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CFP: Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words and Fragments

Date: 10 November 2017

University of Ulster

To celebrate the upcoming publication of The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1 in autumn 2017, the Faculty of Arts at Ulster University would like to extend an invitation to scholars, fans and members of the public to attend a conference on the work of Sylvia Plath. The publication of Plath’s Letters will no doubt produce new views on her life and work and with that in mind; this conference seeks to foster fresh commentaries on Plath by encouraging the fusion of her work with a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.

In anticipation of the clarity that The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1 will surely produce, this conference seeks papers that will explore new and diverse discussions about Plath’s writing, the contexts against which her work was written, how we read her in the past and how we read her today. Papers are encouraged but not limited to the following subjects:

– (Re)reading and recuperating Plath
– Published/unpublished Plath
– Plath and her archives
– Plath and her correspondences
– Plath and friendship
– Plath and biography
– Ecocriticism
– Representations of Plath in popular culture
– Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
– Plath, her peers and literary influences
– Feminism and Plath
– Plath and Whiteness
– Queering Plath
– Plath and place
– Plath and voice

Papers from all disciplines are welcome – with full panels and artistic contributions especially encouraged. Please send proposals of no more than 350 words to sylviaplath@ulster.ac.uk by Monday 31 July 2017.

This conference is sponsored by the School of English and History at Ulster University. The event is free and is open to the public, but registration is necessary. Registration and accommodation information (including conference discounts) will be available shortly.

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