Womens literary networks

8 March 2008, Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, England

This one-day conference seeks to explore from a variety of perspectives the ways in which women's literary achievements have been shaped by their relationships with one another. In what ways have female communities enabled creativity, and how have such communities changed over time? To what extent does the history of female friendship overlap with the history of women's writing, and how have women's professional and personal alliances shaped the development of print culture? And to what ends have women represented networks - literary or otherwise - in their poetry, prose and drama.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: salon culture, literary coteries, manuscript circulation, clubs and rivalries, women's presses and literary inheritance. We welcome papers on literary networks/friendships in Britain, Europe and America.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Hermione Lee
  • Professor Elisabeth Jay

The Conference is a joint venture between the English Department at Oxford Brookes University, England and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, England.