Call for Papers
Twenty-First Century British Fiction A Symposium
Saturday 12th May 2012, Birkbeck, University of London
Keynote address: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)
Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century.
We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations. 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-millennial utopian/dystopian spaces
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, with brief details of biography and affiliation, to Bianca Leggett and Tony Venezia at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15th March 2012. We also welcome proposals for themed panels of three speakers. We are currently in negotiations with an academic publisher interested in publishing a volume based on the proceedings of the symposium. The symposium is sponsored by the School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London.
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