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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 illuminate the ways in which bodies and things were
thought about and understood in the period?
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Material culture and consumption; museums, galleries and exhibitions; the
formalization of the sciences; work and machinery; gender and sexuality;
the theatre; empire and colonialism
Proposals are invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Please send an
abstract of no more than 200 words in length, including your name,
institutional affiliation and position to elbodies_at_herald.ox.ac.uk.
Deadline for submission: 1 May 2008.
Plenary speakers: Isobel Armstrong, Cora Kaplan, Elaine Freedgood
Accommodation: A number of rooms will be available for delegates at nearby
Mansfield College on the day of the conference and also the night before.
For further information and updates about accommodation and more please
visit our website: bodiesandthings.org
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