Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference

Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference
Date
19 Jul 2017, 10:00 to 21 Jul 2017, 18:00
Type
Conference / Symposium
Venue
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough)
  • Mary Hammond (Southampton)
  • Catherine Wynne (Hull)

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is dedicated to fostering interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, and to facilitating the production of publishable research and academic collaborations amongst scholars of the popular. Our annual conference is integral to this aim and brings together academics with interests in Victorian popular writing, culture and contexts. The conference has a reputation for offering a friendly and invigorating opportunity for academics at all levels of their careers, including postgraduate students, to meet, connect, and share their current research.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Textual travel: syndication (national and international), railway bookstalls, Mudie’s boxes, international/colonial editions (Tauchnitz), international copyright, piracy, serial publication / triple decker / single volume
  • Genre crossings: Realism, melodrama, sensation, detective, adventure, science and speculative fiction, fiction/non-fiction, high to low brow
  • Forms of communication: verbal, technological (telegraphs), written, epistemological, spiritualism, telepathy, mesmerism
  • Translation: languages, adaptation, cultural adaptation, Neo-Victorianism, intertextuality, metatextuality
  • Migration: transportation, immigration, expatriotism, diaspora, empire, race and colonialism, slave narratives, agency, freedom, dislocation
  • Tourism: Grand Tours, leisure cruise ships (P&O), watering holes, accommodation, sanatoriums, travel writing, holiday reading, the seaside, cosmopolitanism
  • Trade and commerce: money, speculation, business, postal service
  • Crossing boundaries: North and South, border controls, diplomatic exchanges, Europe, America, globally
  • Transport: trains, trams, buses, ships, bicycles, carriages, on foot (flâneur, voyeur)
  • Travel plans: maps, cartography, Bradshaw’s Guides, packing, travel diaries
  • Religious movements: pilgrimage, religious processions
  • Communication between the classes: class mobility, exploring other classes (Dickens, Mayhew, etc), reform literature
  • Communication between genders: Romance literature, secrets and lies, miscommunication
  • Education and transmission of knowledge: lectures, Working Men’s Clubs, conduct literature, temperance movement, pedagogical approaches, journalism, exposés
  • Movement and performance: travelling fairs, the circus, touring theatrical companies, cross dressing
  • Travels in time, space and place: histories, time travel, reincarnation, transmigration, space travel, journeys to the centre of the earth
  • Life stages: birth, ageing, death, crossroads, mobility and immobility
  • Digital humanities: travel and space intersections, network analysis, flow modelling, GIS-based research

REGISTRATION

There are several registration options below. Please book your ticket depending on whether or not you wish to join the optional £15 dinner in Senate House. 

  • £80 Standard rate (no dinner)
  • £95 Standard rate (with dinner)
  • £65 Concessions rate (Students / retired / unwaged; no dinner)
  • £80 Concessions rate (Students / retired / unwaged; with dinner)

Please click the BOOK NOW button below to register.


Unless stated otherwise, all our events are free of charge and anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend. Registration is required for all events. Please sign up using the booking form below.

Contact

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