Legacies and Lifespans

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Contemporary Women's Writing

The field of Contemporary Women’s Writing focuses on women’s writing from 1970-present and is suggestive of continuity, while also indicating a distinction from the female authored works which came before.

This book has a double focus. We are particularly looking for chapters that look backwards and/or forwards, and examine the connections between women writers from the late twentieth century and the twenty-first century. The book aims to focus on how twenty-first-century female writers look back and respond to their predecessors within the field of Contemporary Women’s Writing. As well as looking back to the foundations of Contemporary Women’s Writing, the book will look forward, and consider how Contemporary Women’s Writing will be defined in future decades. With a global outlook, we are seeking chapters that examine the legacies of foundational writers and texts and explore how women writers from the twenty-first century respond to these influential authors and seminal works, and how they deal with new issues in new ways. Chapters are invited which focus on prose fiction, poetry, drama and other forms of Contemporary Women’s writing.

Topics include – but are not limited to:

· The politics of rewriting the past and imagining the future;

· New genres / new forms;

· The future of feminist literary criticism;

· Writing in an age of crisis;

· Defining the contemporary;

· Legacies and influences of well-known or less well-known women’s writing on Contemporary Women’s writing;

· Historical fiction;

· Utopian/dystopian fiction;

· Women’s science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime;

· Feminist genealogies and generations;

· Gendered temporalities;

· Women’s writing and new technologies;

· Women’s writing and the literary market place


Please send 250 word abstracts to legaciesandlifespans@gmail.com by September 15th 2017.

Final chapters should be up to 8,000 words in length and will be due by April 30th 2018.