Calls for Papers/Contributions

Ruth Rendell: CFP for a Special Issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing on Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Edited by Ruth Heholt, Fiona Peters and Gina Wisker.

Ruth Rendell, who has recently died, was one of the most prolific and important female authors of the C20th/21st centuries, achieving many literary awards and honours, plus a Labour peerage. Her literary output, both as Ruth Rendell and Barbara Vine, transcended generic boundaries and conventional assumptions about character, the police procedural novel, class and gender, […]

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Dickens

Transformation in Great Expectations

I was asked to give my thoughts about the theme of Transformation in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations for the Drama Channel on UKTV. You can read my contribution here. Longer thoughts are below: Great Expectations, with its plot that twists and turns on the knife-edge of transformation, is, undoubtedly, one of Dickens’ finest works. Its perspective acts […]

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VPFA

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

Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK April 18th 2015   Programme 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 […]

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Literature

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival 2015

  14th – 15th March 2015, Watershed   After its dazzling success in 2013, the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is delighted to announce it is returning to Watershed on the 14th and 15th March 2015.   Some of the literary scene’s brightest stars will be arriving in Bristol to join a unique festival that celebrates […]

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VPFA

7th Annual Conference: Victorian Authenticity and Artifice

13-15th July 2015 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London   Keynote Speaker: Prof. Linda Dryden “Stevenson and H. G. Wells: Monomaniacs, Duality and Evolutionary Science” Keynote Speaker: Prof. David Glover “Styles of Populism in Victorian and Edwardian Popular Fiction” Guest Speaker: Prof. Vanessa Toulmin from the National Fairground Archive   Call for Papers The Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference […]

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VPFA

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

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 […]

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