CFP: [Victorian] âCenturyâs Endâ: Re-Evaluating Literature and the Arts at the Fin De Siecle

full name / name of organization: 
clare clarke
contact email: 

‘Century’s End’: Re-Evaluating Literature and the Arts
at the Fin de Siècle
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 â€" 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.
Details to follow.

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.

 From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List
             more information at
Received on Fri May 02 2008 - 13:07:10 EDT