Re-Orienting Victorian Studies, 25-27 June 2010, Singapore

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Re-Orienting Victorian Studies
25-27 June 2010
Keynote speaker:
Talia Schaffer (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

The next annual conference of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA) will take place on 25-27 June 2010 in Singapore, hosted by the Centre of the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) and the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University.
To mark this move to Asia, the theme of the conference held in 2010 will be “Re-Orienting the Victorians.” This “re-orientation” is intended to comprise any form of reformulation or re-conceptualisation of the field and its analysis, inviting redirections beyond geographical extensions of the long nineteenth century.

Keynote Speaker:

Talia Schaffer is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (2006); an edition of Lucas Malet’s 1901 novel The History of Sir Richard Calmady (2004); The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (2001); and Women and British Aestheticism (1999), co-edited with Kathy A. Psomiades. She has published widely on late-Victorian noncanonical novels, women’s writing, and material culture. Her book in progress analyses the Victorian domestic handicraft as a model for mid-Victorian realism.

We invite submissions of papers covering the full range of possible meanings of a “re-orienting” of Victorian studies, including, but not limited to
- Reconsidering “the long nineteenth century”
- Directions and re-directions in literary culture
- Disoriented Victorians
- Being undirected, redirected, unsettled, resettled, or otherwise disturbed in Victorian literature
- The orientations of the Victorian home / family
- Literary, cultural, social, and geographical orientations, including the Victorians’ “Orient” reconsidered
- Travel, emigration, settlement, and returns
- new and redirected forms in Victorian literature, art, and culture
- reworking/rewriting/reorienting traditions in Victorian concepts of history, the arts, literature, and social practices (e.g. folklore, neo-medievalism, archaeology, &c.)
- the orientations of Victorian realism, sensationalism, &c., including Gothic re-orientations of form
- re-orienting the canon and the different orientations in traditional and new recovery work
- re-orienting the Victorians and their literary legacies in neo-Victorian film and fiction
Those interested in proposing 20-minute papers or full panels (of three speakers, plus a chair) should submit 500-word abstracts and a 200-word bio by 1 February 2010 through the following website at

Full details about the conference will also be posted on the website. Note that information about travel grants available (competitively) to postgraduate students is already available there.

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