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

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clare clarke
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‘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 – 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.

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