Contemporary Women’s Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies

Third Biennial International Conference of the
Contemporary Women’s Writing Network
In collaboration with
San Diego State University
July 7-9, 2010

Confirmed Featured Speakers:
Susan Stanford Friedman

Susan Friedman

Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Sally Mead Hands Bascom Professor of English University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests
20th and 21st Centuries American, British, and Anglophone world literatures; modernism/modernity; women’s writing (fiction, poetry, essay); feminist theory; comparative postcolonial, diaspora, migration, transnational, and border theory and literature; narrative theory; psychoanalysis; multiculturalism and race studies; contemporary cultural theory, especially anthropology and geography; film.


Thadious M. Davis

Thadious M. Davis, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania, received her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her teaching areas include African American literature and Southern literature with an emphasis on issue of race, region, and gender. Her research interests are interdisciplinary: geography and African American writers; photography and Southern women; film and literary modernism; visual culture and the Harlem Renaissance; civil rights law and narrative fiction.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magic and celebrating diversity.

She writes both for adults and children. Her books have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Russian and Japanese. Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. Her short stories, Arranged Marriage, won an American Book Award. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Caroline Bergvall
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and reading together from their work:
Rae Armantrout
Cristina Rivera-Garza
Anna Joy Springer
Elizabeth Willis

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