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Call for Submissions, Conference News, and Organizations of Interest

1. Website of Interest

The International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW), co-founded by Carolyn Oulton and Adrienne Gavin, offers a lavish collection of resources, postings, and activities on its website. The Centre provides an international focus for original and new research in this scholarly area with New Woman literature, textual editing, crime and sensation fiction as just a few of the Centre’s most current interests. The ICVWW’s website provides links to various interactive digital research projects and to the ICVWW newsletter, published three times a year, as well as to their 2017-2018 research seminar series held at Canterbury Christ Church University and open to the public.

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2. Conference News

Now in the last of its five-year project, “From Brontë to Bloomsbury: Realism, Sensation and the New in Women’s Writing from the 1840s to the 1930s,” the ICVWW will hold a conference on July 16-17, 2018 at Canterbury Christ Church University. Subtitled “Reassessing Women’s Writing of the 1920s and 1930s,” the conference aims to explore the interbellum years associated with Modernism’s break with Victorian literary conventions to examine the great range in British women’s writing from 1920-1939. Keynote speakers will be Professor Faye Hammill of the University of Glasgow and Professor Mary Joannou of Anglia Ruskin University.

Topics may include but are not limited to: women’s experiences of, and reactions to, war; women’s liberation and the influence of political change; inter-generational conflict; working-class women's writing; journalism and periodical writing; letters, diaries, memoirs, and autobiographies; children’s literature; literature of science and medicine; poetry; crime fiction and women’s writing of the Golden Age; literary Modernism and writing against the canon; lesser known writers such as Rose Maccauley, Antonia White, and Ethel Mannin; the critical reception of women writers.

Please send 300-word abstracts and a 100-150 word biographical note to the organizing committee, Dr. Susan Civale, Professor Adrienne Gavin, Alyson Hunt, and Professor Carolyn Oulton, at The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2018.