REVISITING THE SADEIAN WOMAN, postgraduate conference April 11 2014, Swansea University. CFP DEADLINE 14 DECEMBER 2013

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Swansea University

2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade's death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture. From Angela Carter's 1979 polemic The Sadeian Woman: An Exercise in Cultural History, Andrea Dworkin's seminal text Pornography: Men Possessing Woman (1981) and the recent cultural phenomenon of E. L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, Sade's work permeates both fiction and non-fiction, and is a central component of contemporary debates surrounding feminism, sexuality and pornography. The anticipated film release of Fifty Shades of Grey pays testimony to Sade's ongoing presence in literature and other media.

This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? Are images of sado-masochistic relationships changing? How do erotic and pornographic texts affect expectations of masculinity and femininity? Is the internet having a detrimental impact on our attitudes towards sex and relationships? What role does social media play in shaping our perceptions of gender? Are particular groups/individuals reluctant to identify with a feminist identity – if so, why?

We are seeking 20 minute papers from disciplines in the Arts and Humanities that discuss a range of Sadeian topics related to sex, gender and sexuality, including, but by no means limited to:

•Erotic and Romance fiction;
•New readings of canonical/critical discussions of Sade;
•Feminist debates;
•Images of masculinity;
•Writing and reception of erotica;
•The role of social media / technology, and its impact upon gender studies;
•The reluctant nature of groups to identify with feminism;
•Responses to the recent publication Fifty Shades of Feminism.

As part of the conference proceedings, we will also be holding a series of poster presentations. As an alternative to giving papers, students are invited to submit posters (up to A3 size) that encapsulate their ideas relating to the conference theme, and to give a 5 minute presentation discussing this.

Please forward abstracts of no more than 300 words, with a brief biography to by no later than the 14th December 2013. If you are interested in chairing a panel, please express this in your email.

The keynote speaker is to be confirmed.