|Cambridge University Institute for Continuing Education, Madingley Hall June 22-24 2018|
Gina Wisker, Marie Mulvey Roberts- tutors ; Paulina Palmer guest talk. This course offers the opportunity for us to re-explore and celebrate the work of the influential writer Angela Carter. We will use new scholarship, new biographical information, and established passions for her work to consider her rewriting of fairytale (The Bloody Chamber); energising the Gothic (The Magic Toyshop, Nights at the Circus); surrealism and art (The Holy Family Album and the exhibition Strange Worlds ); her contributions to twenty and twenty first century writing, popular culture, film (The Company of Wolves), scifi and feminism (The Passion of New Eve, Wise Children). It builds on the ground breaking Jan 2017 conference Fireworks (www.getangelacarter.com) and offers the chance for us to ignite and reignite new fascinations with her work and its influence.
The 2018 Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize has been awarded to Sabine Sharp for her essay “Her Strange Origins, Her Odd Sisters: Monstrous Genders and Mutant Genres in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and Hiromi Goto’s ‘Hopeful Monsters.’”
The following submissions were selected for Special Commendation:
Megan Sormus, “Grrrl Revlonution: The Cosmetic Grrrling of Women in Emma Forrest’s Cherries in the Snow”
Rebecca Walker, “A Language of Her Own: Willful Displacement and Feminist Subjectivity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words”
Congratulations to our worthy winner!
Clever Girls and the Literature of Women’s Upward Mobility by Mary Eagelton
This book follows the figure of ‘the clever girl’ from the post-war to the present and focuses on the fiction, plays and memoirs of contemporary British women writers. Spurred on by an ethic of meritocracy, the clever girl is now facing austerity and declining social mobility. A public discourse of ‘opportunity’, ‘aspiration’ and ‘choice’ is often experienced as an anxious and chancy process. In a wide-ranging study, the book discusses the challenge to femininity and women’s embodiment; the pressures of class and racial divisions; the new subjectivities of the neoliberal era; and the generational conflict underpinning austerity. In so doing, this study explores one of the dominant social narratives of the post-war period.
Call for Proposals
Ludics & Laughter as Feminist Aesthetic: Angela Carter at Play
Feminist writer, Angela Carter, has been read as a demythologizer, as a deconstructionist avant la lettre, as the doyenne of postmodernism, and a polemicist. She was a great lover of art and film, commemorated at the 2017 festival in Bristol (Mulvey Roberts & Croft). She has been revered as the major revisionist of the fairytale and fable, especially in terms of their gendered presuppositions; and her name is invariably associated with the carnivalesque. Carter’s engagement with European philosophy has been expertly assessed (Yeandle). She is a superb stylist, especially of the gothic, and a Borgesian encyclopaedia of intertextual references. Most recently, her affinities with decadence (Tonkin) and surrealism have been expertly unearthed (Watz and Dimovitz). And, importantly, a biography has finally been published (Gordon). However, there is still a key component of Carter’s work and technique that needs focussed attention. Rummaging about in the diverse literary and cultural histories of Europe, as she said, was like being in a giant rumpus room. To miss this fact, her pleasure in the rumpus room, is to miss another fundamental aspect of Carter’s work that has not yet been fully elaborated: its humour and its play.
Feminism is rarely seen as playful, and certainly not as fun or funny, at least not in a positive sense–and not from outside its borders. Feminism from the outside is often personified as dour, perhaps perverse, bloody-minded and, even (oh, my!) hysterical. Yet we have the perfect example of a feminist writer who played her heart out, whose ludic sensibilities reframe the way in which we perceive the world. A writer whose bloody-mindedness was anything but dour; whose perversity performed the “double somersault of love” before our eyes; who confidently played up the histrionics and laughed them out of earshot: Angela Carter.
Carter once wrote that The Order of Things “grew out of the uncontrollable laughter that shook Foucault as he read a page [of Borges] that, simply, overturned all the ways in which he had been taught to think” (Burning Your Boats 42). He was, she continues, “enchanted by the possibilities of wholly other systems of thought, systems that revealed the limitations of our own” (42). This enchantment in other-worldly, playful and liminal systems of thought certainly applies to Carter, and it is this aspect of Carter’s feminist strategy that we seek to evaluate in this volume. We seek to reclaim “play” as a feminist language.
