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Aesthetic Innovations in Short Fiction by Contemporary Black British Women Writers

Conference panel

27-30 June 2018
  • Organised by: Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & Helen Cousins (Newman University)
  • Universidade de Lisboa

@15th Int'l Conf. on the Short Story in English "Beyond History: The Radiance of the Short Story"

- This panel explores the short story form as written and adapted by contemporary Black British women writers. It is organized and presented by members of the international Black British Women Writers Network of scholars and practitioners, which is committed to promoting the status of the field. Some of the network members’ current research is on the aesthetic innovations in contemporary Black British women’s Literature, including the authors’ creative use of the short story. In this panel we will explore the ways in which Black British women writers move beyond the genre’s traditional confines and contribute to the changing face of the contemporary short story by experimenting with language, form and genre, thus also refocusing the more common critical assessments of the field, concerned predominantly with the authors’ thematic commitments.



Telling Tales: Taking on the Grandfather of English Literature in the 21st Century
Elisabeth Bekers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


The Literary Fox: Exploring the Human/Animal Borderland
Helen Cousins, Newman University, Birmingham, UK

Unheard (Her)Stories of History in Neo-Slave Short Fiction
Irene Perez Fernandez, University of Oviedo, Spain