London 19th Century Studies Seminar: Schedule for Spring Term

London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar
Spring Term 2012
Room G37 (Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU).

The Spring term 2012 series of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, on Orality and Literacy, is co-convened by James Emmott (Birkbeck) and Tom F. Wright (UEA). For abstracts, speaker profiles, and further information, see the website

The series marks the thirtieth anniversary of Walter Ong’s influential Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. 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.

All sessions take place in Room G37 (Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU).

All welcome, but please note: these seminars are very popular and the meeting rooms are often very full. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Saturday 14 January, 11:00–13:00

Herbert Tucker (Virginia): ‘Unsettled Score: Structure and Play in Browning’s “A Toccata of Galuppi’s”’
William Abberley (Exeter): ‘Voices of Nature: The Oral Past in Victorian Historical Fiction’

Saturday 25 February, 11:00–13:00

Matthew Bevis (Oxford): ‘Poetry for Laughs’
Louise Lee (KCL): ‘Shattered Articulations: Darwin’s Evolutionary Jokes and the Deferral of Cognition’

Saturday 17 March, 11:00–17:00 — extended final day

Session 1
James Mussell (Birmingham): ‘“Scarers in Print”: Literacy and Media Practice from Our Mutual Friend to Friend Me on Facebook’
Bob Nicholson (Manchester): ‘“Goodbye, old fellow, I must skedaddle!”: Reading the American Voice in the Late-Victorian Press’

Session 2
Claire Potter (U Paris Diderot): ‘The Weight of the Voice/The Slant of the Word: Circulations of Melancholia in Hardy’
Roisin Quinn-Lautrefin (U Paris Diderot): ‘Giving Utterance: Mary Barton and the Language of the Working Class’
Mary L. Shannon (KCL): ‘Spoken Word and Printed Page: G. W. M. Reynolds and the London Riots, 1848’

Final Session
Sandra M. Gustafson (Notre Dame): ‘Orality and Literacy in Transatlantic Perspective’


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