The Other Dickens: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Contexts ( 6-8 July 2012)

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Patricia Pulham (University of Portsmouth, UK)

Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth

Keynote Speakers: Professor Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt University), Professor Ann Heilmann (University of Hull), Professor Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary, University of London), Professor Lillian Nayder (Bates College) and Professor Gail Turley-Houston (University of New Mexico)

'The Other Dickens: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Contexts' is an interdisciplinary conference which will form part of Portsmouth's bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's birth in the city on 7 February 1812. We invite scholars working in the fields of literature, film, history, cultural and media studies to consider the other Dickens – those aspects of Dickens (both of his life and work) that remain relatively unexplored, or require re-evaluation. Conference participants will be asked to challenge popular perceptions of Victorian Dickens and to explore his cultural impact on new genres and technologies. Papers will be selected with these criteria in mind and possible topics may include:

• Dickens and journalism
• Dickens and performance
• Dickens and the internet
• Dickens and adaptation
• Dickens and biography
• Dickens and biofiction
• Neo-Victorian Dickens
• Dickens as a character in fiction, film and TV
• Postcolonial Dickens
• Dickens's family in fiction and biography

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a brief biographical note listing your affiliation, to:
The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2012

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