After Dickens: A Two-Day Conference 2-3 Dec 2016

deadline for submissions: 
July 18, 2016
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University of York
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After Dickens
Keynote Speakers: Professor Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster University) and Professor Juliet John (Royal Holloway)

With a performance of ‘Fagin’s Last Hour’ by James Hyland and post-show talk.

G. K. Chesterton’s seminal study of Charles Dickens, published in 1906, ends with ‘A Note on the Future of Dickens’. Chesterton closes this chapter with the enigmatic promise of meeting Dickens – and his characters – in “the tavern at the end of the world”. At a threshold moment for Dickens studies, Chesterton is not only looking back to find Dickens, he is also looking forward.

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have continued this work to ‘find’ Dickens and recapture the characteristically Dickensian. From research into Dickens’s lasting influence and popularity to the wider public’s engagement with Dickensian literary tourism and a century of film adaptations, the Inimitable’s legacy has come to encompass both conventional and innovative forms – the most recent being the BBC’s Dickensian TV series, with its new lives for well-loved characters outside of the author’s imagination.This two-day conference aims to bring together new research into Dickens’s afterlife and legacy, from his influence on Victorian literature, social reform and literary criticism to biographies, reminiscences and reimaginings in the twentieth century and beyond.

Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):

  • Neo-)Victorian imitations, resonances and plagiarism;
  • Dickensian adaptations;
  • Dickens’s influence on the periodical press and literary forms;
  • Dickensian biography and life writing;
  • Dickens and Modernism;
  • Dickens in literary criticism;
  • Dickens's influence on his contemporaries;
  • Dickens in politics and social reform;
  • Dickens and the Digital Humanities;
  • The future of Dickens Studies.

300-word proposals for papers of 20 minutes, or 500-word proposals for panels of three papers, should be sent to emily.bowles@york.ac.uk by 18 July 2016 with a short biographical note (no more than 150 words). Following the conference there will be a call for articles for an After Dickens edited collection.

For more information, see afterdickens.wordpress.com.