Contemporary Women’s Writing: Writing | Reading for Change. A Celebration of the Work of Gill Rye

Contemporary Women’s Writing: Writing | Reading for Change. A Celebration of the Work of Gill Rye
8 November 2019, 9.45am - 7.00pm
Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This cross-cultural symposium, one of the key events marking the tenth anniversary year of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing, celebrates the work of the Centre’s founder Gill Rye, Professor Emerita in French Studies. It brings together a range of expert speakers – established and early career - whose research intersects with or has been inspired by Gill’s, or whose intellectual trajectory has developed thanks to connection with the CCWW. There will be a particular focus on new narratives of mothering, and on writing and reading for change.

Programme (pdf)

09:45 Registration and Welcome 
10:00 Maternal Narratives and Counter-Narratives   
Eglė Kačkutė (University of Maynooth): 'Mothering through Migration'
Katie Stone (University of Warwick): 'Re-Imagining the Maternal Experience: Maternal Regret in Contemporary German Literature'
Jasmine Cooper (University of Cambridge): 'Queer Childlessness in Négar Djavadi's Désorientale’

11:30 Keynote 1: Amaleena Damlé (Durham): 'New Narratives of Mothering: Notes towards a Relational Epistemology of Birth'

12:30 Lunch (buffet lunch provided)

13:15 Making Space for the Maternal: Friendship and Sisterhood in Life and Writing 
Maria-José Blanco (King’s College London & Group Work Practitioner (IGA)): ‘Thank you mothers: Carmen Martín Gaite and Gill Rye in my life and my writing’
Claire Williams (St Peter’s College, Oxford): ‘Networks and New Interpretations of Motherhood in Mães que tudo
Adalgisa Giorgio (University of Bath): ‘The power of female alliance according to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels (L’amica geniale). An academic’s subjective reading in the context of the CCWW’

14:45 Tea

15:00 Reading / Writing for Change 
Sandra Daroczi (University of Bath): ‘Reading Women’s Identities in the Contemporary French Popular Novel’
Catriona McLeod (University of London in Paris) ‘Redrawing the Female Body in Aurélia Aurita’s Fraise et Chocolat
Siobhán McIlvanney (King’s College London): 'Re-presenting the "Ordinary": The Sexual/Textual Politics of (Early French) Women's Magazines'

16:30 Keynote 2: Diana Holmes (University of Leeds):  ‘“Reading can change your life”. Women’s Middlebrow Fiction in the Light of Gill’s Reading for Change

17:30 Reception and Tributes to Gill

Generously supported by the Cassal Endowment Fund

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Students/unwaged | £5

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