Challenger Unbound: a one-day symposium on Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger narratives
9 December 2013
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London
A century has passed since the publication of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. This one-day symposium offers an ideal opportunity to take stock of the Professor Challenger narratives and to reassess what these three novels and two short stories can offer to new generations of scholars, students, and enthusiasts.
Introduction: Professor John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature, University College London
Professor Ian Duncan: Professor and Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, University of California Berkeley
Professor Michael Saler, Professor of History, University of California, Davis
Professor Jeremy Tambling, Professor of Literature, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester
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Welcome & introduction: Professor John Sutherland (UCL)
Panel 1: Challenger and Contemporary Theories
Panel 2: Challenger and Genre
Keynote 1: Professor Michael Saler (UC Davis)
“From Ironic Belief to Certain Knowledge: Challenger as Conan Doyle’s Doppelganger”
Panel 3: Challenger and Fiction
Panel 4: Challenger and Doubt
Keynote 2: Professor Jeremy Tambling (Manchester)
"Doyle, Freud, and Professor Challenger: Civilization and its Missing Links"
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Professor Philip Schofield (UCL)
Introduction to Jeremy Bentham
Tour of the UCL Art Museum
Keynote 3: Professor Ian Duncan (UC Berkeley):
"Blank Spaces in the Map: Conan Doyle's Poetics of the Unknown"
Catherine Cooke (Westminster Reference Library): "Exploring the Lost World: Dinosaurs Captured on Film".
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