CfP Emma Donoghue Symposium: Reminder

This year Brighton’s Big Read <> welcomes author Emma Donoghue to read from her novel Room, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010. To coincide with this event Brighton’s C21 Research is holding a one-day symposium on Donoghue’s work as writer, critic and historian.



Emma Donoghue has published ten novels, (including one for young readers), five collections of short stories, thirteen radio plays, eight works for theatre, and has adapted both Room and her short story ‘Pluck’ for film. She has also published three critical literary histories and numerous articles and book chapters in this area. We invite critical papers that respond to the full range of Emma Donoghue’s work and her contribution to contemporary literature.


Topics might include but are not limited to:


     * Women’s writing and feminist theory

     * Lesbian history, representation and politics

     * Love, desire, relationships

     * Salvation

     * Religion, faith, belief

     * Death, mourning

     * Violence

     * Freedom

     * Confinement

     * Ireland, Canada, nation, nationality, nationhood

     * Space, place, environment

     * Rewriting and revisioning

     * Genre

     * Form and structure

     * History


To propose a paper, please send an abstract (c300 words) and short biography by 6th October 2017


We invite contributors to submit their papers to a volume of essays on Emma Donoghue.



Best wishes


Research in Twenty-First Century Writings

College of Arts & Humanities | University of Brighton

Dr. Liam Connell (Co-ordinator)


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.