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Writing Feminist Lives: Elizabeth Fallaize and Simone de Beauvoir

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Writing Feminist Lives: Elizabeth Fallaize, Simone de Beauvoir and others

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The seminar is to celebrate 40 years since the first admission of women as undergraduates at St John’s College and to mark ten years since the death of Elizabeth Fallaize (1950-2009), the first female official fellow of the College. The papers reflect Elizabeth’s interests in the work of Simone de Beauvoir as well as changes in the lives of women born in the post-war era, as Elizabeth was.

Venue: Garden Quad Auditorium Date: Saturday 8th February 2020 Time: 11:00am-4:30pm

11 am: Coffee and introductory remarks

Session One 11.30am- 12.45pm : Memoirs of a dutiful daughter (girlhood, access to university social and geographical mobility)

Dr Jennifer Oliver, Departmental Lecturer in French at Worcester College, University of Oxford

‘Elizabethan inheritances: inspiration, aspirations and books’.

Dr Eve Worth History, Junior Research Fellow in History, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

‘The welfare state generation: girlhood and growing up in the post-war decades’.

Session Two 2.00pm- 3.15 pm : The Prime of life (waged work, love etc)

Professor Linda McDowell, Emerita Professor of Human Geography, St Johns College, University of Oxford

‘Working lives: feminist scholarship in the academy’.

Dr Kate Kirkpatrick*, Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture, King’s College London

‘The prime of life and the weight of time’.

Session Three 3.15pm-4.30pm

When all’s said and done (age, retirement, (too early) death

Professor Diana Holmes, Professor of French, University of Leeds

‘Feminism, reading and the art of getting old: Annie Ernaux’s The Years and Margaret Drabble’s The Dark Flood Rises’

Professor Dame Hermione Lee, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford

‘A late start: the life and work of Penelope Fitzgerald’.

4.30pm: Tea, fizz, cakes

All welcome.

*Kate Kirkpatrick is the author of a new biography about Simone de Beauvoir and there will be an inspection copy of the book available.

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