CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Institute 2008: Disrupting Victorian Studies

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Patrick Scott
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Disrupting Victorian Studies: Inconvenient Facts, Shocking Discoveries,
Surprising Events, Forgotten Voices, Unknown Writings, Mangled Texts

University of South Carolina, Columbia
October 3-4, 2008

What would Victorian studies be like if we took seriously the discoveries
that don't fit in? Most active Victorianists come across in their research
inconvenient facts, haunting or strange incidents or people or texts that,
if taken seriously, would disrupt or complicate the versions of
Victorianism that we, our colleagues, editors or students have come to
expect. We invite proposals for 20 minute papers that report such
disruptive discoveries, on any author or on any aspect of Victorian
culture, and then briefly relate in what ways the discovery upsets
conventional professional expectations. Papers might focus on some
specific but unanticipated Victorian oddity, strangeness, quirk, scandal,
or outrage; some unknown or little-known piece of writing by an author we
all know too well; some long-ignored writer; or some long misprinted or
misread passage or text.

Proposals (2 page maximum) should include proposer's name, proposed title,
1-2 page abstract, 2-3 line bio note, and contact information. Proposals
may be sent by July 30, 2008, to Patrick Scott, Department of English,
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 or (preferably) emailed to

This year's keynote speaker will be Ian Duncan (Berkeley, whose books
include Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel,Scott's Shadow, etc
etc. The 2008 planning committee includes Patrick Scott, William B.
Thesing, Anthony Jarrells, and Rebecca Stern. The Institute is hosted by
the University of South Carolina's flagship campus, in Columbia, the state
capital, and is cosponsored by the Department of English and Thomas Cooper
Library. Most events (beginning midday on Friday October 3 and concluding
about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday October 4) will be held in Thomas Cooper
Library. A block of rooms has been reserved at the recently-renovated
Courtyard by Marriott, 630 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201, close by
the library. To get the conference rate, book before September 3 and say
you are attending the Victorians Institute ( or tel:
1-803-799-7800). Columbia is at the intersection of I-20, I-77, and I-26,
and Columbia Metropolitan Airport has direct flights from many major
cities, as well as connections through Charlotte and Atlanta.

Founded in 1971, and sponsoring its own journal since 1972, the Victorians
Institute has grown into a major annual forum for Victorian studies,
attracting participants not only from its original home region in the
mid-Atlantic and south-east, but nationally and internationally. For
further information, see

Deadline for proposals: July 30, 2008
Contact for proposals:

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