Salman Rushdie famously called Carter a “one-off.” In this international collection of essays, we will consider that ludics and laughter contribute to this originality and to her unique feminist aesthetic. We seek research on Carter’s oeuvre which foregrounds “play,” and “humour” as key components of her work and of her significance to readers and feminists nearly 30 years after her death. Possible topics are various and certainly not restricted to the following possibilities: aspects of play in surrealism; linguistic play; the play of performance and the performance of play; gendered subjectivity; the comedic aspects of the carnivalesque; tropes at play; comedy and humour as strategies. In the ludic spirit, essays may choose to “play” themselves in ways that reveal the possibilities for a critical feminist ludics. Similarly, essays that wish to play foul with our contention are equally welcome.
We seek proposals of no more than 500 words. Proposals should be accompanied by a brief biography and must be submitted by May 1, 2018, to be considered for acceptance. A decision will be made by May 20th, when we will notify of acceptance.
Complete essays of @ 7,000 words will be expected by September 1, 2018, with a goal for publication by early 2019. Submit inquiries to any of the co-editors:
Dr. Jennifer Gustar, UBC, Canada Jennifer.email@example.com
Dr. Sarah Gamble, Swansea, Wales firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Caleb Sivyer, Bristol, England email@example.com
Initial proposals should be sent to Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2018.
Contemporary Women’s Writing Essay Prize
CWW Essay Prize 2018
The journal of Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press) is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 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 2017 Essay Prize was “The Affective Politics of Resistance in the Work of Opal Palmer Adisa” by Elisa Serna – Martinez (Universidad de Granada, Spain). The essay will be available to read free online shortly.
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 £100
Other entries of sufficient quality may also be considered for publication.
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 2018. 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.
The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre in association with the New Statesman presents the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2017, Nicola Barker.
Nicola Barker reading from her winning novel, H(A)PPY, and in conversation with Dr Tim Parnell, literary director of The Goldsmiths Prize.
Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.
Could you … might you be happy there?
H(A)PPY is a post-post-apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland, a story which tells itself and then consumes itself. It’s a place where language glows, where words buzz and sparkle and finally implode. It’s a novel which twists and writhes with all the terrifying precision of a tiny fish in an Escher lithograph – a book where the mere telling of a story is the end of certainty.
Nicola Barker was born in Ely in 1966 and spent part of her childhood in South Africa. She is the author of ten previous novels – including Wide Open, Darkmans, The Yips and In the Approaches – and two short story collections. She has been twice longlisted and once shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has won the IMPAC, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Hawthornden Prizes, and was named one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Writers in 2003. She lives and works in east London.
Dear CWWA member,
Thank you for all of your support in 2017 and we hoped you’ve enjoyed your year as a member of the CWWA. Journal subscribers can look forward to one more 2017 issue ofCWW – a special issue on Margaret Atwood ed. by Fiona Tolan. Vol. 11, Issue 3 features articles by leading scholars on Atwood’s work and includes an interview with the author.
We very much hope you are able to renew for 2018 and ask that you complete and forward the attached membership form to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the year. PayPal is our preferred method of payment but there are also options for payment via bank transfer or cheque.
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- The 2018 CWWA Student Essay Prize, deadline 1st February 2018 (for details see below and here)
- The CWWA has been approved as a nominating body for REF2021. Those wishing to be considered for nomination should submit supporting evidence (up to 2 pages) mapped against the criteria given in Annexe E: Nomination Information (See REF2021 website) and a CV to the CWWA Chair (email@example.com) by 6 December 2017.
- We will be hosting a 2018 UK conference, ‘Writing Wrongs’ – CFP will follow shortly.
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Angela Carter and Japan
University of East Anglia
Saturday 30 June 2018
Plenary speaker: Dr Charlotte Crofts (University of the West of England)
Angela Carter testified to the time she spent in Japan as life-changing, both personally and professionally. It was, in her own words, where she ‘learnt to be a woman and became radicalised’. While conscious of the traps of European exoticization, she in turn, as the lover of a Japanese man, found herself caught up in power struggles between ethnicities, genders and nations. The years Carter spent in Japan proved to be a turning point in her career, prompting speculative, radical and fantastic forms of writing.
