CFP: [International] Echoes of the Past:Women, History and Memory in Fiction and Film

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Emma Short
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Echoes of the Past:Women, History and Memory in Fiction and Film

Newcastle University, June 26-28 2009

Keynote Speakers:
Kate Mosse (best-selling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre)
Deborah Cartmell (De Montfort University)
Veronica Gregg (City University of New York)
Diana Wallace (University of Glamorgan)

'For most of history, Anonymous was a woman' ~ Virginia Woolf

The intricacy and instability of the historical narrative has been a
dominant theme of late twentieth-century scholarship. While the role of
women has been largely reclaimed in historiography, what has not been
considered is the role of women in writing history. How do women write
history in fiction? And how are women represented in historical
fictions? This interdisciplinary conference will examine both the
creation by and the representation of women in historical fictions
through asking how historical fictions shape our relationship to the
past. From the political and sexual intrigues of Philippa Gregory's
Tudor courts to the romantic North-East sagas of Catherine Cookson, from
the artistry of Sarah Dunant's renaissance Florence to the vivid squalor
of Sarah Waters' Victorian London, and from Vivien Leigh in Gone With
the Wind to Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth - we invite papers that engage
with and challenge the fictionalisation of women in history, and seek to
expose how this influences our readings of the past.

Possible topics include:
* repeating history (Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Elizabeth I)
* historical fiction and fantasy/science fiction
* popular culture in historical fiction/ historical fiction as
popular culture
* national & regional identities in historical fiction
* queer subjectivities
* motherhood & historical fiction
* boundaries between history and literature
* historical romance

This interdisciplinary event will be of interest to anyone with an
interest in women's writing, women and/in film, gender and history,
historiography, and historical fictions/films.

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20 minute papers/ 750-word abstracts
for 3-person panels to <> by 15th September 2008.
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