CFP: [Graduate] Century's End: Re-Evaluating Literature, Art and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (1880-1914)

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Beth Rodgers
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Century's End

Re-Evaluating Literature, Art and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (1880-1914)

12 & 13 September 2008

A two-day interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted by the School
of English at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
• Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University, New Jersey).
Title: '"The hour of pink twilight": looking queerly at women on the fin-
de-siècle London street'
• Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of
London). Title: tbc

The collisions between old and new, high and low that characterize the
Victorian fin de siècle mark it as a volatile period fraught with both a
sense of anxiety and of real possibility. This was also an era of new
advances and formations: the New Woman, the New Journalism, the New
Imperialism, new technologies and the new sciences of psychology, sexology
and eugenics.

This conference will bring together research students from a range of
disciplines exploring new developments in, and approaches to, the study of
the fin-de-siècle literary, cultural and social landscape. This will be a
unique opportunity to engender a working relationship between emerging fin-
de-siècle scholars from a variety of research institutions from across the
UK, Ireland and further afield.

Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Literary marketplaces
• The New Woman
• Periodical culture
• Illustration and visual media
• Genre fiction – including horror, crime fiction and sci-fi
• History of art
• Mass readerships
• Notions of high and low culture
• Children’s literature
• Anxieties about the urban
• Degeneration and race
• Space and time
• Decadence and avant-garde culture
• Queer theory and emergent gay culture
• Literature and science
• Empire and nationality

We are delighted to be able to offer two international student bursaries.
Please see our website for further details:

Please send abstracts of 200-400 words for 20 minute papers plus brief
biographical details to Clare Clarke, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers at by 20th June 2008.

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