New Podcast: A Conversation with Jane Smiley

[MP3 version] This podcast, a conversation between Jennifer Terry and the Pulitzer-prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley, was recorded at the Literary Dolls conference. In a wide-ranging interview, Jane explains how literary characters take on a life of their own, reflects on the representation of the body in literature, and examines her own status as a female novelist... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now

The Literary Dolls conference was held on 8th March 2014, International Women's Day. It was co-organised between St. Aidan's College, the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, and the Department of English Studies. In a packed programme, more than thirty papers, three keynotes, and seventy participants assessed the ways in which women’s physical form has been depicted in artworks from the nineteenth century to the... Continue Reading →

Programme for Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now

The final programme for the international conference Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now is now available. Literary Dolls takes place on 8th March, International Women's Day. The conference features three keynote speakers: Professor Jo Phoenix (Durham), Dr Kate MacDonald (Ghent), and Pulitzer-prize-winning author, Jane Smiley. The programme of over thirty... Continue Reading →

Registration Now Open for Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now

Registration is now open for Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now. This one-day conference at St. Aidan's College, Durham University assesses the ways in which female corporeality has been depicted in text from the nineteenth century to the present day. Keynote speakers at the conference will include the winner of the... Continue Reading →

From Literary Dolls to Sexual Reality

An international conference on 8th March next year will examine the representation of the female body from the nineteenth century to the present day. In this research conversation, Dr Emma Miller explains the rationale behind Literary Dolls, which will be held on International Women's Day 2014. This conference is focused on the depiction of the... Continue Reading →

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