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:

  • Sarah Hayden (University of Cork)

  • Dr Rina Kim (University of Warwick)

  • Dr Mark Llwellyn (University of Liverpool)

  • Dr Claire Nally (University of Sunderland)

  • Dr Bryony Randall (University of Glasgow)

  • Dr Claire Westall (University of Warwick)

  • Dr Madeleine Wood (University of Warwick)

Topics already covered include:

  • Victorianisms & Anxieties of Appropriation: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Constance Fenimore Woolsoon, Vernon Lee, Mabel E. Wootton and Michel Faber
  • Rejecting/Embracing the Other, the Abject Entity: Djuna Barnes and Samuel Beckett
  • Voicing the Gendered Body: Narratives of cinematic gender crossings

We are especially looking for papers addressing the following concerns:

  • Gender and sexuality in relation to culture, history, and politics in the post-war period
  • Gender and the cultural politics of emotion-          Literary voice, gendered identities and representations of self/other
  • Intersections between literature and psychoanalysis
  • Interrogations of gendered subject positions in relation to identity, nation and/or exile
  • Representations of masculinities and/or homosexual identities
  • Literary adaptations/reappropriations of myths by wo/men 

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:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Email Address
  • Title of paper
  • Brief description abstract/summary of paper (300 words) 


* Deadline for submissions: Sunday 29th of November 2009. 

Abstracts and enquires should be addressed to: Dr. Rina Kim (Rina dot Kim at and/or Dr. Claire Westall (C dot L dot Westall at