Framing the Victorians: 1830s / 1890s
Victorians Institute Meeting October 15-16 1999
Friday, 15 October
Registration -- Hibbs Bldg, Room 307--beginning at 2:00 p.m.
2:30-4:00 Session 1 (Hibbs 303) "1890s"
Moderator: Elisabeth Gruner, University of Richmond
4:05-5:35 Session 2 (Hibbs 303) "Fiction in the 1830s"
- "Wilde Framing the Victorians/The Victorians Framing Wilde." Chris Foss, Mary Washington College.
- "The Celtic 1890s: Perspectives on the Historicism of the Revivalist Generation." Katy Plowright, Exeter College, Oxford.
- "Interrogating Boundaries: Wagner, Romanticism, and the Literature of the 1890s." Grace Kehler, McMaster University, Ontario.
- "The Filial Relationships of the 1890s: New Woman Sisters and Their Brothers." Barbara Denham, University of Florida.
Moderator: Michael Wolff, University of Massachusetts
- "Seaworthy Victorians: The Nautical Novel and Early Victorian Attitudes to Race and Empire." John R. Reed, Wayne State University.
- "A Crisis of Form in Newgate Novels and the Advent of Detective Fiction." Jonathan H. Grossman, University of Delaware.
- "'A Book of the Trap Kind:' Harriet Martineau's Camouflage of Realism." Eleanor Courtemanche, Macalester College.
- "'The Progress of Destruction': Reading the Volcano in The Last Days of Pompeii." Jane Weiss, Hunter College of CUNY.
Dinner (on your own)
7:00 - 8:00 Reception (refreshments as they say in Glasgow) -- Hibbs 307
8:00 Film "The Importance of Being Earnest"-- Hibbs 303
Saturday, 16 October
Registration begins at 8:00 in the Meeting Center -- with coffee and
8:30 - 9:40 Session 3-A "New Woman"
Moderator: Michelle Mouton: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Session 3-B "Technology"
- "Mesmerism and Women in Late Victorian Popular Fiction (with particular emphasis on the Femme Fatale), 1885-1905." Buff Huntley.
- "Writing the New Wollstonecraft: New Woman Resurrections of a Fallen Heroine." Roxanne Eberle, University of Georgia.
- "Maternal Responsibility: The Conflict of Feminism and Eugenics in
the New Woman Novel." Aselda Thompson, University of Pennsylvania.
9:45 - 10:55 Session 4-A "Women"
- "Tinklers and Time Machines: Time-Travel in the Social Fantasy of E. Nesbit and H. G. Wells." Cathrine Frank, George Washington University.
- "Sound Bites: Browning, Tennyson, Stoker, and the Victorian Phonograph," John Picker, University of Virginia.
- "The Criminal In-Visible: Image-as-Evidence in Nineteenth-Century England." Samuel Gladden, Virginia State University.
Moderator: Susan Barstow, University of Virginia
Session 4-B "Cultures"
- "From Christian Lady to New Woman: Changing Images of Femininity in the Popular Press of the 1830s and 1890s." F. Elizabeth Gray, University of Virginia.
- "In the Dairy: Constructing Maternity, Constructing Female
Violence in Victorian Fictions 1830-1891." Alicia Carroll, Auburn University.
- "'Little Works' and Big Ideas: Visually Framing Feminist Theologies in Late Victorian Religious Texts." Robert Kachur, Western Maryland College.
Moderator: Monika Brown, UNC-Pembroke
11:00 -12:10 Session 5-A "Visual"
Moderator: Beverly Taylor, UNC-Chapel Hill
- "Material Tributes: Trilby and the 1890s Consumer Culture." Aviva Briefel, Harvard University
- "From the Marketplace of Ideas to the Culture Industry: Mill in the '30s/Gissing in the '90s." Richard Menke, Stanford University.
- "Eroticism, Morality, Citizenship: The Emergence of Lifestyle from Carlyle to Wilde." Eric Clarke, University of Pittsburgh.
Session 5-B "Boys"
- "Framing the Art Gallery: The Victorians and the Changing Role of Cultural Institutions." Rebecca Jeffrey Easby, Trinity College, Washington.
- "Framing Female Identity: Tennyson's and Hunt's Ladies of Shalott." Susan Hillabold, Purdue University North Central.
- "Cross-Dressing and Cultural Critique: Aubrey Beardsley's Sartorial Obsessions." Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Nipissing University, Ontario.
Moderator: Joseph Sendry, Catholic University
- "A View from Oxbridge: The 'Best and Brightest' in 1830." Jack Kolb, UCLA.
- "The Premature Belatedness of Victorianism's Boyhood: Arthur Hugh Clough and the Rugby Magazine (1835-1837)." Patrick Scott, University of South Carolina.
- "Nation, Empire, and the Crisis of Masculinity: Reading the British Periodical Press, 1898-1900." Richard Higgins, Indiana University.
12:15 - 2:00
LUNCH & BUSINESS MEETING
2:00 - 3:10 Session 6-A "Gay Nineties"
Session 6-B "Poetry of the 1830s"
- "Grave Passions: The Modernist Lesbianism of Charlotte Mew's Graveyard Literature." Dennis Denisoff, University of Waterloo, Ontario.
- "Reframing an 'unmitigated guidebook': Michael Field, Yeats, Berenson, and the Sexual Politics of the Picture-Poem." Robert Fletcher, West Chester University.
- "'Faking It': Ambiguity, Homosexuality, and Anti-theatrical Prejudice in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. "Matthew Rebhorn, Columbia University.
3:15 -4:25 Session 7-A "Public Intellectuals"
- "The Noble Lie of Tennyson's 'Tiresias'." Richard Mallen, University
- "Promethean Choruses: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Shelleyisms'." Margaret Morlier, Mississippi State University.
- "Framing Modern Poetry, c. 1831." Andrew Franta, The Johns Hopkins University.
Moderator: Lowell Frye, Hampden-Sydney College
Session 7-B "1890s"
- "Eliot and the Broad Church Movement." Kenneth Watson, Southern Mississippi University.
- "Discursive Competition in the Victorian Public Sphere: Thomas Carlyle's Chartism." John Plotz, The Johns Hopkins University.
- "Reading Coleridge as a Man of Letters: 1824-1840." William McKelvy, Washington University, St. Louis.
Moderator: Dennis Denisoff, University of Waterloo
- "Executing Judgement: Performative Language in Salome and ŒThe Ballad of the Reading Gaol.¹² David Goslee, University of Tennessee.
- "Decadent Detection: The Fate of Fenella (1891-92) and Mystery for Mystery's Sake." Lillian Nayder, Bates College.
- "You see me, whom you know: Professionals and Self-Reflection in Conrad's Heart of Darkness." Barry J. Faulk, Florida State University.
4:30 - 5:00 Tea at the Meeting Center
5:00 - Keynote Address (Meeting Center)
"The Framers Framed:
Discourse Networks 2000"
John Maynard, New York University.