Panel: Contemporary Women Writers and Literary Prizes, 1st-2nd July 2010

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Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester
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As part of the conference, 'Contemporary Literature and its Contexts',at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, I'm looking for two papers on the broad area of Contemporary Women Writers (post-1970) and Prizes. There is currently a paper on 'Originality, Excellence, Accessibility: The Highs and Lows of the Orange Prize'. Papers could either complement or contrast with this. Topics could be:

* Women Writers and the Booker Prize
* Analysis of Prize-Winning Work by Women Writers
* Popular Culture and its Prizes won by Women
* Prizes and Cultural Value in terms of women writers
* Literary Prizes and their marginalisation of work by women - who is ignored and why?
* The role of the market in the selection of shortlists - does gender tend to be 'naturalised' in terms of commercial interests?

Or any other topics

Please send short proposals of 300 words to Nick Turner,, by May 14th 2010.