Call for Papers: Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts

September 24, 2014

18th April 2015 

Co-hosted by Falmouth University and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association

Venue: Falmouth University, Cornwall


Keynote Speakers:

William Hughes, Bath Spa University

Andy Smith, University of Sheffield

Villainous, feminised, weak and wanting; men in the sensation genre are often seen as lacking. Critical readings of the genre, moreover, have tended to focus on its constructions of femininity, largely neglecting representations of men and masculinity.   Examining the under-explored subject of Victorian men, masculinity and sensation, “Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts” represents a timely and important intervention in the field.

This one day symposium at Falmouth University will provide a point of focus and intellectual exchange for scholars working in many different fields such as: popular fiction studies, theatre studies, Gothic studies, art history, early photography and film, theories of gender, sexuality and nation in nineteenth century studies. 


Proposals for panels and papers may include, but should not be limited to:

Empire and masculinity

Female masculinity

Gentlemanliness and masquerade

Masculinity and the nervous body

Monstrous masculinity

Queer masculinities

Manliness and sensation

Race and masculinity

Sexualised men

Neo-Victorian Sensation fictions 

150-200 word abstracts to be sent by: 1st December 2014 to Ruth Heholt and Meredith Miller: ruth.heholt@falmouth.ac.uk and meredith.miller@falmouth.ac.uk

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