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The Dynamics of Black British Women’s Literature in C21st

Conference panel

1-4 Oct. 2013
  • Organised by: Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • University of London

@ AfroEurope@ns IV: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe: Continental Shifts, Shifts in Perception (University of London/Open University)

Panel Summary

Despite critical interest in contemporary British Women’s Writing and in Black British Writing, the body of AfroEuropean women’s writing that lies at the intersection of both is rarely considered as a field in its own right. This panel gathers scholars working on female British authors of African and African-Caribbean descent in order to discuss the dynamics of Black British Women’s Writing in C21st. On the one hand, it examines the status of Black British Women's Writing in contemporary letters and literary criticism; on the other hand, it explores how Black British Women Writers creatively respond to the changing face of the world in the twenty-first century in a wide variety of styles and genres. The contributions to this panel explore the generic, stylistic, linguistic, and discursive strategies as well as the thematic concerns of Black British Women’s Writing; diachronic and synchronic developments within the field; its connections with other literatures in the African diaspora; the marketing, reception and canonization of Black British Women’s Writing.

Panel Contributions

Nicola Abram (University of Reading) - Texts across Time: Toward a Diachornic 'Diasporic Aesthetic' via Bernardine Everisto's ​Lara

Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths College, University of London) - How Do We Get the Whole Story?: Contra-dictions and Counter-narratives in debbie tucker green’s Dramatic Poetics

Sheila Sandapen (Drexel University) - (De) Meaning through Linguistic Choices

Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) (panel chair) - Writing Back: Intertextuality in Black British Women’s Writing