This interdisciplinary seminar meets three or four times a semester to hear and discuss work in progress on topics in Victorian literature, history, art, science, and popular culture.  Both local and visiting speakers are featured.  Papers are not pre-circulated, and everyone is welcome to attend. Contact us if you would like to be added to the Victorian Literature and Culture email list.


Upcoming Events

Arianne Chernock, Boston University
The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women in Victorian Britain
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Abstract

Queen Victoria has long been treated as playing a negligible role in the 19th-c. women's rights movement. Yet, as my research shows, Victorian feminists saw radical potential in their female sovereign, and used her as a central figure in their campaigning -- at least for a time. This talk will provide an overview of my book-in-progress, on 'The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women,' which explores the place of "royalist feminism" in the 19th-c. women's rights movement, and its surprising role in shaping modern understandings of citizenship, the British state and constitutional monarchy.

Numbers in the Novel: A Roundtable
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Speakers

James English
University of Pennsylvania

David Kurnick
Rutgers University

Yoon Sun Lee
Wellesley College

Gage McWeeny
Williams College

Mingwei Song
Wellesley College

Co-sponsored by Novel Theory.

Past Events 2016 - 17

Aviva Briefel, Bowdoin College
"Freaks of Furniture": The Useless Energy of Haunted Things
Benjamin Morgan, University of Chicago
Fin du Globe: On Decadent Planets
New Work in Victorian Studies
Jeremy Melius, Tufts University
Vivisection and the Visual Arts

Past Events 2015 - 16

Marah Gubar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sending Up the Cult of the Child
Aeron Hunt, Boston College
Military Relics: Thomas Hardy’s Soldiers and Sailors at Home
New Work in Victorian Studies
James Najarian, Boston College
Matthew Arnold and the Rivalries of Central Asia
Elaine Auyoung, University of Minnesota
Reading for the World

Past Events 2014 - 15

James Buzard, MIT
"He Can't Bear His Name": David Copperfield and the Thresholds of Modernity
William Cohen, University of Maryland, College Park
Why Is There So Much French in Villette?
Graduate Student Panel
Debra Gettelman, College of the Holy Cross
Imagining “Otherwise": Middlemarch’s Counterfictions
Lauren Goodlad, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Victorian Studies and the Longue Durée

Past Events 2013 - 14

Ellen Ross, Ramapo College
The Sisters of the People and Interwar London
Simon During, University of Brisbane
Kafka's Middlemarch
Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze, Northeastern University
Matthew Heitzman, Boston College
Marg Carkeet, Brandeis University
Graduate Student Panel
Rachel Ablow, SUNY Buffalo
Wounded Trees, Abandoned Boots: Thomas Hardy and the Homelessness of Pain
Anna Henchman, Boston University
Visualizing the Novel: Astronomy and Narrative Universes
Amy King, St. John's University
Seeing the Divine in the Commonplace: Seashore Natural History and Eliot’s Early Realism

Past Events 2012 - 13

Frances Ferguson
"Mill on Bentham and Coleridge (Again)"
Maia McAleavey, Boston College

"The Improper End: Aurora Floyd and Jude the Obscure"

Judith Pascoe
"Wuthering Heights, Japanese Style"
Graduate Student Panel
Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"A Touch of Class?: Hybridization, Breed, and Species in the Nineteenth Century"
Alison Byerly, Middlebury College
"Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism"
Rae Greiner
"Stupid Thackeray, or, Barry Lyndon"
David Kurnick
"Character in the Commons: The Case of George Eliot"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Karen Bourrier, Boston University
"Orthopaedic Deformity in the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Disability in *Madame Bovary*, *The Mill on the Floss*, and *Sir Richard Calmady*"
Graduate Student Panel: New Work in Victorian Studies
Yopie Prins, University of Michigan
“Metrical Discipline: Swinburne on The Flogging Block
Judith Plotz, The George Washington University
"Invisible Playmates: or Girl Ghosts and Adult Comfort in Ghost Stories by Burnett, Canton, and Kipling"
Matthew Rubery
“Canned Literature: The Book after Edison’s Phonograph”
Ivan Kreilkamp, Indiana University
"'Rare Forms:' Existlessness, Extinction, and Nonhuman Life in Hardy’s Lyrics"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Nicholas Daly, University College Dublin
"Bill Stickers Beware: The Frenzy of the Legible in the Victorian City"
Graduate Student Panel
Elaine Hadley, University of Chicago
"Partial War and Liberal Partiality in the Victorian Public Sphere"
Mary Wilson Carpenter, Queen's University
"Reviewing the Clinical Gaze: A Victorian Hospital Patient's Narrative"
Seth Koven, Rutgers University
"The Global Traffic in Matches and Match Girls"
Talia Schaffer, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
"Reorienting Victorian Families"