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Cross-Gendered Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing (Book Collection) 29/11/2009
full name / name of organization:
Dr Rina Kim; Dr Claire Westall / University of Warwick, UK
Cross-Gendered Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing
Call for Papers (Book Collection)
Editors: Dr. Rina Kim and Dr. Claire Westall (University of Warwick, UK)
Following the successful conference of the same name held in Summer 2008 at the University of Warwick, we are seeking additional chapter contributions in order to complete a book collection which already benefits from a set of excellent academic papers produced for the event. This volume aims to investigate male writers’ use of the female voice and female writers’ use of the male voice in order to examine whether the creation of new textual voices reflects specific psychological, social, cultural, historical and political contexts as well as the author’s own artistic ambitions. For example, borrowing a female voice Samuel Beckett attempts to assuage the anxiety he felt over expressing grief and in breaking the social and cultural codification of mourning, where the practice of mourning has typically been allocated to the female domain in the Western literary tradition. Additionally, Virginia Woolf’s use of male voices can be seen as her attempt to “represent the androgynous mind that she called for in A Room of One’s Own”, as Eileen Sypher writes. A further example is provided if we follow Iris Murdoch’s first-person narrative in a novel like A Severed Head where we find that a middle-aged bourgeois man who boasts of himself as a survivor is in fact a victim and the most naïve person in the novel. Using subjective narration, through a male narrator in particular, as Gillian Dooley states, Murdoch creates “veiled meanings, ironies and mixed messages”, challenging the reader not to be deceived by the narration. As these cases suggest, whether it is a conscious or unconscious decision, such cross-gendered voices create tensions, ambiguities and double meanings, raising pertinent questions about the appropriation of, resistance to, or an embracing of, a gendered Other.
Confirmed contributors include:
Topics already covered include:
We are especially looking for papers addressing the following concerns:
Under these headings we would welcome chapters that explore the use of cross-gendered voices in the works of the following writers: Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Iris Murdoch, and contemporary authors of significance.
Proposals for papers need to contain the following information:
* Deadline for submissions: Sunday 29th of November 2009.
Abstracts and enquires should be addressed to: Dr. Rina Kim (Rina dot Kim at warwick.ac.uk) and/or Dr. Claire Westall (C dot L dot Westall at warwick.ac.uk).