Panel on Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World, 3-6 January 2016, Athens, Greece

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The Arts and Humanities Research Division (AHRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) is organizing a Panel on Neo-Victorian Fiction: Excavating the Bygone in the Modern World which will be held in Athens, Greece on 3-6 January 2016. In the past, the five research units of AHRD have organized 50 annual international conferences on history, philosophy, literature, linguistics, languages, as well as the visual and performing arts. The aim of the conference session lies in discussing the significance of recollecting the Victorian literary past in the present-day fiction by means of diversified historical narratives.
Moreover, other topics are welcome (but are not confined to):
• The notion of historical fiction: history in neo-Victorian texts
• The idea behind the revival of the Victorian past
• Neo-Victorian fiction and the process of historical recollection
• Is neo-Victorian fiction always "historical"?
• Victorian morality and social standards introduced in the modern literary context - (is it valid?)
• "Readerly communities" – reading habits as the nexus between the Victorians and us
• Neo-, retro- or post-Victorian fiction – proliferation of terms and their significance
• "Reviving the ghosts:" nostalgia and longing for the past in neo-Victorian fiction
• Neo-Victorian biographies
• The relations between the author and the reader in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
• Neo-Victorian prequels/sequels to the Victorian texts and their significance in the study of the literary past
• The notion of Bildunsgroman in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
• The notion of "gentleman" in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
• Women as protagonists in neo-Victorian fiction
• Class-consciousness as presented in the Victorian and neo-Victorian texts
• The idea of the "Victorian values" and their use/misuse in the modern literary discourse and historical narratives
• The marginalised voices in neo-Victorian texts
Fee structure information is available on
Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at
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