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Undervalued British women writers celebrated by University

Undervalued British women writers conference at Chichester

THE undervalued women writers of the intermodernism period are being celebrated at the University of Chichester this week.

A one-day conference, on Saturday 27 May, will discuss the impact of the women writers and the influences that acted upon these British authors who published renowned work from 1930 to 1960.

Tickets to the Undervalued British Women Writers, 1930 to 1960: Influences and Connectivity, which has been organised by senior lecturer Dr Miles Leeson and researcher David Clayton, are available at

The event will explore how the women’s work connects with modernists of the post-1960 period with keynote speakers including Kingston University’s Professor Avril Horner, writer Kate Levey, as well as novelist Maureen Duffy.

It is being held at the University’s Bishop Otter campus in Chichester, College Lane, West Sussex, PO19 6PE.

David Clayton said: “In considering the concepts of influence and connectivity, fiction by women has been well examined for both conscious and unconscious influences from Elaine Showalter’s Big Five women, who head the canon of what might be called the feminine tradition.

“There is, however, a substantial body of innovative and experimental work by women that deserves rehabilitation and scholarly recognition.

“To this end the conference will offer a thought-provoking environment in which to consider the influences that acted on women writers of the period, and in what ways they may be connected to Modernist, Intermodernist, and Post-Modernist impulses in addition to following a realist tradition.

“The conference title is intended to be broad enough to allow for the many varied interpretations which contributors may bring, whilst maintaining an underlying thread of common interest.”

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