Postmodernist Biofictions Conference

Postmodernist Biofictions Conference Schedule

HumSS Building, University of Reading, 25th March 2017


9.00-9.30 – Registration

9.30 – 10.30 – Keynote Lecture 1

Professor Maggie Gee, Bath Spa University

‘Onceness: Biofiction and the Truth of the Individual Body’

10.30 – 11.00 – Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 – Parallel Panel Session 1


Panel A – Authors and Artists: Fictionalizing the Female Subject

Chair: Madeleine Davies

Elaine Hudson Julia Lajta-Novak Eleanor Knight
The Author in the Looking-Glass: Norah Vincent’sAdeline as Reflective Biography


Postmodern Feminism to Postfeminism:

Generic Layering in Biofictions about Women Artists


The Trial of Jean Rhys – An Opera:

Transcribing the Authentically Unpleasant Voice of a Literary Icon.


Panel B – Versions and Subversions: ‘History’ and Biofiction

Chair: David Brauner

Pedro Ponce Bronwen Edwards Vin Arthey
The American Presidency: A Conspiratorial History The Romance of War: Relationships in Biofictions and Biographies about the Women of SOE


Spy Biography < > Spy Fiction > Spy Biofiction



12.30-1.30 – Lunch


1.30-2.30 – Professor Susan Sellers, University of St Andrews, Author of Vanessa and Virginia, in conversation with Bethany Layne

2.30-4.00 – Parallel Panel Session 2


Panel C – Auto-Biofiction and Displaced Identities

Chair: Elaine Hudson

Pauline Eyre Hannah Yelin Olga Dzhumaylo
Narrating Problem Bodies: Christopher Nolan’s Under the Eye of the Clock Constructedness and Sexual Trauma
in the Biofiction of Pamela Anderson
Impossibility of Closure in John Fowles’ Autobiographical NovelDaniel Martin


Panel D – Biofiction and Gender (Student Panel)

Chair: Will Davies

Chloe DeLullington Claire Timmerman Daniel Buckingham Rachel Morden
Unwrapping Lady Lazarus: Female Suicide and Creativity in Biofiction Sororophilia and Sororophobia in Susan Sellers’ Vanessa and Virginia De-feminising Fenimore: Positioning the Rival in David Lodge’s Author, Author Celebrating the “Difficult Women” in The Ballad of Sylvia and Ted


4.00-4.30 – Tea and Coffee


4.30-5.30 – David Lodge CBE, Author of A Man of Parts and Author, Author, in conversation with Bethany Layne


5.30-6.15 – Plenary roundtable and discussion


Register for the conference here.


About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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