Category Archives: gender

Update on MLA and other activities

It’s already February!

January passed in a blur of conferences… First, the Modern Languages Association annual convention in Austin, Texas, where I presented research into gender in Zobel’s novels.

Then I spoke in London at the launch of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at the School of Advanced Studies, which is part of the University of London. This was an opportunity to discuss activities fostered by the FRANCOPOCO Network at the University of Birmingham.

And January has also been a month of forms: from PhD applications and funding applications which I’ve supported, to getting ready for ResearchFish (more on that in another post)… Not to mention working on my book proposal form!

I’m also back teaching, and am really enjoying giving the MA modules on Postcolonial Theory and World Literature which I convene and teach, as part of the MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. So a busy start to the new year!

 

MLA at Austin, Texas

Happy New Year!

The Zobel project is on the move once again. I’m in Texas to present a research paper at the major research conference in my field, the Modern Language Association of America annual convention.

Thousands will attend this conference, which is held this year in Austin, Texas.

I’ll be speaking in a special panel on Caribbean Women, which will present four Francophone Caribbean case-studies. My fellow panellists and I will be exploring the role of women as novelists and cultural figures, as well as the representation of women in Francophone Caribbean literature and culture.

My own paper is entitled “Zobel’s Women” and I’ll argue that the depiction of women characters in Zobel’s literature is far more complex and interesting than has previously been acknowledged.

The MLA will be the biggest conference I have ever attended. Thousands register for it every year!

To prepare for it, I’ve been reading this Guest Blog by Natalie M. Houston, which is a great “Survival Guide” to academic conferences in general, and the MLA specifically! You might enjoy it too:

https://convention.commons.mla.org/guest-post/surviving-and-thriving-at-the-mla-convention?shareadraft=baba335_5682f9fa5936e