CFP: ‘Revision, Revival, Rediscovery’… ‘Re’ words in British Women’s Writing between 1930 and 1960

Recovery; Revival; Rediscovery; Resistance; Retrenchment; Reclamation; Rebellion; Resignation; Rescue; Revolution…

A One-day Conference at the University of Hull

June 24th. 2016 Dr. Jane Thomas and Sue Kennedy

Department of English

Keynote speakers: Professor Mary Joannou, Anglia Ruskin University

Professor Gill Plain, University of St Andrews

The period of women’s literary history between 1930 and 1960 is beginning to receive the closer attention of literary scholars, feminists and cultural historians. It is a period characterised in many ways by the prefix ‘re’; emblematic of the persistent impulse for re-evaluation of women’s writing that occupies an uncertain, liminal place in relation to the canon.

Located in the ‘no-man’s land’ recently labelled ‘intermodernism’ by Kristin Bluemel and others, the work of women writers in the period between 1930 and 1960 has been too easily overlooked in assessments of large movements in literature. Situated after the Women’s Suffrage Movement, World War One, and high modernism, it remains distinct from the Auden generation, but precedes the appearance of the ‘kitchen sink’, the ‘sexual revolution’, and the ‘woman’s confessional novel’. The thirty-year time-span nonetheless encompasses the destabilisation of Europe, total war, recovery, reconstruction and reform. Whether and how such experiences influenced, implicitly or explicitly, the creative output of the woman writer is a key question for the conference.

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words, plus brief biography, for papers of no more than 20 minutes or panels of three associated papers which could include any of a broad range of related issues. Please refer to website for further ideas/details


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Closing date for submissions: March 15th. 2016