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Roehampton University, London, UK

This conference aims to map and celebrate the achievements of contemporary women novelists. From A. L. Kennedy and Nicola Barker to Sarah Waters and Ali Smith, the voices of these fine writers have established an intellectually demanding literary generation with its own distinctive imagination. Invited speakers include: Claire Colebrook (Penn State), Nicola Humble (Roehampton), Laura Marcus (Oxford), and Kaye Mitchell (Manchester).

Includes readings by and discussions with:

Susanna Jones
A. L. Kennedy
Tiffany Murray
A special Virago Panel
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Papers are invited on authors and texts concentrating on themes such as gender and sexuality; feminist discourses and criticism; reading culture, the publishing industry, literary prizes and retail trade; genre (popular fiction; chick lit etc); class; ethnicity; form and aesthetics; intertextuality; postmodernity and the contemporary; Otherness; place and space; memory and history; violence and trauma; ethics and morality; humour et cetera.

Send abstracts for papers of 250 words, together with a brief biographical note, to Sebastian Groes at the (email) address below, before 28 February, 2011. Proposals for special panels are welcome. A limited number of postgraduate student bursaries are available. Requests for early notification of acceptance for international delegates are welcome. For further information and registration details, please see the website below or contact:

Dr Sebastian Groes,
Department of English Literature and Creative Writing
Roehampton University
Digby Stuart
Fincham 303
Roehampton Lane
London SW15 5PH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(0)20 8392 3291

Conference organisers: Sebastian Groes (Roehampton); Maria Soultouki (Roehampton); Peter Childs (Gloucestershire); Julia Noyce (Roehampton)

Conference website, including registration details: