Victorian Sensation Fiction at the <em>Fin de Siecle</em>

full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email: 
blavin@optonline.net

This panel will examine the ways in which Victorian Sensation Fiction interacted with Modernity. We will ask: How did the genre anticipate and respond to late 19th century Parliamentary activity? In what ways did sensation fiction challenge or reflect evolving ideas about gender and identity? Panelists will interrogate sensation fiction’s relationship to art and aestheticism movements, advances in technologies including “iron horses,” commercial culture, and Modernity’s historical and political events, including Britain’s empire project. We will discuss the ways in which sensation fiction seeded later literary movements such as the “New Woman” novels.

Panel participants should examine specific text(s) that demonstrate literary, historic and cultural links between Sensation Fiction and Modernity (for example: changing gender roles, commercial culture, technology, the arts and the Empire project). 500 word Abstract/bio by 9/30 to Sophie Lavin, NeMLA Women’s Caucus Rep, SUNY Stony Brook: blavin@optonline.net. Abstracts that explore underrepresented texts and/or authors are especially encouraged.

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