CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Edited Collection): Legacies and Lifespans

 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Edited Collection): Legacies and Lifespans

A new book edited by Gina Wisker, Heidi Yeandle and Leanne Bibby

collection based on that of our 10th anniversary conference in 2015, Legacies and Lifespans: Contemporary Women’s Writing in the Twenty-First Century

Please submit abstracts and any queries to by 15 September 2017.

Legacies and Lifespans

Call for abstracts

The field of Contemporary Women’s Writing focuses on women’s writing from 1970-present and is suggestive of continuity, while also indicating a distinction from the female authored works which came before.

This book has a double focus. We are particularly looking for chapters that look backwards and/or forwards, and examine the connections between women writers from the late twentieth century and the twenty-first century. The book aims to focus on how twenty-first-century female writers look back and respond to their predecessors within the field of Contemporary Women’s Writing. As well as looking back to the foundations of Contemporary Women’s Writing, the book will look forward, and consider how Contemporary Women’s Writing will be defined in future decades. With a global outlook, we are seeking chapters that examine the legacies of foundational writers and texts and explore how women writers from the twenty-first century respond to these influential authors and seminal works, and how they deal with new issues in new ways. Chapters are invited which focus on prose fiction, poetry, drama and other forms of Contemporary Women’s writing.

Topics include – but are not limited to:

  • The politics of rewriting the past and imagining the future;
  • New genres / new forms;
  • The future of feminist literary criticism;
  • Writing in an age of crisis;
  • Defining the contemporary;
  • Legacies and influences of well-known or less well-known women’s writing on Contemporary Women’s writing;
  • Historical fiction;
  • Utopian/dystopian fiction;
  • Women’s science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime;
  • Feminist genealogies and generations;
  • Gendered temporalities;
  • Women’s writing and new technologies;
  • Women’s writing and the literary market place

Please send 250 word abstracts to by 15 September 2017.

Final chapters should be up to 8,000 words in length and will be due by April 30th 2018.

About Pin-chia Feng

Pin–chia Feng is Chair Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Research Fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (joint appointment) and adjunct Distinguished Chair Professor of Chung Hua University. Currently she is also the director of NCTU’s Asian American Studies Research Center. Feng was NCTU’s Provost of Academic Affairs, Chair of NCTU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, President of the Comparative Literature Association of ROC (2005-2008), President of the Association of English and American Literature (2009-2011, 2014-2015), convener of foreign literature discipline of Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC, now Ministry of Science and Technology; 2010-2013), and a recipient of the 2007, 2010, and 2013 NSC Outstanding Research Award as well as the 2015 Academic Award of the Ministry of Education. Her monograph, Diasporic Representations: Reading Chinese American Women’s Fiction, was awarded Academia Sinica’s Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2012). Feng received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). She writes on issues of gender, race, and representation in films, graphic narratives, as well as in Asian American, African American and Afro-Caribbean literatures.