Registration is now open and the provisional programme has been announced for "Women Writing Space: Representations of Gender and Space in post-1850 British Women's Writing" taking place at the University of Warwick, Saturday 7th March 2009.
Please see the conference website for a booking form and the programme; abstracts of papers will appear shortly.
Further conference information:
In the second half of the 20th century space has become a reference point of cultural debates. Feminist critics have been particularly receptive to the new findings in this field, and set out to explore the specificity of the relationship between gendered subjects and the spaces they inhabit.
This one-day conference will explore spatial perspectives on women’s writing from a range of disciplines, reflecting the scope of contemporary feminist interest in spatial configurations. The conference will address the issue of “how British women writers represent space”, considering questions such as, how do women writers construct literary space? What types of spaces/places are represented in works by women? How are received notions of space/place interpreted, accepted, or contested? How do we theorise the textual spaces in women’s writing?
Papers will discuss British women’s writing over a period ranging from the mid-19th century to the present. This choice conveys our intuition that the contemporary interest in space may be traced back to the Victorian age, when industrialization, and the rapid changes in landscape and workplace it involved, considerably developed the writers’ spatial awareness. Without losing sense of the specificity of the historical periods involved, this conference will therefore provide the site for a productive comparative perspective.
Lynne Walker (University of London)
Rosa Ainley (London Metropolitan University)
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