This is the second conference held at the Institute of Romance Studies to foreground new women’s writing in French. The first was held in January 2000 and has given rise to the Contemporary Women’s Writing in French Seminar which meets at IRS and regional institutions 2-3 times per year. A volume of essays, Women’s Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s, ed. Gill Rye and Michael Worton, will be published by Manchester University Press in 2002.
The aim of the 2002 conference is two-fold:
to search out new writing by women in French which will be of interest to students, teachers and researchers, and
to provide a forum for current academic studies and critical work on contemporary women’s literature in French. It is expected that selected contributions will be published.
The focus will be mainly, but not exclusively, on writers living and working in metropolitan France. Contributions on texts published from 1995 onwards will be favoured. Proposals are welcome on a wide range of writing: fiction, life/writing, theatre, poetry, new texts by established writers, as well as by the exciting new generation of writers that is currently garnering so much interest in France and beyond. Themes can be wide-ranging but papers will generally address topics relating to gender and/or new forms and aesthetics of writing.
Proposals for papers (not more than 300 words) should be sent by 31 January 2002 to Dr. Gill Rye at the address below.
For enquiries about the Contemporary Women’s Writing in French Seminar or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Gill Rye.
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