22 February 2012

Call for Papers: Writing Mothers/ Daughters (one-day conference, Birmingham)

Post date: 22 February 2012
Deadline: 30 March 2012

Writing Mothers\Daughters: 1780-2012

A one day conference at Newman University College, Birmingham

Thurs 28th June 2012

Keynote Speaker: Sonya Andermahr, University of Northampton

Women’s writing owes its current prominence to the major achievements of second-wave feminist scholars who sought to recover its past and shape its present. They articulated a ‘political need’ to establish a female literary history as well as a ‘continuing need’ for women to ‘claim cultural legitimacy through authorising themselves’ (Eagleton, 2005). This project placed particular emphasis on the Romantic period as an age of proto-feminist activity and established a literary line between these foremothers, their nineteenth-century daughters, and an emerging body of contemporary women writers. The legacy of this literary line can be seen in the tendency of writers and critics to privilege women who identify as daughters, thus examining post-war female subjectivity in terms of an often fraught relationship with the mother. Recent writing and criticism has begun to reverse this perspective by prioritising the mother’s point of view and the examination of maternal subjectivities.

This one day conference seeks to examine representations of mother\daughter relationships – past and present – and to show that by attending to these narratives we can more acutely assess the varied and shifting dynamics between mothers and daughters as they exist within a range of historical, cultural and spatial contexts.

Topics for papers might include, but are not limited to:

• Exemplary mother\daughter relationships
• Accounts of mother\daughter relationships in life-writing
• Sentimentality and mother\daughter relationships
• Literary foremothers and their literary daughters
• Anxiety of Authorship/Anxiety of Influence
• Trends and shifts in narrative perspectives/voices
• Second-wave mother\daughter conflict
• Protofeminism/Feminism/Postfeminism and mother\daughter relationships
• Mothers\daughters and the ‘shared’ body
• Representations of non-biological mother\daughter relationships
• The mother’s significance in ‘coming-of-age’ narratives
• Psychoanalytical theory and mother\daughter relationships
• Queer mother\daughter relationships
• Postcolonial mother\daughter relationships
• Popular fiction and mother\daughter narratives
• Strategies for reading mother\daughter relations, past and present

Abstracts of 250 words and a short biographical note should be emailed to both K.Myler@staff.newman.ac.uk and J.Banister@leedsmet.ac.uk before Friday 30th March.

Dr Kerry Myler
Lecturer in English,
Newman University College,
Email: K.Myler@staff.newman.ac.uk

Dr Julia Banister,
Lecturer in English,
Cultural Studies and Humanities,
Leeds Metropolitan University
Email: J.Banister@leedsmet.ac.uk


For inquiries: K.Myler@staff.newman.ac.uk, J.Banister@leedsmet.ac.uk

For submissions: K.Myler@staff.newman.ac.uk, J.Banister@leedsmet.ac.uk

Website: http://www.newman.ac.uk/mother-daughter/
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