CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Literature Conference: Bodies and Things

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Katharina Boehm


Bodies and Things: Victorian Literature and the Matter of Culture, 27
September 2008, University of Oxford

The question of materiality has a special affinity with Victorian texts.
Notoriously full of the rich trappings of material culture, novels, poems
and plays from the period approach the physical world with both fascination
and anxiety. Recent critical developments such as the emergence of thing
theory have challenged the terms on which the material world can be
encountered in literature and Victorian texts in particular. But how do
these new theories account for the question of the human body? This
conference aims to explore how contemporary notions of the physical self
affected the relationship the Victorians had with the material world. Could
these encounters help to illuminate the ways in which bodies and things
were thought about and understood in the period?

Plenary speakers: Isobel Armstrong, Cora Kaplan, Elaine Freedgood

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Material culture and consumption; the formalization of the sciences; work
and machinery; gender and sexuality; museums, galleries and exhibitions;
eating, food and taste; the theatre; empire and colonialism.

Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words in length, including your
name, institutional affiliation and position to
Deadline for submission: 1 May 2008.

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