National Seminar on Contemporary British Fiction: Texts and Contexts

deadline for submissions: 
October 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English Dibrugarh University



Call for papers:  National Seminar on Contemporary British Fiction: Texts and Contexts

19-21 December, 2019

Department of English, Dibrugarh University

British Fiction since the 1960s has been an area that is affected by the crucial turn in English studies towards the larger field of cultural studies. The 1970s especially marked a decisive shift in the economic, ideological and cultural sphere leading to the emergence of the postmodern, postindustrial and postnational era. Consequently a shift in the discipline of English studies can be noticed with more focus on ‘theory, history, politics, cultural studies and interdisciplinarity in general. The turn towards cultural studies in the last two decades of the twentieth century has limited the attention of scholars on this area and even in the syllabi not many works produced in the recent times are included.  Interestingly the Granta magazine in its inaugural issue (1979) announced “the end of the English novel and the beginning of British fiction”. Consequently the idea of an altered place for British fiction has gained prominence since then. Keeping aside the dominance of critical theory in contemporary English studies it is felt that a revisiting of such new works of literature will provide occasions to examine and understand fiction as it explores the post war world and its renewed thrust on life. The three day national seminar will address these cultural and socio-political framing of the genre and investigate the major themes and issues that emerged during this period with particular emphasis on the transition from realism to postmodernism and beyond.  The seminar will investigate the fictional crafts of writers like John Fowles, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Julian Barnes, A.S Byatt, and many others in an attempt to chart the growth of British fiction in the contemporary times.

Some of the sub themes that the seminar intends to address are:

  • Revising/Revisiting History
  • Memory and Re-memory
  • Post-War trauma
  • Everyday Life
  • Science fiction
  • Gender and Sexuality/Body
  • Historiographic Metafiction
  • Postmodernity
  • Ecocriticism/Empire and environment
  • Graphic fiction
  • Fiction and the film industry
  • New ethnicities
  • Detective Fiction

Papers on any other theme are also welcome.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts- 10th October, 2019

Acceptance notification- 22nd October, 2019

Submission of full papers- 22nd November, 2019

An abstract of not more than five hundred words along with a short bio note should be sent to the following email-id:

Registration fee

Students and Research scholars- 1200/-

Faculty- 2000/-

The registration fee would include the conference kit, breakfast, lunch and tea from 19-21st December, 2019. Outstation contributors are encouraged to seek independent funding for travel. Accommodation may be arranged on paid basis subject to prior information.