CFP: [General] Welsh Women's Writing in English: Voice, Space, Identity

full name / name of organization: 
Laura Wainwright

Welsh Women’s Writing in English: Voice, Space, Identity

A postgraduate day-seminar supported by The Feminist and Women’s Studies
Association (FWSA) and hosted by the School of English, Communication and
Philosophy at Cardiff University, 7 July 2008

Keynote speakers:
Professor Jane Aaron and Dr. Katie Gramich

Including a roundtable discussion attended by: Professor Jane Aaron
(University of Glamorgan); Dr. Katie Gramich (Cardiff University); Dr.
Becky Munford (Cardiff University); Dr. Vike Plock (Cardiff University)

Historically, Welsh authors writing in English have, with the exception
perhaps of Dylan Thomas and, to a lesser extent, R. S. Thomas, received
little critical attention outside Wales. Indeed, until fairly recently,
Welsh writing in English has been overlooked even within Wales itself;
already located on the peripheries of a dominant English-language culture,
it also shares the same space as native, Welsh-language literature.
Unsurprisingly, Welsh women writers have been particularly neglected, and
this day-seminar will follow on from the recent, pioneering studies of
Welsh women’s writing by Jane Aaron in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing
In Wales: Nation, Gender, Identity (2007) and Katie Gramich in Twentieth-
Century Women’s Writing in Wales: Land, Gender, Belonging (2007), with the
aim of stimulating interest and critical debate in the field. In
particular, the seminar aims to establish connections between Welsh
women’s writing and contemporary critical debate in the broader, related
areas of, for example:

ï'§ Feminist theory
ï'§ Gender studies
ï'§ Modernism and modernity
ï'§ Postmodernism
ï'§ Literature and the visual arts
ï'§ Post-colonialism and literary ‘space’
ï'§ Wales-Ireland and Wales-Scotland cultural relations

We welcome abstracts from postgraduate students working on any aspect of
Welsh women’s writing in English.

Please send abstracts of 200 words for 20-minute papers by 26 May 2008 to
the seminar organisers:

Laura Wainwright and Tomos Owen

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