Saints and Sinners: Michele Roberts, Postmodernism and Feminism in Literature in English

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Department of English Literature, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

'I am a stranger in this world' says the nun, the narrator of a story of a forbidden book by Marguerite Porete. The year is 1340, thirty years after Marguerite was burned at the stake for writing and disseminating her heretical work, The Mirror of Simple Souls. The place is England, a Cistercian nunnery where she tells her story the night before her death, knowing that the book irretrievably changed but also shortened her life. But the idea of being a stranger in the world is not an uncommon one for many other Michele Roberts' characters.

From the early feminists to postmodern protagonists her novels rewrite medieval saints and sinners, Victorian mediums and contemporary visionaries, offering us new perspectives on well known stories and motifs.

Studies in Literature in English (SILIE), published with Peter Lang, welcomes complete papers (max. 12-15 pages, with 200-250 word abstract) about topics related to postmodern rewriting of history and culture and, most importantly, the feminist standpoint on both contemporary and earlier literature in English.

Papers on the works by Michele Roberts are of particular interest to us but we are open to articles on feminism, women's history, feminist rewritings and feminist takes on the concepts of sainthood and sinfulness.

The deadline for submissions is 20th of January 2014.
Please send papers to dr Katarzyna Bronk at and