This one-day symposium is devoted to the influence of Japan on the life and work of Angela Carter, and more broadly, to any aspect of the relation between Carter’s writing and Japan. Topics might include but are not restricted to:
- Japanese cities and landscape
- Romance in Japan
- Manga and Anime
- Japanese literary figures
- Gender relations in Japan
- Kabuki performances of gender
- The Japanese language
- Bunraku puppet theatre
- Carter’s experience of Japan
- Japanese sexualities
The University of East Anglia is a fitting location for Angela Carter and Japan. Carter taught here, as did Lorna Sage, one of Carter’s most important advocates and critics. The University is the home of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing and theBritish Centre for Literary Translation, together with the Centre for Japanese Studies.
Proposals for papers (c. 300 words), to be accompanied by a short biography, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 22nd of January, 2018
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP) at Cardiff University welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral* applicants to the 2018-19 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme.
ENCAP is a vibrant, research-focused School, ranked in the top 10 for research in REF 2014, in a university that ranked 5th in REF 2014, and 2nd nationally for research impact. The School has an excellent track record of supporting and developing early career researchers. If you are a highly-qualified researcher with an innovative postdoctoral project, please get in touch to discuss with us.
Our research connects four disciplinary areas: English Literature, Creative Writing, Language & Communication studies, and Philosophy. We invite applications that engage with one of two themes indicative of our cross-disciplinary research strengths:
1. Health and the Humanities
We are looking for projects that complement or intersect with our expertise in language and communication research into linguistic patterns associated with disease; discourse analysis of healthcare communication, such as work on handover meetings on hospital wards; the tension between cognitive and social priorities in linguistic expression. Our philosophical research probes ethical dilemmas and decision-making in healthcare; motivations for behaviours between patients and healthcare staff, including implicit bias. Encompassing literary histories of science and medico-literary studies, our cultural and creative research examines alternatives to current policy and practice, and investigates contemporary or historical cultural fears and prejudices surrounding specific health conditions and how affected people deal(t) with them.
2. Cultures of the Imagination
We welcome projects that respond in imaginative and novel ways to the complexities of historical or modern-day cultures, drawing on innovative methodologies to tackle (inter/multi)disciplinary questions. This could involve contributions to digital cultures; illustration studies; history of the book; heritage cultures, memory and material studies, with neo-historical and counter-factual approaches; creative-critical experiments, for example involving cultural and philosophical theory; literary, philosophical and linguistic approaches to Celtic studies; postcolonial studies, empire and slavery studies; period-based research, with particular emphasis on the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods; modern and contemporary cultures; children’s literature; women’s writing and approaches to gender and sexuality; literary, linguistic and philosophical explorations of law; culture, ethics and religion.
* Due to the highly competitive nature of the scheme, we will only consider applications from postdoctoral scholars. Applicants should have started working on a second project that may develop from but moves well beyond the frame of their prior thesis topic.
General enquiries about the scheme should be submitted to the ENCAP Director of Research, Professor Ann Heilmann, HeilmannA@cardiff.ac.uk . Expressions of interest should be sent to Jennifer Hulin, email@example.com . The deadline for receiving formal expressions of interest is 16:00, Monday 4 December 2017.
Details of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found here:https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships
Formal expressions of interest to Cardiff’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy should consist of a single-spaced one-page CV (please indicate the title of your PhD thesis) with an additional list of publications and the following details of the proposal:
(a) the project title
(b) a project description of up to 800 words along with a 100-word abstract;
(c) an outline statement of up to 300 words outlining how the project will connect with and extend existing research in ENCAP
TO NOTE: The Leverhulme Trust advises that the project description should include details of the aims, objectives, methodology and outcome of the project (e.g. publication plans), to enable the Committee and referees to evaluate the scope and importance of the proposal. Methodology should be clear and explicit, comprehensible to a non-expert. Bibliographic references should be included in full, including page numbers where relevant. The project description and the bibliographic references should not exceed two sides of A4, and the applicant’s name should appear at the top of the first page.
Successful applicants whose projects are selected for support by the School will be notified in December. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare a full application to the Early Career Fellowship scheme. The scheme is due to open in January 2018 and finalised draft applications must be submitted to ENCAP by 1 February. The closing date for applications to be submitted to Leverhulme is 1 March.