Dickens on Screen
BFI Southbank, London (and around the UK)
Part of the Dickens 2012 festival, the Dickens on Screen season is a comprehensive survey of film and television adaptations of Dickens’s works. In December there will be an introductory Christmas taster ready for next year, the bicentenary of the author’s birth.
From multi Oscar®-winning Oliver! to BBC’s hit series Bleak House, the world of film and TV have endeavoured to translate Dickens’s stories to the screen. The oldest surviving film version of a work by Dickens – an adaptation of A Christmas Carol – is from 1901 and over a hundred years later Dickens’s works are still being filmed for cinema and TV. Every one of his 15 novels has been filmed at least twice.
Dickens on Screen will be the largest retrospective ever staged of film & TV works based on or inspired by Charles Dickens. The three-month season will premiere at the BFI Southbank in London in January 2012 and will embark on a national and international tour thereafter. Look out for the programme of screenings and events in your local cinema.
For more details and to book tickets, see http://www.bfi.org.uk/dickens/
For more about Dickens 2012, see http://www.dickens2012.org/about-dickens-2012
CFP: Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Victorian Periodical Poetry, Spring 2014
Edited by Alison Chapman and Caley Ehnes (University of Victoria, Canada)
Deadline for Submisions: 30 April 2013
Until recently, poetry published in Victorian periodicals was simply ignored. Dismissed as “filler”, devalued as sentimental, and denigrated as popular verse, periodical poetry languished behind serial fiction and the more respectable poems published in single-authored collections and anthologies.
But the fortunes of periodical poetry have swiftly and dramatically changed. With the consolidation of the periodical as a central component of Victorian studies, renewed attention has been given to the place of the poem in the periodical. Examples include, among others, Kathryn Ledbetter’s Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context (Ashgate, 2007), Linda K. Hughes’s 2007 article for Victorian Periodical Review, “What the Wellesley Index Left Out: Why Poetry Matters to Periodical Studies”, Eileen Curran (on the poetry published in Bentley’s Miscellany), Florence Boos (on working-class poetry), and Michael Sanders (on Chartist periodical poetry).
To date, however, there is no collection of articles or chapters engaged with the topic, and we feel a special issue will be timely in not just offering new primary and critical material on periodical poetry, but also on reflecting what periodical poetry tells us about Victorian poetry as a whole. For this special issue we ask for contributions not only on why poetry matters to Victorian periodicals, but why Victorian periodicals matter to Victorian poetry.
Central questions will include: whether and to what extent Victorian periodical poetry challenges the conventional account of Victorian poetics, prosody and genre; the relation between periodical poetry and serial fiction; and what new or revised models of poetry readership are suggested by periodical poetry. Thus, the special issue will welcome articles uncovering and assessing the importance of neglected periodical poetry, but also asking probing questions about what challenges and revisions Victorian periodicals bring to the understanding of poetry. These issues are particularly pressing with several digital initiatives that will increase the accessibility of periodical poetry (including our own Victorian Periodical Poetry Database [as part of the Victorian Poetry Network], the project of adding poetry to the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, as well as the Yellow Nineties), but also with the huge amount of periodical poetry recently made available through such ventures as the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition and 19th Century UK Periodicals databases. In this light, the special issue will also address questions of digitizing Victorian periodical poetry.
Some topics that a special issue on Victorian Periodical Poetry will address:
- Periodical poetry, illustration and the issues of materiality (e.g. layout, margins)
- The poetics of periodical poetry
- The relation of periodical poetry to questions of time and periodicity
- The relation of periodical poetry to serial fiction
- Sentimentality, sensibility and taste
- Lyric, narrative and the periodical poem
- Popular verses high-brow poetry; acculturation
- Education, gender and issues of readership
- Digitising and indexing periodical poetry
- Newspaper poetry and journalism
- The representation of poetry in the periodical press: reviews, advertisements, etc.
