Excess, Desire and Twentieth- to Twenty-First Century Women’s Writing

8 February 2017

2017 Conference

8 - 10 February 2017

The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia 

Keynote Speakers, Excess and Desire Conference  8-10 February 2017. Left to right: Sanjukta Dasgupta (Calcutta University); Carole Ferrier (University of Queensland, Organiser); Jessica Gildersleeve (University of Southern Queensland, Organiser); Gina Wisker (University of Brighton); Devaleena Das (University of Wisconsin—Madison); Susan Sheridan (Flinders University); Jeanine Leane (University of Melbourne); Colette Morrow (Purdue University); Sneja Gunew (University of British Columbia)



Conference Abstracts

Conference Program

[Image: "What I Think About When Planking", Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm 2011 www.kathrynbrimblecome-fox.com]

Far from being in excess, are studies of gender in twenty-first century women’s writing dwindling, no longer “in vogue?” And yet, at the same time, we are told, public conversations about gender and sexuality are “too much,” “over the top,” out of bounds and out of touch. With a desire of adding to or redressing this feminist excess, Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation, in association with the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, invites proposals for papers dealing with notions of excess and desire as they are developed in twentieth and/or twenty-first century women’s writing.

Jennifer McWeeny reads two female characters in de Beauvoir’s L’Invitée (1943) as “one woman who has multiple, contradictory, excessive selves” (2012). Monique Wittig made a similar claim about the division of the I (j/e) in The Lesbian Body (1973), arguing that “[t]he bar … is a sign of excess. A sign that helps to imagine an excess of ‘I,’ an ‘I’ exalted;” Teresa de Lauretis adds that we might think about excess precisely “as a resistance to identification … [o]r of a dis-identification with femininity” (Lauretis 2007). French feminist theory frequently deals with female “symbolic excess,” disruption and desire (see also Rosemary Hennessy 1993,Mary Russo 1995, Karen Kopelson 2006): bel hooks interprets desire as “yearning” for a better world: post-racism, post-exploitation. We invite abstracts which consider excess and/or desire in these ways, or others, including (but not limited to): 

  • Female embodiment, both abled and disabled
  • Jouissance and enjoyment
  • Food, eating, consumption
  • Speaking out, current feminist discourses in the public sphere and excess and/or desire as feminist critique
  • Excess(es) of trauma and violence
  • The grotesque and the carnivalesque
  • The excess or uncanniness of literary language
  • The excess of theory
  • Desire, yearning and capitalism’s negative excess(es)
  • Desire and revolution
  • The “proper” and the ladylike
  • Excess affect
  • Comparison with antecedents in the pre-21st Century
  • Cross-cultural/transnational excess and/or desire 
  • Indigeneity and the resistance to racism
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