Monday 28 March 2011
English Department Seminar Room (S2.39), King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS*
In this session we explore ways in which to conceptualise the affective field produced by the global movement of commodities in the Victorian period, and its postcolonial legacies. We will focus on the case of the novel, and specifically those by Anthony Trollope, prolific author of the mid Victorian period. Trollope’s novels disseminated a sense of provincial England to the colonies, yet they also revealed the novelist’s (and the novel’s) investment in the global communication networks of the time. We wish to use Trollope’s works as a case history for considering the ways in which global commodities, such as novels, produce and disseminate realms of feeling, and their interaction with local cultures. This panel will make an intervention in current debates about the global circulation of printed literature; about the significance of mobility as a term in cultural understandings of place and feeling; and about the place of feeling in postcolonial analysis.
Professor Josephine McDonagh (English)
Professor Clare Pettitt (English)
Dr Mark Turner (English)
Dr Ian Henderson (English/Australian Studies)
Pre-circulated draft papers by Mark Turner and Ian Henderson will be available in early March. Contact ian.r.henderson(at)kcl.ac.uk.
From entrance foyer to the Strand campus of KCL take the lifts or stairs to second floor. From lifts make a right-hand u-turn and S2.39 is on your left. From the stairs, make a left hand u-turn and S2.39 is on your left.
Leverhulme International Network: Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, 1851-1914
Department of English Language and Literature, King’s College London
Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London