Celebrating Women's Writing - 19 June 2010

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This one-day conference celebrates the journal Women's Writing which is devoted to the work of women writers before the First World War. Published by Routledge, it was co-founded in 1994 by Professor Janet Todd and Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts as a forum for dialogue, discussion and debate and is now a leading journal in the field. Three general and special issues are published annually. Special issues fall into three main groups: those dealing with specific authors (e.g. "Jane Austen", "Mary Shelley" and "Charlotte Bronte"); those concerned with national and regional topics (e.g. "Australian Women" and "Scottish Women"); and those that concentrate on certain themes, genres and literary periods (e.g "Sex, Gender and the Female Body" and "Women and the Victorian Occult"). The conference will serve as a retrospective and review of scholarship on women's writing over nearly forty years of criticism, from Janet Todd's founding of the first journal to concentrate on the topic: Women and Literature. There will be an opportunity in the conference to reflect upon the distance we have travelled in these decades, on our present condition and on directions for the future.
The conference will address women's writing before 1914 in literary, cultural, historical, or ideological formations. Themes which contributors may wish to consider, but to which they are not limited, include:

*Women's writing and second/third wave feminism
*Anxieties of influence: women and their literary foremothers
*Neglected women writers
*Women as biographical subject
*The literary market-place
*Female readerships
*Multiple discourses e.g. the other arts and sciences
*Women and genre
*Travel writing
*Public and the private spheres
*Journals, diaries and letters
*Women's writing in the curriculum
*Gender and the body e.g. illness, sexuality

'Celebrating Women's Writing' is jointly organised by Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and the University of the West of England, Gender Studies Research Group, Bristol and is supported by Routledge journals. It will form part of the annual Woman's Word at Lucy Cavendish festival.

Please send 200 word abstracts for 15-20 minute papers by 31 March 2010 to the conference organisers:

Professor Janet Todd
President of Lucy Cavendish

Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts
Reader in Literary Studies