University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 8-10, 2009
Due date for submissions – September 20, 2008
Where Are We Now: Margins and Moves in Women’s Writings
Carol Shields earned critical praise for extending and crossing boundaries, for bringing to the centre of serious literary examination those aspects of women’s lives that had been “in the margins.” In honor of her life and work, we invite proposals (in a variety of genres) that address
- Where do we find the influences of Carol Shields in current writing by women?
- What aspects of women’s lives still remain “in the margins” of literary enquiry?
- What needs to be written that “isn’t on the library shelf”?
- What different perspectives and new narrative approaches are now appearing in women’s writings; i.e. are there identifiable “moves” in current women’s writing?
We are also interested in the ways that organized social movements—the women’s movement and feminism, in particular—have opened up space for women to work, live, and create. Some avenues of enquiry in this area could be:
-How have these movements themselves altered or expanded, who do they now speak for, and how do their principles and energy play out in Carol’s work or in other writing by women?
-How has the women’s movement connected, healed, or split generations of women?
-How can we carry forward legacies created by women who have written and struggled within the margins?
Note that the CFP submission form, along with further details, may be found on the Symposium's website, http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/festival-of-voices.
Carol Shields Festival of Voices
c/o Debbie Schnitzer
Department of English
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
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