A conference on the work of Patricia Duncker

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Ben Davies and Jana Funke

About the Conference
This two-day conference, dedicated exclusively to Patricia Duncker's work, is the first of its kind. It aims to bring together an international group of scholars to explore the various aspects of Duncker's work and to facilitate a lively exchange between the author, her readers and critics.

Patricia Duncker
Duncker is one of today's most compelling and highly acclaimed writers. Her work includes five novels, two collections of short stories, several volumes of critical essays and edited anthologies of contemporary women's writing. Her intriguing first novel Hallucinating Foucault (1996) won the Dillons First Fiction Award and the McKitterick Prize. Her collection of short stories Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees (1997) was shortlisted for the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and her fourth novel Miss Webster and Chérif (2006) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Several of her novels have been re-issued over the years and her fiction has been translated into many languages. Duncker has also enjoyed a very successful academic career and is currently Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester.

Duncker's writing is astonishingly diverse. Her fiction draws creatively on different literary modes, such as gothic writing, historical fiction, life writing and the mystery story. It explores a number of topical issues, including questions of gender and sexuality, colonial identity, 9/11 and its aftermath, the relation between sex and death, and the erotics of reading and writing. As may be gleamed from this list, many of Duncker's works feed into contemporary problematics and current socio-political debates, as well as academic studies such as queer theory, gender studies, feminist theory and postcolonial studies. Duncker is also a widely published literary critic: she has written on writers like Théophile Gautier, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and Angela Carter, inviting her readers to explore the parallels and productive tensions between her fiction and her criticism.

Call for Papers
The conference welcomes papers on any topic related to Patricia Duncker's writing. Topics might include, but are not limited to, Patricia Duncker's writing and:

Categories of Difference, e.g. Gender, Sexuality, Race, Class and Age
Crossculturalism and Multiculturalism
The Erotic
Foucault, Madness and Discourse
Genre/Literary Mode, e.g. Crime Fiction, Life Writing, Historical Fiction, the Gothic
Intergenerational Dynamics
Love and Intimacy
Outsiderism and Marginality
The Relationship between Philosophy and Literature
The Relationship between Reader and Writer; the Erotics of Reading and Writing
Representations of the Body
Terrorism and Post-9/11 Fiction
Time, Place and Space
Women's Writing and Publishing

The conference is interdisciplinary in scope. Papers from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives are welcome. Research students and academics alike are invited to submit.