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Colloquium: Bessie Head and The Twice-told Tale (Bryn Mawr), 10/10

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:30 am - 4 pm Location: English House, Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA. 19010 Sponsors: Coordinated by The Bessie Head Society and hosted by The English Department and Africana Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Interested participants should forward abstracts for consideration from May 13-June 14, 2010 ( Completed Papers from selected abstracts due August 14, 2010 (2 hard copies and 1 electronic copy) for consideration for edited volume. Cost: $40. (This includes lunch, registration, snacks, and conference materials. Checks should be made payable to: Bryn Mawr College Department of English) Firm Deadlines: Receipt of Abstracts by e-mail (500 words): June 14 Notification of Acceptance by e-mail: before June 21 Completed papers for publication consideration August 14 Registration reservation and payment: September 1 Contact: Linda-Susan Beard,, (610) 526-5318 The colloquium allows us to play with the idea of two-ness in Head. We might examine: the two worlds of her lived and fictive experience in Botswana and South Africa, the sense of Lacanian or other mirrors in individual works or in the intertextual exchanges between novels, or Head's relentless interrogations of binary pairings and genre differentiation. Additional possibilities include such topics as Head's own brand of dialogism, relationships between her fiction or chronicle and the extant correspondence, an exponentially more sophisticated play with psychobiographism, or the published texts of A Question of Power vis a vis the original manuscript before the forcibly excised and ghost-written amendments created as a condition for publication. Please exercise your imagination in creating a relationship of juxtaposition, paradox, dialogue, counterpoint, rebuttal, etc.

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