RRMLA 2014. La science fiction chez les écrivains françaises (WIF panel)

full name / name of organization: 
Rocky Mountain MLA - Women in French session
contact email: 
dolidon@pdx.edu

This session proposes to explore and discuss science fiction by French and Francophone women authors, through all issues present in texts (novels or short stories): hybrid bodies, network connections, environmental issues, political systems, cloning, gender relations, and much more.
Deadline: MARCH 15, 2014

French science fiction is largely unknown in the United-States due in part to a lack of translated texts from French into English. And yet, there is in France a growing scholarship on the history of French science-fiction, as well as its poetics and favorite themes. Although largely dominated by male authors, the genre attracts many women who use it to comment on the present or imagine societies in the far or near future. Many mainstream authors have also experimented with the future without being categorized as SF writers, such as Amin Maalouf (Le premier siècle après Béatrice), Marie Darrieussecq (White, Zoo), Michel Houellebecq (La possibilité d’une île). For this reason, this session welcomes proposals pertaining to any traditional and hard SF by women authors (such as Sylvie Denis and Elisabeth Vonarburg), but also about any text in which the author develops a vision of the future. *Presentations focusing on female characters in French SF will also be considered.

cfp categories: 
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
renaissance
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond