CFP: Second International Doris Lessing Conference: Nation, Politics and Identity (UK) (9/30/06; 7/6/07-7/8/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Watkins, Susan
contact email: 
S.Watkins@leedsmet.ac.uk

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

SECOND INTERNATIONAL DORIS LESSING CONFERENCE
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July 2007

Supported by the Doris Lessing Society and the Contemporary Women's
Writing Network (an English Association Special Interest Group)

The Guest of Honour, Doris Lessing, will be introducing the conference.

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Clare Hanson, University of Loughborough
Professor Virginia Tiger, University of Rutgers
Professor Dennis Walder, Open University

DORIS LESSING: NATION, POLITICS AND IDENTITY

Doris Lessing is one of the UK's best-known novelists. Since 1950 when
her first novel was published, her fiction has confronted the 'big
issues' of the twentieth century: the violence of war and colonialism,
class and race inequalities, the appeal of nationalism and changes in
the role of women. The conference will explore Lessing's involvement in
left-wing politics, her status as a post-colonial writer and her key
role in second-wave feminism. It will also consider Lessing's position
as a 'British' writer and examine issues about nationality, 'race' and
decolonisation raised in her writing. In addition, the conference will
examine the narrative complexity and generic variety of Lessing's work.

We plan to publish a selection of papers in various places, including in
Doris Lessing Studies, the journal of the Doris Lessing Society.

We encourage as broad a range of contributions as possible, but we
particularly welcome proposals for panels and individual submissions
that relate Lessing's work to the following:

Postcolonial criticism and theory;
Left-wing politics;
Gender identity and second-wave feminism;
Genre, including autobiography, science fiction, gothic, fantasy and
romance;
Trauma and the body;
Aging and memory;
Terrorism;
Becoming animal;
Pregnancy, maternity and culture.

Please send 300-word abstracts (as a Word Attachment) and proposals for
panels (which should include abstracts for each contributor) to
p.cook_at_leedsmet.ac.uk.

Deadline: 30 September 2006

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