We invite the submission of essays of 20-25 manuscript pages by 30 April 2013, for publication in Victorian Poetry (Spring 2014). Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Early expressions of interest and proposals of topics are also welcome; please contact the editors: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
CFP: Neo-Victorian Networks: Epistemologies, Aesthetics and Ethics
University of Amsterdam
June 13-15, 2012
Deadline for Proposals: February 1, 2012
This conference seeks to assess the state of contemporary neo-Victorian literature, film, television and other media, with papers offering new readings of neo-Victorian texts. The conference also seeks to interrogate the critical field surrounding the notion of the neo-Victorian by asking how we, as scholars, understand this genre and its allied politics. Does the current cultural interest in the “new Victorian” imply a resistance to post modernism, post-structuralism or post-humanism? Or, can neo-Victorianism help us interrogate these terms? How does our post-Victorian landscape accommodate and manipulate the neo-Victorian urge?
We encourage papers that question the ethics, aims and cultural implications of neo-Victorian trends, and which attempt to understand this genre in light of our own political climate and our scholarly resistance to the liberal humanist subject. We also hope to receive papers that playfully link the Victorian and the contemporary, as in Joy De Lyria and Sean Michael Robinson’s reimaging of The Wire as a Victorian serial or Anna Maria Jones’ connections between the workings of the Victorian sensation novel and contemporary Victorian scholarship. Submissions from graduate students are welcomed.
Christine Ferguson (University of Glasgow)
Mark Llewellyn (University of Strathclyde)
Organizing Committee: Joyce Goggin (University of Amsterdam), Tara MacDonald (University of Amsterdam), Monika Pietrzak-Franger (University of Siegen), Eckart Voigts-Virchow (University of Siegen), and Antonija Primorac (University of Split).
CFP: ORALITY AND LITERACY (London C19 Studies Seminar)
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Saturday 17 March 2012
Deadline for proposals: Friday 2 December 2011
The theme for the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar in the Spring term 2012 will be Orality and Literacy, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of Walter Ong’s influential book. Over three days in January, February, and March, speakers will explore a range of issues relating to the interactions between voice and text in the Anglo-American long nineteenth century: philology and acoustic nostalgia, melody and poetic form, laughter, and more.
We are soliciting 20-minute papers on the Seminar theme to form a panel discussion on the extended final day of the Seminar programme, Saturday 17 March 2012.
14 January, 11:00-13:00
Herbert Tucker (Virginia)
William Abberley (Exeter)
25 February, 11:00-13:00
Matthew Bevis (Oxford)
Louise Lee (KCL)
17 March, 11:00-17:00
Sandra M. Gustafson (Notre Dame)
Jason Camlot (Concordia)
James Mussell (Birmingham)
About the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar:
Inaugurated by Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies in 1987, the Seminar is being organised now by a committee made up of nineteenth century specialists from the English Departments of the colleges of the University of London. Responsibility for each season of seminars is passed around the group. The Seminar meets at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
‘William Morris: Story, Memory, History’
Two Temple Place
London WC2 (nr Temple Tube)
Until: January 29, 2012
Open: Mon and Wed-Sat, 10am-4.30pm; Sun 12pm-5pm; closed Tues. Admission free.
Two Temple Place is a Gothic Revival mansion, built as a home for William Waldorf Astor in 1895. It now houses four exhibition spaces, including the great hall. Open as a public venue for the first time, it is a fine example of late Gothic Revival style. The building is decorated with scenes from Shakespeare, from Arthurian legend, and from ‘The Three Musketeers’, Astor’s favourite book.
The exhibition itself is the first of a planned series designed to showcase collections from outside London in a central London location.
London Nineteenth Century Studies Research Seminar
19 November 2011
Room G37 (Senate House, University of London, Ground Floor)
The Autumn Term series 2011 is entitled “ON PHOTOGRAPHY”.
Inaugurated by Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies in 1987, the Seminar is being organised now by a committee made up of nineteenth century specialists from the English Departments of the colleges of the University of London. Responsibility for each season of seminars is passed around the group.
The speakers on the 19th will be:
Prof. Lindsay Smith (University of Sussex): ‘Shopping in St Petersburg: Lewis Carroll’s photographic longing’
Dr Anthony Hamber: ‘William Blackmore and photography of North American Indians’
For a full programme of the seminar series, see http://www.sas.ac.uk/events/visitor_events.php?page=ies_seminars&func=results&aoi_id=54
CFP: Paranormal Mysteries (Clues: A Journal of Detection)
Guest editor: A. B. Emrys (University of Nebraska–Kearney)
Submission deadline: December 29, 2011
Published biannually by McFarland & Co., the peer-reviewed Clues: A Journal of Detection features academic articles on all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and film without limit to period or country covered. It also reviews nonfiction mystery works (biographies, reference works, and the like) and materials applicable to classroom use (such as films). Victorian subjects welcome.
