Wife, Mother, Siren, Artist: Challenging the Patriarchal Stereotype

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Dave Clayton / University of Chichester
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CALL FOR PAPERS: British Women’s Writing from 1930 to 1970


Wife, Mother, Siren, Artist: Challenging the Patriarchal Stereotype 

A two-day Conference at the University of Chichester

Saturday June 9th and Sunday June 10th 2018

Co-organised by Dr Miles Leeson and David Clayton

Department of English, Creative Writing, History and Politics 

The title of this year’s conference: Wife, Mother, Siren, Artist: Challenging the Patriarchal Stereotype is intended to stimulate discussion about how women writers challenged the paradigms imposed on them by the male dominated culture of the period. Horner and Zlosnik's  Landscapes of Desire: Metaphors in Modern Women’s Fiction highlighted ‘how women writers of the past came to terms with contemporary social constructs of ‘woman’; how, in effect, their work deconstructed cultural paradigms of womanhood delineating the serene mother, the beautiful siren, the devoted wife, the eccentric artist.’ This year’s conference will explore how women writers of the period negotiated this territory, establishing for women a new freedom to challenge these paradigms. The conference title is intended to be broad enough to allow for the many varied interpretations which contributors may bring, whilst maintaining an underlying thread of common interest.

We continue to endorse the rationale for the choice of period and focus on women that the Hull conference initiated in 2016, and continued in 2017 at Chichester. This year we are proposing to expand, by ten years, the period covered to 1970, in order to bridge the gap between the periods defined by Modernism, and Contemporary Women’s Writing.

The work of women writers in this period is enjoying a period of renaissance among both academics and readers. In addition to the continuing re-evaluation of lesser-known female authors, the inclusion of the ostensibly more vibrant decade of the 1960s offers scope for a consideration of some of the bolder styles represented in the burgeoning literature of a new social and sexual revolution expressed in fiction, drama, poetry and journalism. 

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words for papers of no more than 20 minutes or panels of three associated papers related to the aims of the conference.  Please include a brief biographical statement.

Email to: bww3070@chi.ac.uk 

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 May 2018

Responses by 15 May 2018