[UPDATE] CFP David Mitchell Conference, 3-4 September, UK

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Dr Sarah Dillon, University of St Andrews

David Mitchell is one of Britain's foremost contemporary writers, author of four novels with a fifth forthcoming: his first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; his second, number9dream (2001), was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction; his third novel, Cloud Atlas (2004), was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his fourth novel, Black Swan Green (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Quill Book Award (USA). In 2003, David Mitchell was amongst one of twenty writers named by Granta magazine as 'Best of Young British Novelists'. Popular with literary prizes and the reading public alike, Mitchell has also recently become the subject of academic attention, with his novels appearing on university contemporary fiction reading lists, papers being presented on his work at academic conferences, and doctoral work proceeding at a number of institutions. This activity indicates that a significant critical body of writing on Mitchell is in the process of development. In the light of this, this conference aims to bring those scholars working on David Mitchell's writing together in intellectual dialogue and exchange. This will consolidate and advance the critical work currently underway on his writing, leading to the first edited collection of essays on his work. The organisers are issuing a call for papers on any topic related to David Mitchell's writing. Topics might include, but are not limited to, David Mitchell's writing and:

- genre, science fiction, autobiographical fiction
- film, music
- narratology
- pastiche
- intertextual connections
- inter and intra-cultural relations, Japan, East-West cultural interchange
- history and historical representations
- postmodernity
- myth
- childhood, memory and nostalgia
- politics and terrorism
- the British publishing industry

The conference welcomes papers from any discipline, a variety of theoretical perspectives and those which engage with media beyond that of the written text. Submissions are welcome from both research students and academics. Please send a title and 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with your name, affiliation and 100 word professional biography to mitchell.conference@gylphi.co.uk
by 6th April 2009.

Conference Organiser: Dr Sarah Dillon, School of English, University of St Andrews
Conference Sponsor: Glyphi Arts and Humanities Publisher
Conference website: http://www.gylphi.co.uk/mitchell