F228. Women Writing Violence

Room 202, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 2
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Studies of violent literature often focus on the world of masculine literature, the so-called literature for men. But the trend of women writing violence is often ignored. This discussion of violent literature by women writers focuses on female violence in fiction and questions how violent literature by women compares to violent literature by men. In the trend of women writing violence, does the role of the victim change based on gender? Or, is it the reader’s perception that changes?



Aimee Parkison is the author of three books: Woman with Dark Horses, The Innocent Party, and The Petals of Your Eyes. Associate professor at UNC Charlotte, she has won an Isherwood Fellowship, a Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and a Hearst Creative Artist Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society.

Alissa Nutting is author of the novel Tampa and the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has recently appeared in Mid-American Review, Cincinnati Review, and Indiana Review. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at John Carroll University.

Gretchen E. Henderson is the author of two novels, The House Enters the Street and Galerie de Difformité: a book that is collaboratively (de)forming across media. Her nonfiction and poetry collections include On Marvellous Things, Heard, and Wreckage. She is writing a cultural history of ugliness.

Lily Hoang is the author of four books. Her short novel Changing received a 2009 PEN Beyond Margins Award. She is prose editor for Puerto del Sol and editor for Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University.


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