CfP: The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography, University of Hull, 16th July 2014

A Postgraduate Conference – 16 July 2014

Department of English, University of Hull

Submissions are welcomed for ‘The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography’, a postgraduate conference held at the University of Hull, aimed at promoting Northern research in Victorian life-writing. We invite submissions from postgraduate students across the humanities on the theme of nineteenth-century biography. The conference will encompass a range of themes relating to the topic of life-writing, exploring the development of Victorian biography and the influence of biography on the Victorians. How did Victorian biographers respond to the legacy of eighteenth-century works like Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson? How did reading military biography and the lives of celebrities shape the literary landscape of the Victorian period?

Preference will be given to students from northern universities and two bursaries of £20 will be available to those coming from furthest away.

Topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Influence of biography on Victorian authors
  • Bibliographic history of the biography
  • Traumatic life writing
  • Secret lives
  • Working Class lives
  • Family memoirs
  • Biography and fiction
  • Celebrity life writing
  • Neo-Victorian biography

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes to either Emma Butcher or Emily Bowleserbutcher@gmail.com or ejlm501@york.ac.uk by 30 April 2014.

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