CFP: [Victorian] Florence Marryat and Popular Women Novelists 1860-1900

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Tatiana Kontou
contact email: 
T.Kontou@sussex.ac.uk

Florence Marryat and Popular Women Novelists 1860-1900
 A One Day Conference – 24th November 2007

This conference seeks to draw attention to the life and work of Florence
Marryat (1837-1899) — a fascinating yet now largely marginalised figure of
nineteenth-century literature and culture and other popular women
novelists from the second half of the nineteenth century. Besides her
activities as an avid spiritualist, Marryat was a prolific novelist, an
editor for the London Society magazine from 1872-1876, an actress, a
dramatist, a public orator, a wife, a mother and a woman who enjoyed great
popularity not only in Britain but also in the United States. Moreover,
her novels and spirit books were translated into French, German, Polish
and Greek — a fact which clearly demonstrates Marryat’s success and
marketability across fin-de-siècle Europe. Although her contemporaries,
authors and editors such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ouida, Marie Corelli
and Ellen Wood, have attracted major academic interest in the past two
decades, Marryat remains unfairly obscure. This one-day symposium seeks
to address Marryat’s multi-faceted career across a wide range of Victorian
disciplines.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

â–º Marryat and spiritualism

â–º Marryat and the London Society

â–º Marryat on the Stage and/or behind the Scenes

â–º Marryat and sensation fiction

â–º Marryat and social change

â–º Marryat and her contemporaries

â–º Marryat and India

Keynote speaker: Professor Kate Newey.
Postgraduate students are particularly welcome.
Conference fee: 30GBP Postgraduate fee: 20GBP
Fee includes tea/coffee and post-conference wine reception.
Please send abstracts of no more that 200 words to either Greta Depledge
or Tatiana Kontou by Monday 3rd September 2007.
For further details and a booking form contact:
Greta Depledge: depledgeg_at_aol.com
Tatiana Kontou: T.Kontou_at_sussex.ac.uk

To be held at the Institute for English Studies, Senate House, Malet
Street, London WC1

This conference is supported by the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies,
Birkbeck.

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