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calls for papers, MLA 2017

The Doris Lessing Society has posted its calls for papers for the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia!

The topic of the Society’s guaranteed session is “Teaching Doris Lessing in the Twenty-First Century.” Given the changes in post-secondary education since Lessing’s canonization in the US academy with novels like The Golden Notebook, what do we teach when we teach Doris Lessing now, and how (and to whom) do we teach? This session may run in the roundtable format (briefer presentations, more discussion), depending on the number of qualified submissions. Deadline and contact details can be viewed here.

The topic of the special session the Society will propose is “Twentieth-Century Women Writers and the Formalist Turn.” This panel proposes to ask, how will the “formalist turn” in literary studies affect or shape the interpretation of, and new scholarly work on, twentieth-century women writers? Has it already? The “formalist turn” is a topic alluded to often in recent discussions of the state of the field, with the sense that a shift is occurring, taking literary study away from the historicist and contextualist styles of interpretation that have been dominant for the past several decades. The status of this turn, and whether it’s anything new, are naturally in question. Still, at this juncture it seems worth thinking about how such a turn might transform or shape the study of women writers in particular, in light of how notions of form and formalism have typically been gendered. Doris Lessing’s work, for example, is often criticized for a supposed lack of attention to formal concerns; this then is an occasion to wonder how she, like other women writers, will fare as (or if) the canon of modern writing is reshaped along formalist trajectories. Deadline and contact details can be viewed here.

The topic of a collaborative session the Society will propose with the Margaret Atwood Society is “Boundaries of Life: Ageism and Aging in Works by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.” This session is inspired by the MLA’s 2017 Presidential Theme, “Boundary Conditions.” By focusing on ageism and aging in the works of Atwood and Lessing, two of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential women writers, this panel aims to explore the ways these writers depict the passing of time in relation to life experiences and self-consciousness. Some questions papers might answer include: What does it mean to come of age? How do age and the aging process affect how we see ourselves? When and how does one become old? How does age discrimination shape societies and individuals? In addition to examining individual works, papers may also look at the authors’ careers more broadly and discuss how their treatment of aging as a theme has changed as they themselves aged. Deadline and contact details can be viewed here.

New CFP – Edited Book on Literature by British Women Authors

Fay Weldon in Copenhagen (photo by Mogens Engelund)

Fay Weldon at a book fair in Copenhagen, November 2008. She is being interviewed by Lone Kühlmann. This photo was originally taken by Mogens Engelund.

This is a call for papers to be published in an edited book on the rise of “feminist” literature in the postwar period. The editors are particularly interested in how British women authors have responded to patriarchal practices. This book will explore how the work of women writers like Doris Lessing, Muriel Spark, Angela Carter, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Drabble, Sarah Grand, Mary Cholmondely, Olive Schreiner, Hilary Mantel, Michele Roberts, Joanna Trollope, Fay Weldon and Jeanette Winterson (among others) has challenged the hegemonic practices of a gender-biased society.

DEADLINE: November 1st, 2012

Submissions are to be sent to editors Dr. Vivekanand Jha and Ajit Kumar at For more details on submission requirements, please consult our CFPs page!

New CFP – Twentieth-Century Women’s Utopian and Dystopian Fiction


DEADLINE FOR ESSAYS: September 15th, 2012

This is a call for papers in regards to a book collection for possible publication by Cambridge Scholars Press.

Suggested themes: how utopian and dystopian fictions create new worlds; issues of genre and the politics of genre; critiques of gender roles, traditions, and values

Possible authors: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Octavia Butler, Monique Wittig, Marge Piercy, Keri Hulme, Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood

Final essays are to be 20-30 pages long. Writers from around the world will be considered but texts considered must be available in English and the essay submitted must be written in English.

Please submit a CV and a 500-word abstract to Sharon Wilson at

New CFP – Louisville 20th Century Conference

The 41st annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 21-23, 2013.

University of Louisville

Submissions may be sent on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other Arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc).

The Louisville conference welcomes:

  • Critical papers
  • Critical panels
  • Group society panels
  • Creative writing

Submitters may submit both a critical paper and a creative work, not to exceed one entry in each category, sent together as separate attachments in the same email. Submissions may be in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Previously presented or published papers are not eligible. Submitters may also chair sessions.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST September 15, 2012

For more details on how to submit, visit our CFPs page or the Louisville Conference website.