Commemorating Corelli: A Centenary Conference

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham) & Joanna Turner (Loughborough University)

Commemorating Corelli: A Centenary Conference

4 May 2024, Mason Croft, Stratford upon Avon

We are delighted to announce a one-day conference dedicated to exploring the life, works, and lasting impact of the enigmatic and prolific author, Marie Corelli, to be held in 2024, a century after her death. This event - to be held at Corellli's former home, Mason Croft in Stratford upon Avon - seeks to bring together scholars and enthusiasts to shed new light on the literary contributions and enduring legacy of one of the most successful writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations that explore various aspects of Marie Corelli's life, works, and cultural significance. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • The reception of and critical response to Corelli's work in her time and subsequently 
  • Corelli’s social circles and their politics 
  • Corelli and her literary contemporaries
  • Corelli’s non-fiction 
  • Genre and form 
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Race and ethnicity 
  • Space, place, and geographies 
  • The natural world 
  • Spiritual, mystical, and occult elements in Corelli's writings 
  • Corelli’s global reach and impact on diverse literary cultures 
  • Film adaptations of Corelli’s works

Interested participants are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for consideration, along with a brief biography of up to 100 words, via email to by 1 February 2024.  

Conference organisers
Dr Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham)
Joanna Turner (Loughborough University)