Registration through the Hull University online store under conferences. Please note registration closes on June 8th


8.30 – 9.00



Registration: Coffee and croissants




9.00 – 9.15 Welcome


SR 1+2 (open)
9.15 – 10.05


Opening Keynote: Mary Joannou SR 1+2
10.05-10.25 Coffee/Tea Break



Parallel panels 1,2,3 (3 papers each)

Panel 1:

Re-veiling and Re-petition (Re-connecting Hull)

Unveiling and Re-veiling: British Women Travellers Reconstructing the ‘Oriental Woman’. Winifred Holtby’s Mandoa, Mandoa! Lisa Regan. (University of Liverpool)

Pot-shots at Poetry: Stevie Smith: James Underwood (University of Hull and BGU)

Re-petition: Stevie Smith’s ‘pick-rag mind’: Smith’s novel, The Holiday. Noreen Masud (University of Oxford)

Panel 2:

Reconfiguring and Revisiting

No Compromise? Katharine Burdekin’s Homo-Fascism: Glyn Salton-Cox (California, Santa Barbara)

Letters of a Communist in Love’: Sexual and Political Education in Katharine Burdekin and Sylvia Townsend Warner. Elizabeth Brunton. (Celal Bayar University in Manisa, Turkey)

A lesbian classic re-visited: Dorothy Strachey’s Olivia: Julia Salmeron (University Autonoma de Madrid)


  Panel 3:

Reconstructing and Resisting

WRENS, Reconstruction and the People’s War: Edith Pargeter’s She Goes to War (1942), Nancy Spain’s Thank you Nelson (1945) and Eileen Bigland’s The Story of the WRNS (1946):

Chris Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

Supporting and resisting the Myth of the Blitz: ambiguity in Susan Ertz’s Anger in the Sky (1943): Lola Serraf.  (University Autonoma de Barcelona)

Resisting Family, Redefining Women: Female Artistic Agency in the Work of Olive Moore.  Sophie Cavey. (University of Southampton)































Resource Room






















Parallel Panels 4,5,6 (4 papers each)

Panel 4:

 Revising and Re-assessing (panel of 4)

Revision and Recovery: Iris Murdoch’s “Trickster” Figure and the Healing of Mid-Century Artistic Anxieties. Lorna Wilkinson (Exeter University)

‘Woolworths, Levitation and a Pig in the Window’: Barbara Comyns and New Directions in Women’s Writing: Nick Turner (UCLAN and Salford University)

Men of the House: Oppressive Husbands and Displaced Wives in Second World War and Post-war Literature.  Lucy Hall. (University of St Andrews)

The Enemy Within? Reassessing Childhood in Post Second World War Women’s Writing:  Victoria Stewart.  (University of Leicester) 

Panel 5:

Recovering and Re-Reading

‘Bloody Virginia Woolf’: The brake on the recovery of the British woman writer through gender bias in academic publication. Kate Macdonald, (University of Reading)

“In spite of her lack of ‘college spirit’”[1]: Q. D. Leavis, Modernism and the Representation of the University. Anna Bogen. (University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, United States)

Affective Art: Prehistory and Common Roots in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts: Eret Talviste (Universities of Glasgow and Nottingham)

Rereading Virginia Woolf’s Flush as a Love-Letter from a Devoted Sister. Jenni Raback. (QMUL)

Panel 6:

Reimagining and Rediscovering


Repeating and Reimagining The Bride of Lammermoor in Wildfire at Midnight.  Mary Stewart. Faye Keegan (Newcastle University)

‘Splendid!’ A consideration of dialogue for the 21st Century author Re-Imagining inter-war cultureAngi Holden. (Manchester Metropolitan University)

‘The Cruelty of Cruelness’: Illness narrative depicted as rediscovery, resistance and resignation as explored in the poetry of Claudia Jones: Catherine Boldeau (St Mary’s University College)

Rediscovering Penelope Mortimer: Jane Thomas (University of Hull)







































Resource Room






























Parallel Panels 7,8 (3 papers each)

Panel 7:

Retrieving and Receiving

‘Retrouver la Guerre’: Bringing up the body in The Nine Tailors (Dorothy L Sayers): Bryonny Muir (University of Auckland)

The Political and the Personal in Manning’s The Great Fortune: Carmen Andres Oliver (University Autonoma de Barcelona)

Receiving Vita: V. Sackville-West at the BBC: Leonie Thomas (Universities of Exeter and Bristol)

Panel 8:

Redefining and Reworking

Elizabeth Taylor’s Redefinition of Realism, 1947-57: Alice Ferrebe (Liverpool John Moores)

Renovating the Country House Novel: Imaginative Inheritance and the Female Tradition in Elizabeth Taylor’s Angel. Teresa Trout (Harvard)

‘Weeping in the Dark’: Elizabeth Taylor’s re-working of Brief Encounter in A Game of Hide and Seek (1949). Sue Kennedy (University of Hull)































Panels 9,10

Panel 9:

Reappraising and Re-presenting

Turning Back the Leaves: a reappraisal of E M Delafield:

Julia Courtney (Independent Scholar)

Re-presenting (Women’s) Reality: Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Shelagh Delaney’s ‘A Taste of Honey’: Maria Elena Capitani (University of Parma)

Survival and Subversion in Richmal Crompton’s Fiction. Jane McVeigh. (University of Roehampton)

Panel 10:

Remembering and ‘Re-dressing’

Conflicting Constructions of Domestic Productivity in Woman’s Weekly magazines published during 1938 and 1939. Ellie Reed. (University of Roehampton)

Remembering Housework: Autobiographies, Domestic Life, and Science. Katie Carpenter. (Royal Holloway)

A Life of Fashion and A Fashionable Life: Alison Settle’s Clothes Line (1937): Felice McDowell (London College of Fashion, University of The Arts)








































Tea Break




Closing Keynote: Gill Plain





Drawing together/Close





Panel chairs to be allocated later


6.45 for 7 pm: We hope many of you will join us for the post conference dinner at Meze Restaurant on Cottingham Road. Numbers needed in advance, please, and any dietary requirements.

We are hopeful of being able to offer bursaries to support attendance. There would be 5 of £50 each. It would mean application in advance but claims made afterwards on production of invoices etc. More on this later.

Please remember that registration closes on June 8th, so don’t leave it too late!

Do please get in touch with any issues.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Sue and Jane