Programme: The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries



24th September 2016

Barts Pathology Museum, London




9.20-10.50 : Science in Society and Relationships

  • Karin Koehler (St Andrews): Heart, science and unhappy homes: Eliza Lynn’s Realities (1851)
  • Ceri Hunter (Mansfield College, Oxford): Cozening Cousins: Collins, Cousin Marriage and Sensation
  • Helena Ifill (Sheffield): Prosaic and Pathological: Love and Friendship in Collins’s Fiction’
  • Anne Chapman (King’s College, London):‘Keep your place, if you please’: order, privacy, and romance in ‘Miss or Mrs.?’


10.50-11.20am COFFEE BREAK


11.20am-12.20pm Keynote

  • Tara MacDonald (Idaho): Wilkie Collins, Armadale and Public Feeling


12.20-1.20pm LUNCH


1.20-1.50pm Performance and Talk

  • Jak Stringer (Rambles in Cornwall ( The Influences and Relationships of Cornwall on the writings of Wilkie Collins


1.50-3.10pm: Differentiated and Troublesome Bodies

  • Ryan Sweet (Exeter): “[O]ld outspoken wig[s]”: Representations of Old Age and Artificial Hair in the Novels of Wilkie Collins
  • Clare Walker Gore (Selwyn College): Disability Pride and Disability Prejudice: Blindness and Blueness in Poor Miss Finch
  • Christopher Pittard (Portsmouth): Dangerous Dogs: Wilkie Collins’s Mr Lady’s Money and the 1870s Rabies Panic
  • Ann Loveridge (Canterbury Christ Church): Women and Scientific Ambition in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science and Florence Marryat’s An Angel of Pity



3.10- 3.30pm COFFEE BREAK


3.30-4.45-pm: Madness, Pathology and the Body : Interpreting the Pathologised Body

  • James Green (Exeter): “Straight through those clear blue eyes into his soul”: Physiognomy, Physiology, and the Detective Gaze in M.E. Braddon’s The Trail of the Serpent
  • Benjamin E. Noad (Sterling): “Mad-Speech” to infinity in Lady Audley’s Secret and Wilkie Collins’s Basil
  • Dana Woodcock (Washington): The Woman in White’s Response to the Rehabilitative Asylum Movement
  • Martin Edwards (Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL): Myths and narratives of therapeutic bed rest


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£20 waged

£10 student/unwaged

Plus a small processing fee

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