Women's Autofiction

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
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The past several decades have witnessed the rise of the autofictional novel. Coined by Serge Doubrovsky in 1977 and originally associated with French experimental writers, the term has come to encompass an ever-expanding corpus of quasi-fictional texts. This panel focuses on the women at the vanguard of this genre: from Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick (1997) to Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? (2012), writers have blurred the line between truth and invention to explore and expose the artistic and existential conditions of female subjectivity. The frequently negative critical reception of their work (e.g. the backlash against Heti and Marie Calloway) has further underscored the challenges faced by women in a male-dominated (literary) culture.  

 Submissions are encouraged on any topic pertaining to women’s autofictional writing, which might include

  • Early or current practitioners/practices of self-fictionalization
  • Use/subversion/gendering of the confessional mode
  • Representation of race/class/gender/sexuality
  • Critical reception

 Proposals for innovative or experimental presentations (pecha kucha; ignite; multimodal) are particularly encouraged. Please send the following to myra.bloom@utoronto.ca by November 15: