Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the Nineteenth Century to Now - Deadline for Abstracts June 1st

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Literary Dolls:The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now

University of Durham, International Women's Day, 8th March 2014

Key Note Speakers:

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jane Smiley

Professor Jo Phoenix, University of Durham

Dr Kate MacDonald, University of Ghent

Through history women's bodies have been the subject of artistic presentation, ostensibly to celebrate the beauty of the female form, but also to fetishize, to dismember and to control women both within the arts and in the wider world. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to appraise the depiction of women's physical form in artworks, as well as how artistic presentation has informed other disciplines, from the Nineteenth Century to Now, in order to assess how far the arts have changed in line with apparent developments in the treatment of women, over the comparable historical gulf. We are also keen to consider the social impact the arts have had, and continue to have, on the treatment of women.
We welcome abstracts of three hundred words for twenty minute papers discussing any textual presentation of women's bodies. This includes literary depictions, but also those in film, television, digital media, the visual arts and the applied social sciences.
Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

 The romanticised female form
 Femininity vs. Femaleness vs. Womanliness
 The historicized figure
 The broken form
 Fetishized body parts
 Females made inanimate, e.g. as dolls or statues
 Media representations of femaleness
 The social impact of textual bodily
 The sexual figure
 The body in motion
 Woman as goddess or muse
 The maternal female
 Females ensnared in the text
 Violence on the body
 Queering the body

Please send abstracts to by 1st June 2013.

In association with the University of Durham's Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities