‘Victorian Age(s): BAVS 2015 Conference Draft Programme (as of 29 May)

Thursday 27th August

 7.30-9.30 Breakfast

9:00 onwards Registration

9:30-12:30 PGR/ECR Workshop

Impact and Public Engagement
9.30-9.50 Kate Compton (York Army Museum)
9.50-10.10 TBC
10.10-10.30 Dr Grace Farringdon (The Reader Organisation)
10.30-10.45  Questions
10.45-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Workshop

12:00-1:15 Refreshments available for arriving delegates

12:30-1:15 Light lunch available for PGR/ECR workshop participants only

 1:15-2:30 Opening of Conference/Roundtable on Old Age

Helen Small
Pat Thane
Christiana Payne

Panel Session A (Thurs 27th 2:30-4pm)

A.1: Golden Ages and Stages (Temporality I) Chair:
L. Barnes The Stages of Nicholas Nickleby: Adapting Dickens’ Novel for the Theatre
Kate Newey Golden Ages: The Victorian Theatre, Nostalgia and Modernity
Peter Yeandle Simultaneous Stages: Authenticity and Artifice at Belle Vue
A.2: Brontës’ Early Writings (Life-Cycle I) Chair:
Valerie Sanders ‘Unmarked Auditors’: The strange Presence of Children in the Brontë Juvenilia.
Emma Butcher (Re)Writing Military History in the Early Narratives of Charlotte and Branwell Brontë
Erin Nyborg Heroic Masculinity in Charlotte and Emily’s Belgian Essays: An Apprenticeship in Victorian Authorship
A.3: (W)rites of Passage: Funerals, Wills, and Memorial Cards (Life-Cycle II) Chair:
Helen Frisby Revelry and Rivalry in the 19th-century English Funeral
Judith Frisby The Story of John Battye’s Will
Claire Wood Ordering Meaning in the Victorian Memorial Card
A.4: The Age of Professionalization: Briefless Barristers, Lady Doctors, and Army Officers (Periodization I)Chair: Clare Horrocks
Ann M. Hale From Questionable Ethics to Marriage Prospects: Briefless Barristers and the Changing Legal Profession
Alison Moulds An (Un)suitable Job for a Woman: Constructions of the ‘Lady Doctor’ in 19th-Century Medical Writing
Beth Gaskell Periodical Professionalization: The Periodical Press and the Fight for the Professional Development of the British Army
A.5: Appropriating the Romantic and the Revolutionary (Historical Appropriations I) Chair:
P Cook Charles Dickens and the Romantic Legacy: The Struggle for Time
Georgina Hunter The Revolutionary Age in the Mid-19th Century Periodical Press
Courtney Salvey The Age of Invention: Early Victorian Histories of Invention and Industry
A.6: The Age of Martyrs (Historical Appropriations II)Chair: Elizabeth Ludlow
Brian H. Murray ‘The Son of God goes forth to War’: The Imperial Martyr’s Hymnbook
Victoria Mills Hypatia, The New Woman and Martyrdom in the 1890s
Kate Nichols Diana or Christ? Conflicting Ages in Victorian Visualisations of Early Christian Martyrdom
A.7:  Subtle Thieves of Age(s): Poetic Appropriations (Historical Appropriations III) Chair:
Orla Polten ‘Neither English nor Greek’? The Tragic Metres of Browning’s Agamemnon
Laura Kilbride Pure Greek? The Problem of Style in Swinburne’s Greek Tragedies
Jerome Wynter Revivifying a Seventeenth-Century Trope for a Nineteenth-Century Purpose in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘The African: A Poem in Two Cantos’

4:00-4:45 Refreshment Break

Panel Session B (Thurs 27th 4:45-6:15)

B.1: Transported Through Time (Temporality II) Chair:
Rose Roberto Visualising Progress in Chambers’s Illustrated Encyclopedia
Paul Raphael Rooney Railway Reading Time and Post-1870 Readers
Dany van Dam Stopping Time to Stop Forgetting: Sea Journeys and Temporal Separation in Neo-Victorian Fiction
B.2: Imaginary Childhoods (Life-Cycle III) Chair:
Clare Walker Gore Disability, Desire and Dickens’s Child-Women
Kirstie Blair ‘National Dialect in the Nursery’: Childishness and the Scottish Working-Class Poet
J Holt A View from the Bath: Recovering Childhood Innocence in 19th-century Japan.
B.3: Saints and Martyrs (Historical Appropriations IV) Chair:
Elizabeth Ludlow The Body’s Grace: Mid-Victorian Narratives of Female Martyrdom and Monasticism
Rachel Webster Josephine Butler’s Catharine of Siena (1878), exemplary femininity, and the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act
B.4: Antiques and Conservation (Historical Appropriations V) Chair:
Heidi Egginton The Bazaar, Exchange and Mart and the ‘Pastime’ of Antique Collecting after 1868
Allison Adler Kroll William Morris and Thomas Hardy at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: The Ethos of Cultural Conservation in the Later 19th Century
Anne Anderson Old Things and Degenerate Bodies: The ‘fearful consequences’ of ‘living up’ to one’s antiques.
B.5: Travelling Through Time (Periodization II) Chair:
Catherine Retford ‘Great safe spaces down deep’: The Imagined Age of the Subterranean
Jacob Jewusiak The Technology Age: H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and the Political Economy of Ageing
Simon James H.G. Wells: Textual Revision Travelling in Time
B.6: Age(s) of the Press (Periodization III) Chair:
Jock Macleod Constructing ‘The Age of the Press’: A Historiography of Victorian Newspaper Histories
Clare Horrocks Success Through the Ages: Punch  and the Modernist Challenge 1874-1906
Melissa Score An Age of Campaigns: Serial Publication and Advocacy in the Victorian Press
B.7: Mid-Life Crises (Life-Cycle IV) Chair:
Michael Meeuwis Against the Carnivalesque: The Middle-Aged Man in Victorian Drama, 1860-1914
Ryan Sweet Humour, Midlife, and Cosmetic Prosthesis Use in H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines (1885)
Shelagh Ward Borrowed Time: The Progress and Persistence of Female Suicide Survivors in late Victorian Bradford

6.15-7.15 British Association of Victorian Studies AGM

7:15-8:00 21st Anniversary of LCVS Wine Reception

8:00 –9:00 dinner

9:00 onwards Bar Open


 Friday 28th August

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast

8:30 onwards Registration

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary Lecture

Professor Nicholas Daly, University College, Dublin:  ‘Modern Swashbucklers and Matinee Idols: The Age of Ruritania’

10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment Break

Panel Session C (Friday 28th 10:30-12:00)

C.1: Hardy and Time (Temporality III) Chair: Roger Ebbatson
Jonathan Godshaw Memel ‘Human Associations’: The Past in Hardy’s Schoolrooms
Trish Ferguson Death After Darwin: Thomas Hardy and the Desire for Human Immortality.
Catherine Charlwood ‘Travel, memory-possessed’: Mental Time Travel in Hardy’s Verse
C.2: Representing Children (Life-Cycle V) Chair:
Galia Benziman The Self-Made Child: Dickens and the Delusion of Inferior Origins
Anna West ‘Baby’ Creatures: Thomas Hardy’s Poems for Children
J Sage Charles Dodgson’s Mid-Victorian Child: Innocence and Instability
C.3: The Ages of Woman (Life-Cycle VI) Chair:
Laura Monrós-Gaspar ‘Forgive a poor lone woman’s schemings’: Strong-minded women and Victorian appropriations of the classical past
Tara Puri The Coming of Age of the Indian New Woman
Claudia Capancioni Janet Ross’s Intergenerational Conversations: Women’s Lives in the Victorian Age
C.4: Folk and Folklore (Historical Appropriations VI) Chair:
E Richardson The Prophetic Imagination: Andrew Lang and Scottish Second Sight
Jodie Matthews ‘This is an artificial age’: The Late Victorian Search for Authenticity
Katie Heathman Folklore and the Past in the Social Work of Mary Neal and Grace Kimmins
C.5: NNCN: Victorian Secrets (Periodization IV) Chair: Merrick Burrow, University of Huddersfield
Jim Mussell Time to Tell: Secrecy and Narrative in the 19th Century
Fern Pullan Haunted Origins: Gothic Traces, the Law and the Domestication of Crime in Victorian Sensation Fiction
Guy Woolnough (Keele): Identity concealed or revealed? The use of photography in the Victorian criminal justice system
C.6: Intergenerational Tension (Periodization V) Chair:
Ann Heilmann George Moore’s Literary Coming-of-Age: Influence-Anxiety and Generational Conflict in Memoirs of my Dead Life
W. Manners Inter-generational Relationships within Cycling Clubs in the 1890s
Margery Masterson Men out of Time: Fire-eating in the Age of Equipoise
C.7: Celebrity and Canonisation (Periodization VI) Chair:
Helen Kingstone Living Memory and the Dictionary of National Biography
Michael J. Sullivan Tennyson and the 19th-Century Lyric Anthology: Constructing a Victorian Canon
Sandra Mayer A Romantic Legacy: Benjamin Disraeli and Early-Victorian Celebrity Culture
C.8: Curating the VictoriansChairs: Lauren Padgett & Jack Gann
Gail Marshall
Kitty Ross

Panel Session D (Friday 28th 12-1pm)

D.1: Victorian Studies Journals: Coming of AgeDiscussion Roundtable

Chair: Helen Rogers

D.2: Once Upon A Time: Fairytale Times (Temporality IV) Chair:
Marilyn Pemberton ‘This IS long ago’: The Manipulation of Time in Mopsa the Fairy
Rebecca Styler Eros and Cosmos in George Macdonald’s Fairytales
D.3: Screen Time (Temporality V) Chair:
Tristan Burke The Cinematographic Temporality of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations
Madeleine Wood Thomas de Quincey, Childhood Trauma and Screen Memory
D.4: Digging Up The Past (Historical Appropriations VII) Chair:
Patricia Pulham The Medieval and Classical Past in George MacDonald’s Phantastes
Jessica Cox Victorian Excavations: Archaeology and History in the Neo-Sensation Novel
D.5: Sherlock on the Clock (Periodization VII) Chair:
K Brombley Sherlock Holmes: A Victorian Man?
S. Tomaiuolo Zombie Hauntings: The Return of the Present in Victorian Undead

Lunch Break (Friday 28th 1-2pm)

Departure at 2pm for optional fieldtrip in central Leeds: the Heaton Project and the Leeds Library

Panel Session E (Friday 28th 2-3:30)

E.1: Life Writing (Temporality VI) Chair:
Claire Stainthorp The Adolescent Writings of Constance Naden (1875-1879):  A Manuscript Discovery
Catherine Delafield Time and Textuality in 19th-century Life Writing
David Sorensen Time and Temporality in Carlyle’s Reminiscences
E.2: Times of George Eliot (Temporality VII) Chair:
Derek Ball George Eliot’s Use of Time and Speed
M Hoffman Romola’s Distant Past and Eliot’s Age of Uncertainty
Gareth Hadyk-DeLodder Lost Worlds, Lost Times: Nostalgic Appropriations in the Paratexts of George Eliot and Charles Kingsley
E.3: Ideologies of Change (Temporality VIII) Chair:
Michael Davis Evolution, Identity and Agency in The Egoist`
Stephane Guy Graham Wallas’ Socialism and the Issue of Historic Necessity
J Waugh Robert FitzRoy’s ‘Remarks with Reference to the Deluge’, Geological Ages and the ‘Young Reader’.
E.4: Ageing (Life Cycle VII) Chair:
A.G. Tait Old Age, Ageing, and the Second Life of Thomas Hardy
C Ichikawa The Aged Body and Sexuality in Arabella Kenealy’s Works
S. Parker ‘O Time-worn Woman’: Female Aesthete’s Portraits of Ageing
E.5: Growing up Well (Life-Cycle VIII) Chair:
Rebecca Barnes Growing up Computer in the 19th Century: Computational Models of Child Development in Charles Babbage’s Passages from the Life of a Philosopher
Erin Johnson-Hill Mobilities of Ageing: Victorian Music Education and Youthful Physicality
Alice Crossley Male Adolescence and Conduct Literature in George Meredith’s Fiction
E.6: Victorian Medievalism (Historical Appropriations VIII) Chair:
Kristina McClendon Cultivating a National Narrative: Queen Victoria, Undine, and Britain’s Anglo-Saxon Past
K Lister Age of Empire: The Medievalism of Louisa Stuart Costello
Odile Boucher Rivalain ‘Today’: Past and Present in the Definition of the Victorian Age in the Architectural Debates of the Early and Mid-Victorian Period
E.7: The Making of the Modern Woman (Periodization VIII) Chair:
Susie Steinbach Surviving Heartbreak: Young Women and Resilience in Some Late 19th-Century Breach of Promise Cases
Emma Liggins On the Border: Lesbianism and Hysteria in fin-de-siècle fiction
Kali Israel Remembering ‘Being Modern’ in Early 20th-Century Edinburgh

3:30 – 4:00 Refreshment Break

Panel Session F (Friday 28th 4-5pm)

