CFP: First Fictions: festival & academic conference, June 2011

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Call for papers call for papers for an upcoming conference and literary festival, which focuses on innovations in fiction and in criticism. Received from Peter Boxall, Professor of English at Sussex:


Festival and Academic Conference: June 9-12, 2011

Confirmed delegates include:

Kate Mosse, Jackie Kaye, Elleke Bohemer, Michael Prodger, Bryan Cheyette, Scott Pack, Nicholas Royle and Isabel Ashdown.

Supported by Myriad Publishers, and Textual Practice

We are inviting abstracts for papers for an upcoming conference on innovations in creative and critical writing.

The conference takes place as part of the First Fictions literary festival, and is a collaborative venture between Sussex University, Myriad Publishers, Creative Brighton, and other partners in the creative arts. Conference panels will take place in conjunction with literary events and readings. The event will also include a new fiction competition (winner to be published by Myriad Editions), and a series of creative writing workshops run by new authors. Both conference and festival events will take place in the Pavilion Theatre and the Dome Concert Hall, in the heart of Brighton.

The aim of First Fictions is to explore the production of new thinking, in a range of creative and critical modes. This will involve the reading and discussion of first fictions by new authors, alongside the reflection of established authors on their own early work, and on innovation in fiction more generally.

The discussion and performance of new fiction will take place alongside a series of reflections on the relationship between creative and critical writing, and the role of this relationship in the generation of new creative possibilities.

Areas for discussion might include:

  • Twenty-First Century Fiction
  • Modernism Postmodernsim and after
  • Originality and innovation
  • The graphic novel
  • Experimentation and new directions in realism
  • The novel and the academy
  • Literary Prizes and the new author
  • Publishing, markets and creative innovation
  • New fiction ‘after’ theory
  • New directions in fiction, ethics and politics
  • Fiction in translation
  • First fictions after 9/11
  • Reviewing, literary Journalism, and the new author
  • Early, middle, and late style

Please send abstracts of maximum 500 words to not later than 1st December 2010. Papers will be of 30 minutes duration.


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