Victorian Medievalisms: Speculum Societatis—A Mirror for Society

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BemidjiState University British Studies

The Victorian Age in many ways looked back to the medieval period as a time that was more stable, that embodied ideals to be emulated in the modern world, for examples of sound leadership, orthodox belief and faith, and divinely ordained social structures. These medievalisms took many forms, including Alfredian celebrations, interest in Arthurian romances, neo-Gothic architecture, reforms in the Church, Pre-Raphaelite paintings of knights and ladies, and Count Dracula. The medieval in all its forms was shaped into a mirror by which the Victorians both escaped their own world but also harnessed the old to help form the new world of the 19th century.

We invite papers for a one-day conference at Bemidji State University on April 1, 2011 on any aspect of Victorian Medievalism, and how such medievalism(s) functioned in Victorian society. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent to the organizers by Feb. 15, 2011 at:

Dr. Susan Cook ( or Dr. Larry Swain (
English Department
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr NE #23
Bemidji, MN 56601

Final papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please include in your abstract any technological needs.