Paranormal mysteries often feature the usual suspects (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and so forth) but also branch into the gothic, spirituality (as in Tony Hillerman’s skinwalkers, Michael Gruber’s shaman trilogy), and other magic realism, as well as biochemical transformation (as in the Relic series) and a wide variety of mystery hybrids with horror and dark fantasy. For this theme issue of Clues, potential contributors are urged to think outside the normal boxes. Thematic analysis might include (but is not limited to):
• the paranormal as red herring (explained away by the end, as in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles)
• minority culture treated as paranormal (as in depictions of voodoo as horror) in mystery texts
• whether horror/dark fantasy in general requires detection
• the paranormal dialogue with subcategories of mystery: clue-puzzle/hard-boiled/noir/ private eye/spy/police procedural/etc.
• paranormal romance in relation to romantic suspense
• the mystery ingredients most affected by paranormal hybridity
• women characters as detectives and/or monsters and/or victims in paranormal mysteries
• international adaptations of British horror classics
• film/TV adaptations of paranormal mysteries
• use and/or overuse of providence and other supernatural means for mystery resolution
• the dialogue between literary and popular gothic texts
• stage adaptations of paranormal detection
• paranormal mysteries as reading tools/pedagogical resources
Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and 4-5 keywords, and be between 15 and 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Microsoft Word with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the MLA Style Manual (3rd ed., 2008), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of Works Cited. Please confirm that manuscripts have been submitted solely to Clues.
Submit manuscripts by email to: Dr. Janice Allan, Executive Editor, Clues: A Journal of Detection, J.M.Allan@salford.ac.uk
Direct questions to: Elizabeth Foxwell, Managing Editor, Clues, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Clues Web site at http://tinyurl.com/aboutclues, where there is also a CFP for a special issue on Hitchcock and Adaptation (Proposals for submissions due January 1st 2012). Clues also welcomes articles outside of the posted CFPs; author guidelines are available at the link.
Victorian Persistence: Text, Image, Theory
New Seminar Group
Start Date: 6pm, Wednesday 9th November
Université Paris Diderot
The present-day globalization of Victorian writing can be traced back to the extraordinary plasticity of its textual and visual forms, as it travels from place to place and media to media. Such temporal, geographical, cultural and intermedial persistence is to be the subject of a seminar which will consider the resistance of literature within the nineteenth-century as well as its survival and rebirth in future times. This seminar will encourage an interdisciplinary approach and will be supervised by Sara Thornton, Professor of English studies at Paris Diderot.
The seminar will be held at the Université Paris Diderot and is part of the LARCA research centre. It take place monthly on Wednesdays at 6pm, starting on the 9th of November, at the Université Paris Diderot (room C330, UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V, 10 rue Charles V, 75004 Paris, métro Bastille, Sully Morland or Saint-Paul). The full programme of the seminar will discussed during the introductory session.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served!
Registration for the ‘Materials of Mourning: Death, Materiality and Memory in Victorian Britain’ conference is now open. Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Prince Albert’s death, this one-day symposium seeks to investigate how grief was manifested and mourning facilitated in the Victorian period through literature, material culture and the visual arts. Often satirised but rarely understood, this event aims to recover the rich culture of mourning in the Victorian period by showcasing current research and encouraging conversation, debate and interdisciplinary exchange. The conference will take place between 9.30am and 6pm on Saturday 3 December at the Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York. There is a £5 registration fee that includes lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception.
Keynote speaker: Marcia Pointon, ‘Casts, Masks and Relics’
For a full programme, speaker biographies, and details of how to register, please visit the blog: http://materialsofmourning.wordpress.com/.
Elections took place at the annual BAVS conference in Birmingham to choose a new postgraduate rep. to replace Claire Wood, whose term finished this year. Allison Neal, from Hull, was elected after a hustings held at the conference.
Your reps. for 2011-12 are:
Mary L. Shannon, King’s College London (2010-12)
Allison Neal, Hull (2011-13)
Thanks to Claire for all her hard work as postgraduate rep., and welcome to Allison! To get in touch with your reps, or with any member of The Victorianist team, see the ‘About Us’ page of the blog.