Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century. Post-2000 writing has proved itself as arguably wide-ranging and innovative as its predecessors. The post-millennial decade has witnessed a new literary generation emerge alongside increasingly sophisticated engagements with genre fiction, while already established, now canonical, writers have continued to publish work that commands attention. This same period has witnessed the growth of new models of literary production, evolving cultural contexts, and an increasingly transnational planet.
We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations on British fiction. Papers on individual authors and single works are welcome, as are essays on broader trends that explore the cultural, historical and stylistic contexts that have produced twenty-first century British fiction.
These might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics and themes:
Authenticity Writing after theory The waning of postmodernism Science and medicine in literature Transnational belonging Postimperial/global imaginaries Genre/post-genre fictions Post-devolution writing Narrative multiplicity Provincial/urban voices Fictions of suburbia Hysterical Realism The post-9/11 novel in Britain Ecocriticism Digital media and the novel Graphic fictions Adaptations and appropriations Class, power and marginality Literary inheritances Fictions of alterity Childrens/young adult literature Gender, sexuality and feminism Post-millenial utopian/dystopian spaces
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by 15th March 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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