Victorian Animals

deadline for submissions: 
November 18, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Victorian Popular Fiction Association
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Victorian Animals

 Victorian Popular Fiction Association and Liverpool John Moores University Study Day

 Saturday 18th November 2017

 Aldham Roberts Library, Liverpool John Moores University


9.30 – 10.00: Registration and Welcome

10.00 – 11.15: Hands on Workshop with LJMU’s 19th-Century Special Collections archive, periodicals and digitised materials

11.15 – 11.30: Refreshment Break (included)

11.30 – 1.00: Panel 1 – ‘Victorian Cats and Dogs’

Chair: Helena Ifill

Amber Regis: ‘Writing the Unreasoning Victorian Animal: Lucy Thornton’s The Story of a Poodle (1889)’

Christopher Pittard: ‘Her Dog’s Voice: Wilkie Collins, My Lady’s Money, and Rabies’

Nickianne Moody: ‘The Vicissitudes of Victorian Cats in The Cottager and Artisan

1.00 – 2.00: Lunch (included) with Exhibition Viewing

2.00 – 3.30: Panel 2 – ‘Victorian Beasts and Animalistic Behaviour’

Chair: Nickianne Moody

Jo Knowles: ‘Donkeys in the Background: Representing the Beasts of Burden in 19th-Century Periodicals’

Janine Hatter: ‘The Theatre of Sudden Death: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Circus Lions’

Monika Holder: ‘Animal Imagery in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Prose Fiction’

3.30 - 4.30: Keynote – Steven Gray (University of Portsmouth): ‘A Menagerie Afloat: Naval Animals and the Exotic Imagination at the Turn of the Twentieth Century’

Chair: Chris Pittard

4.30: Close

5.00: Conference Dinner at a local restaurant TBC