REMINDER - 'We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes': Stevie Smith Conference, 11th March 2016; Jesus College, Oxford

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Noreen Masud (Oxford); Dr Frances White (Kingston)

'We all have these thoughts sometimes.'
-- Stevie Smith, Some Are More Human Than Others (1958)

The work of Stevie Smith (1902-1971) has received uneven critical attention. Widely loved outside the academy, her novels and poetry resist traditional modernist narratives.

However, Smith is enjoying a revival both within and beyond academia. Not only has Virago Press recently re-released her novels, but a critical edition of her poems is forthcoming.

Given this resurgence in popular and academic interest in her writing, we invite you to share 'thoughts' on Stevie Smith's work, for a one-day conference in Oxford. Contributors may consider, but need not be limited to:

- Stevie Smith and her contemporaries
- Smith and life-writing
- Smith in relation to modernism/postmodernism
- Stevie Smith's critical history
- Smith and her forebears (myth, fairytale, the Victorians…)
- Stevie Smith and visual art
- Smith and "simplicity"
- Smith in her historical-political context
- Stevie Smith and gender

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers, to be delivered in panels of three. Individual proposals (of 250 words), and panel proposals (of up to 700 words), for three papers interacting under a common theme, are warmly accepted. Creative responses to Smith's work are also welcome.

The conference's plenary speakers have been confirmed as Professor Dame Hermione Lee and Dr Will May.

Please send proposals to The deadline for submissions is 11th November 2015. The conference will take place on 11th March 2016 at Jesus College, Oxford.

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This conference is organised in association with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW).