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CREATIVE FORUM – Journal of Literary & Critical Writings
(Vol. 28, No. 1, Jan-Jun 2015)

Special Number on WOMEN'S WRITING

Women's writing as a specific area of literary studies is based on the notion that the experience of women, historically, has been shaped by their gender. Journals, organizations, awards, and conferences which focus exclusively on texts produced by women focus on aspects of literature by women, and hence women's writing is generally considered an area of specialization in its own right. In the West, second-wave feminism prompted a general re-evaluation of women's historical contributions, and various academic sub-disciplines. The widespread interest in women's writing was influenced by a general reassessment and expansion of the literary canon. Interest in women theorists and critics, Romantic and Victorian literary productions by women, postmodernism, post-colonial literature, LGBT literature, writing by women of color, working women's writing, and the cultural productions of other historically marginalized groups have resulted in the expansion of this area of study. Genres like children's writing, memoir, self-narratives, journal writing, travel writing, female gothic, and science fiction have become the subjects of scholarly interest.
However, the question of the existence of a distinct "women's tradition" is debatable as some scholars and editors have identified recurring themes and motifs in women's writing. Others believe that women's writing is an unstable category since women writers cannot be considered apart from their male contemporaries and the larger literary tradition. Recent academic studies on race, class, gender and sexuality in literature further complicate the issue, and work against the impulse to posit a unique women's tradition. The term "women's writing" would therefore imply that women, however diverse, in some sense constitute a group that shares a position of difference based on gender. Women writing in English would include several indigenous, ethnic and hybrid and national traditions, including Irish, African, American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, Caribbean, New Zealand, South Pacific, and British. This approach implies that gender dynamics provides opportunities for novel paths of inquiry.
We welcome book reviews and original research papers on women's writing and on the following areas that are identified as deserving serious deliberations but not restricted to:

• History of feminism
• Ecriture feminine
• Feminist film theory
• Feminist literary theory and criticism
• Women artists
• Women's fiction
• Women's cinema
• Women's memoirs, autobiographies,
• Gender in science fiction
• Women in science fiction, Cyber feminism
• Women science fiction authors
• Women's music
• Women diaspora writers and literature
• Ethnic and indigenous women's writing
• Women in the Arts
• Women's Travel Writing
• Queer studies
• Queer theory and literature

Papers pertaining to the areas mentioned above should be submitted electronically in MS-Word 2000-2003-2007 format to the Guest Editor / Editors at their e-mail addresses given below not later than 31st November 2014. The length of the papers should not exceed 4500-5000 words.

All papers submitted to CF should be original, neither having been previously published nor being considered elsewhere at the time of submission.

Manuscripts should be in conformity with the CF format, which is available on our website or according to the APA 6th edition manuscript format as specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Guest Editor
C. G. Shyamala
Assistant Professor
Post-graduate and Research Dept. of English
Mercy College, Palakkad 678006, Kerala
Mo: +919495855736

Harpreet Kaur Bahri
Deepinder Singh Bahri
1749A/5, Govindpuri Extension
Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019
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