Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts Programme

February 13, 2015


Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK
 April 18th 2015



Registration 8.30 – 9am

9 – 10.30am

Masculinity, Sensibility and Restraint

Kate Newey, University of Exeter, ‘Melodramatic Masculinity’

Kathleen Hudson, University of Sheffield, ‘ “He Looks Like a Man Who Could Tame Anything”: Count Fosco’s Monstrous Masculinity’

Niyati Sharma, University of Oxford, ‘Professional Men and Insensibility in Collins’ Armadale’



Erin Johnson, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, ‘ “Dead and Buried”: Beauty, Madness, and the Disabled Male Body in Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady and The Guilty River

Julia Courtney, Independent Scholar, ‘ “The Sensation We Feel for an Insect; at One Moment Full of Joyous Vitality, the Next, Crushed and Still”: Guy Morville as a Sensational Man’

Joanne Ella Parsons, Bath Spa University, ‘Brain Fevers and Picnics: Anxious and Ignorant Appetites in Wilkie Collins’ Armadale



Matthew Ingleby, Queen Mary, University of London, ‘Sensational Bloomsbury: Fiction, Bachelordom and the Production of Metropolitan Locality’

Federico Boni, Università degli Studi di Milano, ‘The Monstrous Flâneur: Sensational Male Psychogeographies in Alan Moore’s From Hell

Chiaki Ohashi, University of Warwick, ‘ “Sensational Alliance”: The Risorgimento, Feudalism, and the Aristocratic Identity of Count Fosco in The Woman in White


10.30-11.30 Coffee and Keynote 1:

Andy Smith, University of Sheffield, ‘Minds, Bodies, and Crowds: Dickens and the Death Penalty’


11.30am – 1pm


Medicine and Science

Ann Loveridge, Canterbury Christ Church University, ‘A Room of His Own: The “Masculine” Scientific Abode in the Novels of Florence Marryat and Wilkie Collins’

Helen Thomas, Falmouth University, ‘Nineteenth Century Medics: Disease and “Passing”’

Helena Ifill, University of Sheffield, ‘Wilkie Collins, Armadale and Degeneration’


Queer(ing) Masculinity

Tracy Hayes, The Open University, ‘ “The Obtrusive Memento of a Shadowy Period”: How Androgyny Subverts Patriarchy in Thomas Hardy’s A Laodicean

Shamira Meghani, University of Leeds, ‘Decadence, Orientalism and Queer British Masculinities’

Catherine Charteris, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, ‘ “Fit for Purpose”: Sherlock Holmes, Bachelorhood and the Rise of the Queer Hero’



Matthew Crofts, University of Hull, ‘ “A King is but a Man”: Masculinity and French Revolution Melodramas’

Nigel Kingcome, Falmouth University, ‘Eugen Sandow – The Perfect Man’

Rebecca Lloyd, Falmouth University, ‘A Man of Black and White: George H. Chirgwin’


Generic Interventions

Kym Martindale, Falmouth University, ‘Forms of Fear and Dread and Doom: “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” – Sensations of Crime and Rhyme’

Daniel Brown, University of South Florida, ‘The Vain and “Womanish” Male Artist in M. E. Braddon’s John Marchmont’s Legacy


Flore Janssen, Birkbeck, University of London, ‘ “A Face that May be Seen in Every Collection of Englishmen”: The Problem of Agency and the Symbolic Male Protagonists of Out of Work and An Agitator


1pm – 1.45 Lunch


1.45 – 3.15

Unstable Ideals

Janine Hatter, University of Hull, ‘Unheroic Heroes: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Sensational Men of the 1860s’

Barbara Vrachnas, University of Edinburgh, ‘Gambling, Cards and Shooting: Masculine “Games” in Ouida’s Sensational Novels’

Graziella Stringos, University of Malta, ‘When Love Shows the Way: Reformed (?) Rakes in Rhoda Broughton’s Not Wisely But Too Well (1867), The Devil and the Deep Sea (1910) and A Fool In Her Folly (1920)’


Early Deviant Masculinities

Tara MacDonald, University of Amsterdam, ‘ “At the Same Time Fascinating and Repellent”: Amelia B. Edwards and Sensational Masculinity’

Ruth Heholt, Falmouth University, ‘ “Forging the Way”: Catherine Crowe, Masculinity and Pre-Sensation’

Anne-Marie Beller, Loughborough University, ‘Sensationalizing Respectable Masculinity: The Dichotomy of the Publish and Private in Paul Ferroll (1855)’




Masculine Identities in the Public Sphere

HollyGale Millette, University of Southampton, ‘ “Tis’ Himself”: A Sensation Melodrama Featuring Dion Boucicault’

Jeremy Newton, Independent Scholar, ‘Fallen Men in the Plays of Henry Arthur Jones’

Catherine Delafield, Independent Scholar, ‘ “Woman in White” to Brothers in Blue – Sensational Men in the Mid-Victorian Magazine’


3.15 – 4.15 Coffee and Keynote 2:

William Hughes, Bath Spa University, ‘Low Obscenity and Lascivious Attitudes: Spectacle, Seduction and Male Power in Victorian Hypnotic Séance’


4.30 – 6pm


Royce Mahawatte, Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts, ‘ “We Shall Never Be Done Justice to, If We Do Not Live For Effect…” (Bulwer Lytton, Pelham): When the Fashionable Man Becomes Supernatural’

Jessica Cox, Brunel University London, ‘Spectral Sensations: Ghostly Women and Unmanly Men in the Mid -Victorian Ghost Story’

Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir, University of Iceland, ‘The Isolated and Obsessive Male as Victim of Female Revenge in John Harwood’s The Ghost Writer



Janelle Kitlinski, University of Texas at San Antonio, ‘Frankenstein: Reconfiguring the Masculinized “Veiled Maiden” in Romantic Poetry’

DeLisa Hawkes, University of Maryland, ‘Reclaiming the Powerful “Exotic” in Dacre’s Zofloya, or the Moor

Juan José Martín González, Unversidad de Málaga, ‘ “I Was Never So Unmanned Before”: (Emasculating) Imperialism and the Late Victorian Crisis of Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle Fiction’


Criminal Masculinities

Marlena Maciniak, Opole University, Poland, ‘Hybrid Masculinity: Between Gentlemanliness and Psychopathy in Caroline Clive’s Sensation Novel Paul Ferroll

Carolyn Lambert, University of Brighton, ‘Expect the Unexpected: Masculinity in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Shorter Fiction’

Chrisy Dennis, Falmouth University, ‘ “Monsters that the world ne’er saw: unnaturally impudent and wicked”: Mary Robinson’s The False Friend: A Domestic Story (1799)’


Excessive Masculinities

Mike Tresidder, Cornish Language Partnership/ Keskowethyans an Taves Kernewek, ‘Two Contrasting Images of Henry Jenner: The Science of Linguistics Meets a Post-Modern Sensibility Towards Cultural Revival’

Carys Crossen, Manchester Metropolitan University, ‘ “The Were-Wolves and The Wolf-Men and the Men-Wolves”: Lycanthropy and its Relation to Masculinity in Victorian Short Fiction’

Abra Gibson, Warrington College of Business Administration, ‘ “A Quaint Turn of Mind”: Misserimus Dexter’s Sensational Imagination’


6 – 7.30pm Wine Reception


8pm Conference Dinner

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