Call for Abstracts (21 December, 2011): Women's Writing after 9/11

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Sebastian Groes (Roehampton University), Claire Colebrook (PennState, USA), Peter Childs (Glouchestershire, UK)

Call for Submission for an edited collection on "Women's Writing after 9/11"

Editors: Sebastian Groes (Roehampton University), Claire Colebrook (PennState, USA), Peter Childs (Glouchestershire, UK)

Publisher: Palgrave

After the successful conference on contemporary women's writing in April 2011, we are now looking for supplementary contributions to a volume on novels written by women in English after 9/11. We are looking in particular for contributions on novels in the English language on non-British authors (North America, Australia, Indian etc).

After a first wave of often direct responses to the 9/11 by male authors such as Don DeLillo, Jay McInerney, and Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan, this book points out that an often much subtler and indirect engagement with this important historical event has been taking place in the work of women writers in the UK and US. This collection of criticism argues that women novelists offer a different yet vital and valuable perspective on, and (re-)interpretation of, this traumatic world event. For example, not only does the female perception understand this heavily mediatised event in other ways, but it has also 'dealt with' the subsequent proliferation of surveillance techniques in a distinctly different manner. Indeed, women have clearly responded to the male violence in radically different ways, at both the level of subject matter and form. This book therefore suggests that a clear and refined 'turn' has taken place, during which women writers have showed a new or renewed interest in issues such as time, consciousness, place and trauma, rhetoric, nature and ecology, and sexuality and reproduction. For instance, they voice trauma and violence through a renegotiation of the traditional division between public and private space, pointing to the subsequent 'impossibility of domesticity'. We also argue that all these issues are refracting, and refracted by, the violence of 9/11, which has reshaped the traditional image (a projection by men) of women as redeemers.

Please submit abstracts of 350 words and a short biographical statement to Sebastian Groes ( by December 21, 2011.

Final submission of contributions: 30 June, 2012.