Registration Open: ‘Viewer I married him’: Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama

Registration Open: ‘Viewer I married him’: Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama

Registration is now open for the Reading Reproductions Conference on Friday 29th June 2012 at the University of Hull. Delegates from all fields are welcome to the event, which aims to acknowledge and assess the continuing importance of period drama in contemporary culture across the world.

Dr. Sarah Cardwell from the University of Kent will give the keynote address, ‘From adaptations to period dramas: genre, style and critical evaluation’, and Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, will lead a postgraduate training session focussed on career development and adapting to an academic career. A range of post-graduate and academic speakers will be presenting at the event, which is supported by BAVS.

An early bird registration fee of £25 for students, £35 for academics is available until Monday 30th April. Late registration priced at £35 for students, £45 for academics closes Friday 15th June. The registration form is downloadable from our website:


The following is a draft programme and is subject to change. Please note, rooms and Chairs are yet to be allocated. If you are interested in chairing a panel at the event, please send your request by email to

8.30 – 9.15                   Registration
9.15 – 9.30                   Opening Address 

9.30 – 10.45                 Keynote Lecture by Dr. Sarah Cardwell, University of Kent 
‘From adaptations to period dramas: genre, style and critical evaluation’

10.45 – 11.15               Refreshment Break 
11.15 – 12.45               Panel 1A: Adapting Classics

Verena von Eicken, University of York
‘“You are the last men in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry!” – Postfeminism and Gender Images in Pride and Prejudice (2005)’

Liz Mills, Independent Scholar
‘When an Adaptation Appears More Like an Adaptation: Viewing North and South as a Victorian Pride and Prejudice

Florence Bigo-Renault, Université Paris Diderot
‘Apocryphal Dickens’

11.15 – 12.45               Panel 1B: Contemporary Re-imaginings 

Catherine Han, University of Hull
‘Adapting Interdisciplinary Analogies: Rethinking Bortolotti and Hutcheon’s “Rethinking” (2007) and Angels & Insects (dir. Philip Hass, 1996)’

Dr Sarah Edwards, University of Strathclyde
‘Downtown Abbey 1912: Heritage Television, Official History and Marriage’

Nicola Beech, University of Hull
Downtown Abbeyoncé: Period Dramas made Meme-ingful’

12.45 – 1.45                 Lunch

1.45 – 3.15                   Panel 2A: Cultural Hybridities
Rita Singer, Universität Leipzig
‘Visualizing Hiraeth: Desire in Anthony Hokpins’s August (1996)’

Fern Pullan, Leeds Metropolitan University
‘Books to Bollywood: Dissolving Myths and Power Structures in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice

Marianna D’Ezio, University of Rome
‘Italian TV Adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

1.45 – 3.15                   Panel 2B: Lady Parts: Women’s Roles in Victorian Adaptations
Jo Taylor, Keele University
‘Stitching and Scribbling: Fanny Burney as Poetess in Jane Campion’s Bright Star

Carmen Perez Riu, Universidad de Oviedo
‘Visual Narration and the Victorian Woman Artist as Focalizer’

Rose McCormack, Aberystwyth University
‘Making Sense and Creating Sensibility: Exploring the Bedroom Sequence in Film and Television Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels’

Mary Hong, Independent Scholar
‘Movement, Interiority and the Everyday in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice

3.15 – 4.45                   Panel 3A: Sherlock on Screen: Detecting Drama

Daný van Dam, Leiden University
Sherlock’s London: Taking the Victorian into the Twenty-First Century City’

Ellie Cope, University of Hull
‘(Re)Imagining Deduction: Visualising the Detective Mind in BBC’s Sherlock

Tom Ue, University College London
‘Narrative Technique in Sherlock

3.15 – 4.45                   Panel 3B: Disturbing Drama, Fearful Frames

Graeme Pedlingham, University of Sussex
‘“May I Give You This? I Think It Should Be Yours”: Adaptation, Reception and the Threat of the Object in “Casting the Runes” (1911) and Night of the Demon (1957)’

Matthew Crofts, University of Hull
‘Drac’s Back. Again. And Again. And Then Three More Times: Hammer Horror’s Dracula Series and Keeping the “Gothic” in Gothic Returns’

Derek Johnston, University of Portsmouth
‘A Haunted Season: Seasonality and the Television Gothic’

4.45 – 5.15                   Refreshment Break

5.15 – 6.30         Post-Graduate Training Session by Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC

6.30 – 6.45                   Closing Remarks


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