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Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter on 9th-10th January 2017


Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter

9th-10th January 2017


The RWA and Arnolfini present a diverse conference that explores the themes, imagery, context and life of Angela Carter – one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.

We are happy to be able to offer the following tickets below:

  • 1-Day and 2-Day Event Tickets (concessionary tickets also available separately)
  • Dinner and Banquet tickets for both nights (non-refundable deposit)
  • Perfomance tickets for “Pussy” – an adaptation of Angela Carter’s Puss in Boots

IMPORTANT! Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize 2017

Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize 2017

Deadline for submission: 1st February 2017.


The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Essay Prize.  The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize aims to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary women’s writing, recognise and reward outstanding achievement by new researchers and support the professional development of next generation scholars.

The winner of the inaugural 2016 Essay Prize was Mary Horgan for “About Change: Ali Smith’s Numismatic Modernism.” You can read Mary’s essay here.  Three further submissions were Highly Commended and will be published in forthcoming issues of the journal.


The winning entry will be:

  • Submitted for publication in Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded one year’s free membership of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, including one year’s free subscription to Contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Awarded a choice of Oxford University Press books to the value of £100Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.

Entry Requirements

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for PhD study or within three years of completion.  Entrants may be asked to provide formal confirmation of their status.


Essays must be 7,000-9,000 words in length.  The deadline for submission is 1st February 2017.  The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  Submissions must comply with the journal’s Instructions to Authors – click here to view.  Entrants must submit essays by the standard Online Submission procedures – click here to view.  Please ensure that you select ‘Essay Prize’ in the ‘Submission Type’ box.

Essays should meet the general aims and scope of the journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing – for more information please click here.  Please note that essays submitted for publication will be subject to the standard Peer Review process.  Entries will be judged by members of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Editorial Board and a member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Executive Committee.

Dr Rachel Carroll

Reader in English
School of Arts and Media
Teesside University

CALL FOR PAPERS! Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now

CFP for Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
by Friday 16 December, 2016

Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now
Presented by The University of Melbourne
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria (International), 17-18 March 2017


 The work of Anita Brookner occupies an ambiguous place in the literary field. Brookner has a cult status, was a Booker-Prize winner and best-selling novelist, and yet her work received what she herself deemed ‘censorious’ reviews and limited critical attention. Brookner’s death was accompanied by conflicted accolades that appeared to celebrate her life while restating the predictable (and vexatious) reading of her identity as a lonely, single woman.

In addition to her 24 novels and one novella, Brookner authored a number of art-historical works and was a prolific reviewer of art and literature for over 60 years. The critical reception of Brookner is complicated by the question of how to interpret her work as an historian of eighteenth- an nineteenth-century French art. In a 1984 interview, Brookner explicitly denied a connection between her fictional and critical oeuvres, while at other times she spoke more openly about an intertextual literary practice, the significance of Romanticism in contemporary life, and her belief in unconscious processes.

Keynote speakers

  • Associate Professor Patricia Juliana Smith, Hofstra University

  • Professor Peter McPhee, The University of Melbourne

Call for papers

We invite papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Brookner’s canons

  • Brookner’s Romanticism

  • Brookner’s Rococo

  • Brookner’s art-historical oeuvre

  • Brookner and the French Revolution

  • Intertexuality

  • Women’s writing

  • Gender and sexuality

  • Anachronism, temporality and periodisation

  • The early novels, the middle period, the late period

  • Brookner’s London

  • Brookner’s Europes

  • Brooknerines

Please email abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to the conference convenors, Dr Peta Mayer and Associate Professor Clara Tuite, The University of Melbourne. Email:

Please note: Closing date is Friday 16 December 2016.