The first meeting of the Leeds Nineteenth Century Reading Group for this academic year will meet on Tuesday 12 October, at 5.15pm in the School of English (Seminar Room 5). Drawing on the recent successful returns of Sherlock Holmes to the big and small screens they thought that it would be timely and interesting to revisit the original material, discussing three of the short stories in The Adventures, namely The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Speckled Band, and The Copper Beeches. The texts are available on Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1661.
For those requiring a map: click on the map on the following URL. The School is number 76. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campus_map/. If anyone has a query, please email David and Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 6 November
Institute of English Studies
Senate House, London
A one-day conference to celebrate the 150th birthday of The Mill on the Floss, one of George Eliot’s most remarkable works of fiction.
David Amigoni (Keele University), ‘Inheritance and Parental Investment in The Mill on the Floss’
Kathryn Hughes (University of East Anglia), ‘Who were the Dodsons? Uncovering Traces of Family History in The Mill on the Floss’
George Levine (Rutgers University), ‘Money and Desire, Realism and Romance – The Mill on the Floss’
Chair: Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi (University of Stirling)
Catherine Brown (New College, Oxford), ‘ The Mill on the BBC in 1978′
Alain Jumeau (University of Paris-Sorbonne), ‘Translating The Mill on the Floss’
Louise Lee (King’s College London), ‘Maggie Tulliver & the Ethics of Boredom’
Donna Maynard (Exeter University), ‘ “She had often wished for books with more in them”: Imagined Space and the Making of “More” in The Mill on the Floss’
The Victorianist Professional Development Page is now live!
To quote (ourselves), the page includes ‘a random and perhaps eclectic collection of resources recommended by people successful in the great employment quest. We’ve also included a set of websites offering interesting and in some cases provocative advice on preparing yourself for professional engagement.’
Reading the Archive of Colonial Australian Popular Fiction
Professor Ken Gelder (Melbourne)
Thursday 30 September 2010, 6.15pm
King’s College London, Strand Campus
English Department Seminar Room S2.39 (Take lifts from Strand reception to second floor. Do a right-hand U-turn from lift and S2.39 is just to your left)
Please rsvp to email@example.com
About Professor Gelder:
Ken Gelder joined the University of Melbourne in 1989 and has since taught across the Literary Studies and Cultural Studies programs in a variety of areas: from popular culture to literary theory. His books, Reading the Vampire (1994) and Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (2004), have helped to make him an international authority on genre fiction. The co-written Uncanny Australia (1998) – with Jane M. Jacobs (now at the University of Edinburgh) – has been especially influential, both nationally and internationally, on subsequent postcolonial work across a range of disciplines. He has also published widely on subcultures, including his book Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (2007). Professor Gelder is currently involved in a major Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project ‘Colonial Australian Popular Fiction’ with Dr Rachael Weaver. http://www.apfa.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/home.html
A One-Day Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Warwick, Saturday 22nd January, 2011
Deadline for submissions 5 November 2010
“One hears sometimes of a child being ‘the picture of health;’ now Emma always gives me the idea of being the complete picture of grown-up health. She is loveliness itself, Mr. Knightley, is not she?” (Jane Austen, Emma, chapter 5)
Confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Hilary Marland (University of Warwick) and Dr Claire Brock (University of Leicester)
The conference Picturing Women’s Health 1750-1910 will explore the interface of diverse discourses that constructed ideas about women’s health in Britain during the Romantic and Victorian periods. In these years, writers and artists documented extraordinary discoveries and advancements in science, anatomy, and medicine. This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference will examine the vicissitudes of attitudes towards women’s ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ bodies over the one-hundred-and-sixty year period. In particular, conference papers will consider representations of the female body in fictional/non-fictional literature, fine arts, and visual media and how they reflected or influenced women’s understandings and experiences of their own health and bodies.
Possible approaches could include: How did different women’s testimonies or documentations of health relate to each other? How accurately or inaccurately did men and women artistically portray the female body in health and illness? How were scientific and artistic ideas about women’s health in dialogue? What is the relationship between the representation of woman’s body and her (in)ability to perform certain familial and social roles? How are contemporary critical debates on Romantic and Victorian public and private spheres complicated by the periods’ representations of women’s health?
Call for Papers (PDF):Picturing Womens Health Poster
For further information and submission guidelines:
Organising committee: Kate Scarth, Fran Scott, Ji Won Chung (Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick)
Call for Papers – Novelties: A One-Day Postgraduate Symposium on Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Keynote speaker: Regenia Gagnier
Saturday 27th November 2010, The Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York
The nineteenth century is frequently characterized as a period of extraordinary change, but Novelties asks what is still surprising about its literature and culture. The word ‘novelty’ has resonances in the modern and the unfamiliar, the innovative and the unusual; it expresses an ingenious solution, a remarkable device, a newsworthy occurrence, and everything that is frivolous, fashionable and disreputable. Novelties will showcase research that explores a ‘novel’ aspect of nineteenth-century Britain from anywhere on this spectrum, whether it’s political activism and social revolution, or public scandal and social climbing; scientific invention and pioneering travel, or phantasmagoria and commercial tourism.
Novelties is a celebration of all things ‘new’ in the field of nineteenth-century literature and culture, from the freshly-decorated interior of the suburban villa to the darkest corners of the Victorian underworld. The symposium will also reflect our changing research culture by encouraging original and unexpected connections between disciplines.
Novelties will take place in the University’s brand-new Humanities Research Centre located on the main campus, just a short distance from York’s historic city centre. The city has excellent transportation links and is less than two hours from London by train.
We warmly invite proposals for 20-minute papers from postgraduates and early career researchers from literature, history, history of art, and any other branch of the humanities. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Material culture
• The news and newspapers
• Advertising, the ‘commodity fetish’ and consumerism
• Popular art forms and new genres
• Sensations on the page and stage
• Victorian invention and inventions
• Space and architecture
• Sexualities and psychologies
• Victorian modernities and technologies
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to Kate Compton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15th October 2010. Any other enquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
For updates and further information, visit http://www.york.ac.uk/modernstudies/conferences/novelties/. Registration will
open from Monday 25th October.
A one-day conference at Senate House
Saturday 9 October 2010
University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
This interdisciplinary one-day conference reassesses the complex and intimate relationship between the emerging discipline of psychology and the field of aesthetics in the nineteenth century.
Speakers include Neil Vickers (Kings), Matthew Beaumont (UCL), Vicki Mills (Birkbeck), Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck), Tiffany Watt-Smith (QMUL), David Amigoni (Keele), Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck) and Jenny Bourne Taylor (Sussex).
Organisers: Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck), Nicola Bown (Birkbeck), Jenny Bourne Taylor (Sussex)
For programme and registration details see:
“Before and After Toynbee: conceiving the Industrial Revolution during the long nineteenth century”
23 September, Newnham College, Cambridge
A one-day symposium hosted by the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group, comprising a keynote talk by Professor Donald Winch (Sussex) and three panels of short papers.
This symposium aims to ask questions of the way industrialization was conceived both before and after Toynbee’s “Lectures” in 1884, and to address the evolving idea of industrialism in the course of the long nineteenth century.
The symposium may be of interest to scholars working in a range of different fields, and will be held over the course of a single day in Cambridge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all participants.
To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited.
Daniel CS Wilson (Birkbeck)
Jocelyn Betts (Cambridge)