3 August 2007

CFP - Manifesting Literary Feminisms: Drafts, Grafts, Nexus and Faultlines (Melbourne; 13-15 Dec 2007) Extended deadline: 14 August 2007

Monash University, Melbourne City Campus
13-15 December 2007

Keynote Speakers: Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Susan Sheridan


This conference brings together and honours two of the foremost feminist literary scholars in the United States and Australia: Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Susan Sheridan. Both have investigated the gravity of history and possible strategies through which the cultural agency of women writers might be made manifest against and within regimes of social power. For Rachel Blau DuPlessis, this necessitates a writing and reading otherhow. For Susan Sheridan, it means exploring the faultlines of how writers might simultaneously work within and against conventions. Their work investigates strategies by which feminist critics might better consider the affiliations and intersections, as well as the disjunctions and differences between women cultural producers, especially writers. The impetus toward cultural change that informed the women’s movement also remains central to their thinking. This conference seeks to provide a forum in which genealogies of literary feminism, locally, nationally, and globally, might be articulated. It seeks to attract papers that focus on innovative feminist practice in literature and its criticism. We particularly invite papers that focus on the Australian context or on transnational literary and theoretical exchange.

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