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

8th March 2014, 09:00 to 19:00, Durham University, Jane Smiley, Jo Phoenix, Kate MacDonald

Through history women’s bodies have been the subject of artistic presentation, ostensibly to celebrate the beauty of the female form, but also to fetishize, to dismember and to control women both within the arts and in the wider world. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to appraise the depiction of women’s physical form in artworks, as well as how artistic presentation has informed other disciplines, from the Nineteenth Century to Now, in order to assess how far the arts have changed in line with apparent developments in the treatment of women, over the comparable historical gulf. We are also keen to consider the social impact the arts have had, and continue to have, on the treatment of women.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane SmileyProfessor Jo Phoenix (University of Durham); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent).

A final programme is now available. Please see READ for more information.

The conference will run at Durham University on 8th March 2014, International Women’s Day. It is organised in association with the University of Durham’s Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities.

Contact literarydollsconference@gmail.com for more information about this event.

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