Monthly Archives: February 2016

CWW Prize Winners

The inaugural 2016 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize:

Prize Winner:
Mary Horgan, About Change: Ali Smith’s Numismatic Modernism


In addition, the following essays have been selected for Special Commendation:

Imogen Mathew, Educating the Reader in Anita Heiss’ Chick Lit

Emilia Borowska, Politics, Passion and Abstraction in Kathy Acker’s “Russian Constructivism”

Oliver Penny, The true reflection of the perverse origins of his desire: The Extraneous Phallus in Angela Carter’s Love



Call for Papers for Panel on Literature and Medicine for the 2016 ESSE conference

Literature and Medicine for the 2016 ESSE conference
Galway, 22nd – 26th August (further details at

In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature.

Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA
Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille
29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France<>

Professor Clare Hanson
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus Highfield
 Southampton SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom<>

Deadline for submission of abstracts 31 March 2016

Clare Hanson
Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
School of Humanities: English
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BF
023 8059 2470

Black British Women Writers: A Conversation

Black British Women Writers:
The Arts in Brixton in the 1980s, a Literary Conversation

University of Leicester
Wednesday 24 February 2016
Bennett Building, Lower Ground Floor, Lecture Theatre 3

Carol Leeming in Conversation with Dorothea Smartt, chaired by SuAndi. This exclusive event will document a literary conversation, between writers Dorothea Smartt and Carol Leeming, to recollect and highlight an exciting, challenging, and creative period, which spurred the development of Black Women’s writing in Britain, and which was centred on the artistic, social, and political milieu of Brixton London in the 1980s.