CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900

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Dr Greta Depledge
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Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900
10-12 September 2009
at the Institute for English Studies, Senate House, University of London.
Supported by the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, Birkbeck College

Keynote speakers include Professor Pamela Gilbert
In 1899 the Daily Telegraph published a list of the 100 Best Novels in the
World, a list that included works by a number of Victorian popular
novelists: Ainsworth, Besant & Rice, Braddon, Collins, George Lawrence,
Lever, Ouida, Reade and Mrs Henry Wood. Little more than a century on,
several of these writers have re-established themselves within the canon
while others are the subject of increasing scholarly interest. This
conference will reflect upon recent developments, such as digitization and
new academic reprints, and assess their impact upon research and teaching
practices. It also marks the launch of the Victorian Popular Fiction
Association which aims to foster research in this field through regular
seminars and conferences.
We invite proposals for 20 minute research papers addressing any aspect of
the work of popular novelists â€" female and male - from the second half of
the nineteenth century. We would like to draw attention to the work of a
wide range of popular writers from this period, those as yet
under-researched, and also writers who already command a wealth of academic
attention. Writers of particular interest include Florence Marryat, Ouida,
Mrs Henry Wood, Charles Reade, Marie Corelli, Rhoda Broughton. But the
conference will also devote attention to popular novelists with a well
established academic following such as Wilkie Collins and Mary Elizabeth
Braddon, amongst others. Topics may include but are not limited to:
Popular novelists and â€"
• Sensation fiction and the Periodical Press
• Journalism
• The Literary Establishment
• Breaking in to the Canon
• Travel
• Science and Spiritualism
• The Stage
• American, Colonial and European Readerships
• Theatrical and Cinematic Adaptations
• Teaching and Research Methodologies
Postgraduate students are particularly welcome.
Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to either Jane Jordan
( or Greta Depledge ( by Thursday
2 April 2009.

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