Fast Forward: Women’s Writing in the 21st Century
“The past is always tense, the future perfect.“ (Zadie Smith)
The contemporary, as a liminal temporal space, marks the transition between past and future and as such is not only notoriously hard to frame but its fluid and ephemeral nature continues to present a challenge in literary studies and beyond. Contemporary literature, in many ways simultaneously ‘with the time’ and then quickly outdated, presents a curious and exciting paradox to think through questions of literary form, the literary market place, the role of authors as public intellectuals and contemporary readers. The need to focus on the present and contemporary state of women’s literature seems particularly poignant in a post-Brexit and Trump era in which laws and ideas surrounding the future state of gender, race, and class politics are ever more obscure and uncertain.
Join us on the 8th and 9th September 2017 as we seek to position the most recent work (post 2000) of established authors alongside the field’s newer voices in order to facilitate a conversation about the present state – and possible futures – of women’s writing.
Possible conference themes:
- the resurgence of women’s confessional writing
- the recent rise in popularity of erotic and romantic fiction
- the emergence of genres such as autofiction and autotheory in women’s writing
- writing at the intersection of creative and critical/writing across genres
- writers as public intellectuals and agents of change
- new directions in writing by canonised authors
Details from here.