All entries for Monday 14 December 2009

December 14, 2009

2010 British Women Writers Conference

I'm very pleased to have had my paper proposal accepted for next year's 18th-19th Century British Women Writers Conference, taking place at Texas A&M University from the 8th to 11th April 2010. This will be my first time speaking at a conference abroad, and I'm especially pleased to be able to go as the conference theme is "Journeys" so in addition to this being a good opportunity to present my own research, it will be very interesting to find out more about the kind of work that is being carried out in this field in the US academic community. My paper is provisionally titled "'Wandering out into the World': Women Walking in the mid-Victorian Novel" and will explore accounts of women walking alone in selected novels by Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot. Taking the framework of the gendered associations of travel spaces as a starting point, I argue that Bronte and Eliot contend with these assumptions by positioning women walking alone in the streets, and explore spatial gendering through the embodied experience of travellers by demonstrating how gendered codes act to alter the ways in which bodies and spaces interact. Furthermore, these narratives go beyond gendered codes to explore the process of travel as a material, embodied practice and thus offer illuminating perspectives on the subject-space relationship that have implications for the critical understanding of literary geographies. The paper will demonstrate how focusing on the movement of characters through space – particularly in the process of walking – enables the development of a more fluid, mobile theorisation of spatiality that is attentive to the transitory nature of the embodied subject-space relationship.

December 2009

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
Nov |  Today  | Jan
   1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31         


Favourite blogs

Blog archive


Search this blog

Most recent comments

  • Thanks for your comment, it's almost unbelievable that Ladies Carriages continued until so late. My … by on this entry
  • I very much enjoyed reading this blog. I would like to mention that between 1960–67 I travelled to a… by Alistair Kewish on this entry
  • I'm glad you enjoyed Nead's keynote as much as I did! And as response, I think you pose some really … by Nicole Bush on this entry
  • Was talking about railways at a seminar with Kate Cooper on food futures and feeding Birmingham. Jus… by Deb butler on this entry
  • I agree this does simplify the complexity and dynamics of the racial discourses within the text and … by Charlotte Mathieson on this entry


Not signed in
Sign in

Powered by BlogBuilder