F.1: Time and Experience (Temporality IX) Chair:
Philipp Erchinger Experimental Passages: Experience, Time and Eliot’s The Spanish Gypsy
Richard Salmon Illustrations of Time: Thackeray, Cruikshank and The Comic Almanack
F.2: Crossing the Bar (Temporality X) Chair:
Bethan Carney Time’s Inheritance in Charles Dickens’s Christmas Books and F.D. Maurice’s ‘On Eternal Life and Eternal Death’
Ben Moore Unlimited Liability Across the Generations in Little Dorrit
F.3: Dead on Time (Life-Cycle IX) Chair:
Vicky Holmes Life and Death in the Victorian Bed
Helen Goodman Mourning Masculinities: Death, Dickens and Pathological Melancholia
F.4: Appropriating Ancient Egypt (Historical Appropriations IX) Chair:
Eleanor Dobson Deciphering the City: Modern London and Ancient Egypt
David Gange Books of the Dead: Placing Death in Time in the 1890s
F.5: Periodizing the Pre-Raphaelites (Periodization IX) Chair:
Amelia Yeates Pre-Raphaelitism and Periodization
Jordan Kistler What’s in a name? The Pre-Raphaelitism of the 1870s
F.6: Oscar Wilde is out of Time (Periodization X) Chair:
Haythem Bastawy Oscar Wilde: A Victorian Sage in a Modern Age
Nazia Parveen Oscar Wilde and Plato
F.7: Imperial Ages (Periodization XI) Chair:
Cole Wehrle Empire’s Narrative Clockwork: Imagining the Global in Thackeray’s The Newcomes
Rachel Dickinson ‘In a Time that is full of deadly realities’: Empires Past and Present, 1850-51

Transport to Leeds for Reception/Musical Event (Friday 29th, 5pm) 

5.30-6.30 Reception: 15th Birthday of BAVS (School of Music, Leeds)

6.30-7.30 Musical Event (School of Music, Leeds)

7.30 Transport back to LTU for all delegates

8:00 Conference Dinner

9:00 onwards Bar open


Saturday 29th August

7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast

From 8:30 Registration

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary Lecture

Professor Martin Hewitt, University of Huddersfield: ‘’Victorian Generations’


10:00 – 10:45 Refreshment Break

10:45-12:15 Panel Session G

G.1: Time and Eternity (Temporality XI) Chair:
Susie Paskins Time and Eternity in Kipling’s ‘The Bridge Builders’
Sally-Anne Huxtable House Beautiful: Time, Eternity and Evolution in the Work of Walter Pater and Phoebe Anna Traquair.
Howard Carlton Time, space and span of control: how could a Victorian astronomer locate a personal God in an expanding universe?
G.2: Repetition and Disruption (Temporality XII) Chair:
Sabrina Gilchrist Charting Time Through Narration in The Woman in White
Roger Ebbatson Nietzschean Recurrence in Hardy’s Poetry
Jack Sullivan Temporality, the moment and murder in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Daniel Deronda.
G.3: Ahead and Behind Time: Precocity and Backwardness (Life-Cycle X) Chair:
Rebecca N. Mitchell Industry and Idleness: Precocious Genius in the Victorian Era
Roisín McCloskey Children and Language in Victorian Child Psychology and Children’s Literature
Hannah Field Illustrious Dunces
G.4: Modelling Childhood (Life-Cycle XI) Chair:
B Moniez Heroes of the Past in Victorian Times
A Selleri Swinburne and Boyhood
Chloé Holland Ellen Wood’s Gendered Representations of Children
G.5: Rewriting Dickens in a Post-Dickensian Age (Historical Appropriations X) Chair:
Pete Orford Imitating the Inimitable: Writing a Dickensian Ending for Edwin Drood
Emily Bowles From Charles Dickens’s Character to the Characteristically Dickensian
Maureen England Dolly Varden: Character and Cultural Memory in Dickens’
G.6: Moving to Modernity (Periodization XII) Chair:
Duncan Marks Through the Years: The Use of Rhythmical Calendar Ellipsis in Literary Depictions of Victorians and their Progeny in the Age of Anti-Victorianism, c.1910-39
Carolyn Burdett Victorian Sympathy versus Modernist Empathy?
Linda Dryden The Inheritors: Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, and H.G. Wells’s Conflicting Responses to the Victorian Age
G.7:  Documenting Place and Time (Periodization XIII) Chair:
Joanna Robinson Fictionalising the Archive: Expressing Time through Reader-Response
Mhairi Morrison Thomas Hardy’s Approach to History in The Trumpet-Major
J Franklin The Lover and the Teacher: Normative Development in Love and Mr Lewisham

12.15-12.30 Short Break

12.30-1.30 President’s Roundtable on Periodisation

Chair: Professor Rohan McWilliam, Anglia Ruskin University

 Packed Lunch (available from 1.30pm)

Departure for optional fieldtrip to Bronte Parsonage Museum from 2pm (not included in conference fee).


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