looking-glass: photography and film

Please email a 250-word abstract by Friday 29 November 2002

Clare Bainbridge
University of Exeter
British Association for Victorian Studies

Dates

  • vendredi 29 novembre 2002

Contacts

  • Ann Heilmann
    courriel : a [dot] b [dot] heilmann [at] swansea [dot] ac [dot] uk

Source de l'information

  • Fabrice Bensimon
    courriel : fbensimon [at] free [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« Women, History and Authorship », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le lundi 07 octobre 2002, http://calenda.org/187418