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Conference Programme

Friday 15 June 2007


Registration: 6.45 pm – 7.15 pm


7.15 – 8.00      Ali Smith’s Talk and Reading (Conference Room, Warwick Arts Centre)


8. 00                Informal Dinner (Place: TBC)



 Saturday 16 June 2007


8.45  – 9.30     Registration and Tea/Coffee (Humanities Building, Entrance Hall)


9.30 – 10. 30   Keynote Speech: Mary Eagleton (Humanities Building, H 052)


10.35 –12.05   Session 1

 Panel One: Representations of Contemporary Women’s Writing

(Chair: Karen Coulter)

Eva Lupin: Is the concept of Contemporary Women’s Writing still a valid definition?

Helen Butcher: Dissonant Voices, Fractious Communities: ‘Contemporary Women’s Writing’ as Outlaw Alliance

Victoria Adams: Representation or Limitation?

 Panel Two: Identity, Space, Ethnicity

(Chair: TBC)

Zeynep Tufekcioglu: Relational Nature of Identity and Articulation of Space in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Writings            

Irene Pérez Fernandez: Imaginary Space in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

Nagihan Haliloglu: Repressed Narratives and Celebrity Writers: The Case of Elif Şafak


 12.05 –12.30   Tea/Coffee

 12:30-14:00     Session 2

 Panel Three: Canonical Contenders

(Chair: Pauline MacPherson)

Zita Farkas: The Author’s Voice- Jeanette Winterson’s Influence on her Own Reception

Ceri Davies: “He – or she?”: Genderless Narrators and the Future of ‘Women’s Writing’

Alice Bennet: Aftereffects: Remembering Death Between Muriel Spark and Ali Smith

 Panel Four: Location

(Chair: Katsura Sako)

Alejandra Moreno Alvarez: Voicing Politics of Location in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

Sali Karmi: Transnational Women Writers: Literature Across Arab-Western Divides

Francesco Cattani: Different Levels of Eccentricity in Ornela Vorpsi’s Writing

 14.00-15.00     Lunch

 15:00-16:30     Session 3

 Panel Five: Popular Fiction

(Chair: Ginette Carpenter)

Nick Turner: ‘Neither High nor Low’: Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine, and the Problem of the Canon

Sonja Altnöder: Is Chick Lit (Dis-)Empowering Women?

Chin-jau Chyan: Gender and Genre: Sara Paretsky

 Panel Six: Border Crossings

(Chair: Xanthe Wells)

Alice Walker: What the Tailor Saw- Cross-dressing, identity and ‘truth’ in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet

Carolyn Broomhead: Crosswriting the body in Sarah Hall’s The Electric Michelangelo

Jennifer Makumbi: The Aquatic Woman

 16:30-16:40     Tea/Coffee

 16:40-18:10     Session 4

 Panel Seven: Marginalised Voices

(Chair: Zoe Lambert)

Lauren Rusk: Reading of her poetry?

Elly Rees: Reading of her poetry/ talk on being marginalised within the publishing industry?

Zoe Brigley: Male and/ or Female: the Anxiety of Authorship and Intertextuality in Deryn Rees-Jones’ Quiver


Panel Eight: Bodies

(Chair: Adele Jones)

Stella Bolaki: Wanted Whole or Parts: Breasted Experiences and Feminist Theory

Anne Schroder: Neither Dead nor Alive: Reading Zombification in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John and Joyce Carol Oates’s Zombie

Maria Luisa Coelho: Michèle Roberts rips the bodice: the female body in contemporary women’s writing