CFP: Victorian Binaries: The Beautiful & the Ugly (grad) (UK) (9/6/06; 10/21/06)

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Rhian Williams

Victorian Binaries: The Beautiful and The Ugly

Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar

Postgraduate Conference

In association with the Birmingham Midlands Institute;

Sponsored by British Association for Victorian Studies & University
of Birmingham, School of Humanities

21 October 2006

Keynote speaker: Professor Barrie Bullen

The Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminars are held
regularly in Birmingham, UK as a research forum for academics working
in the Victorian period. This study day will be a special session of
MIVSS at which we invite the postgraduate community to explore
notions of beauty and ugliness in Victorian culture.

We will host three panels, each featuring two twenty-minute papers.
The panels will be scheduled across the day, including a lunch break
and plenary session. We hope that the day will be as much about
discussion as presentation, so postgraduates who do not wish to
present a paper are encouraged to attend.

Call for Papers: We encourage a broad, interdisciplinary
interpretation of the title, and invite considerations that can
include, but are not limited to, Victorian conceptions of:

Aestheticism * The Body and the Soul * Virtue * Sinfulness * Artifice
* Cosmetics & Fashion * Literary Form * Utility *
Eroticism * Gender, including Effeminacy, Androgyny &
Stereotyping * Morality * Religion * Eugenics * Exoticism *
Ekphrasis, or physical response to visual stimuli * The Artist * The
Critic * Gothicism * Popular Fiction * The Singer * The Spectator &
the Gaze * The Beautiful House * The Urban & the Rural * The
Beautiful Corpse * Taste * Deformity & Disease * The Prostitute * The
Actress & Stage Beauties * The Bluestocking * Plainness * The Dandy *
Monstrosity * Musicality

250-word proposals for 20-minute papers to be submitted to by September 6 2006

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