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Call for Articles: ‘Materiality in Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries’, Wilkie Collins Journal.

Materiality in Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries
The Wilkie Collins Journal
 Guest Editors: Dr Kym Brindle, Dr Laura Eastlake
‘I prophesy that we shall see ghosts and find treasures, and hear mysterious noises –
and, oh heavens! What clouds of dust we shall have to go through’
(The Dead Secret)
Wilkie Collins’s fiction depicts a rich cabinet of material curiosities. His novels evidence the wealth of objects with which the Victorians surrounded themselves in everyday life. This special issue looks to explore the entanglements between object and subject in Collins’s work. We seek proposals exploring the ways in which aspects of identity in Collins’s novels are articulated through forms of material culture. What is the significance of property and personal possessions for identity formation?

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CFP: Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century

Friends, Victorianists… I am delighted to tell you about a conference I’ve been working on with @drBeard79 to be held at Edge Hill University on 13th-14th September 2018. If you are researching any aspect of nineteenth-century substance use (medicine, therapies, foodstuffs, stimulants and sedation, trade) or abuse (addiction, drugs etc) then do submit a paper, or simply come along as an attendee and join us for what is shaping up to be a cracking couple of days, complete with fabulous plenary speakers and some fun surprises to be announced in the coming weeks. If you need some inspiration for your abstract, follow us @substance18_EHU for daily #substance18 Trivia on all manner of substances from the nineteenth century!
Full CFP below – hope to see you there!

CFP: Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century

13th – 14th September 2018, Edge Hill University

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Speakers:

Professor Susan Zieger, University of California Riverside

Dr Noelle Plack, Newman University

Dr Douglas Small, University of Glasgow

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‘The body (follow me closely here) lies at the mercy of the most omnipotent of all potentates—the Chemist.

Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1859)

In The Woman in White Collins’s villainous Count Fosco expounds on the power of modern pharmacology. Fosco is speaking at the mid-point of a century wherein the body and the mind seemed increasingly easily affected by the influence of substances. From 1821 opium had allowed Thomas de Quincey to explore ‘the palimpsest of the human mind’ and navigate the dream space of the human subconscious. Ether and chloroform banished pain and facilitated new surgical innovations. Stimulants and sedatives regulated waking and sleeping and the working day in between. Reports of alcoholism, addiction and criminality appeared with increasing regularity in the periodical press and featured in the plots of new literary genres like the sensation novel and the detective story.

This two day interdisciplinary conference examines the changing roles of drugs and chemical substances in the history, literature, and medical discourses of the long nineteenth century. We invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers or panels on any aspect of the theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Addiction and excess: Alcohol, tobacco, opiates, cocaine, ether, chloroform and other compounds
  • Psychoactive substances, hallucinogenics, pharmacology
  • New drug treatments, therapies, medical technologies, pain and pain management
  • Concepts of stimulation and sedation
  • Drugs and creativity
  • Drugs and criminality
  • Substances and the media: celebrity culture, advertising,
  • Thomas de Quincey, Coleridge, Keats, Wilkie Collins, L. T. Meade Conan Doyle,
  • Novels, sensation fiction, and literature as addiction
  • Gendered representations of substance use
  • Aphrodisiacs, appetite and their suppressants
  • Substances and the military, empire, trade, war
  • Neo-Romantic or Neo-Victorian representations of substance use

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words together with a brief bio to substance18@edgehill.ac.uk by 21st May.

We are delighted to be able to award a number of postgraduate bursaries. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please include a 200-word explanation about how the conference relates to your research, along with a breakdown of your expenses.

Please see our website https://substance18.wordpress.com/ for more information.

 

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What Would a Victorian Novel Monopoly Board Look Like?

I like to think I have some virtues kicking around in here, but patience, my friends, is not one of them. So Monopoly, with its long, drawn-out deaths by bleeding paper money and weeks of treading on tiny plastic houses afterwards, was never one of my favourites. I suspect I, like most people, am guilty of not knowing all the rules which would help make it a less excruciating experience.

However, over a nice end-of-semester coffee, I got to playing the much more fun game of imagining what a Victorian Monopoly board would look like. Here is my best guess. Have I missed any of your favourites?

Victorianopoly

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National Siblings Day. Who are your favourite nineteenth-century siblings?

It’s national siblings day! This fact dawned on me in a meeting with fabulous fellow nineteenth-century scholars @DigiVictorian, @DrBeard, and @DrDouglasSmall. To celebrate, we set each other the challenge of coming up with some siblings – real or fictional – who deserve a nod today.

For my choice, I’ve gone for: Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Not only were the Rossetti siblings immensely talented poets and artists each in their own right, but you can also see the traces of sibling relationships (and rivalries) in their work. Dante Gabriel used his sister as a model in several of his best-known early paintings, including ‘The Girlhood of the Virgin Mary’ (1849) and  ‘Ecce Ancilla Domini’ (1850) although he also liked to taunt her by capturing her in her less flattering moments, such as this sketch from 1862 of Christina in mid-tantrum.

Meanwhile, Christina makes reference to her brother’s notoriously quirky pet in her poem ‘Goblin Market’ (1862). Yes, Dante Gabriel was the proud, and often pretty hapless owner of a pet WOMBAT. Continue reading “National Siblings Day. Who are your favourite nineteenth-century siblings?”

Victorians in Springtime

It’s springtime! The birds are singing, the emulsified chocolate treats are flying off the shelves, and I thought it would be fun to look at some Victorian paintings of springtime to see how the Victorians passed the time of year.

1.

Leighton Burleigh
Edmund Blair Leighton, ‘The Lord of Burleigh’

On a fine spring afternoon, Ralph was insistent in his efforts to mansplain trigonometry to Ethel. Later, they would find him beaten to death with that there basket of cold cuts.

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What’s your Great Victorian Novel?

CFP: Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century

CFP: Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century

13th – 14th September 2018

Edge Hill University

Speakers:

Professor Susan Zieger, University of California Riverside

Dr Noelle Plack, Newman University

Dr Douglas Small, University of Glasgow

 

‘The body (follow me closely here) lies at the mercy of the most omnipotent of all potentates—the Chemist.’

Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1859)

 

In The Woman in White Collins’s villainous Count Fosco expounds on the power of modern pharmacology. Fosco is speaking at the mid-point of a century wherein the body and the mind seemed increasingly easily affected by the influence of substances. From 1821 opium had allowed Thomas de Quincey to explore ‘the palimpsest of the human mind’ and navigate the dream space of the human subconscious. Ether and chloroform banished pain and facilitated new surgical innovations. Stimulants and sedatives regulated waking and sleeping and the working day in between. Reports of alcoholism, addiction and criminality appeared with increasing regularity in the periodical press and featured in the plots of new literary genres like the sensation novel and the detective story.

This two day interdisciplinary conference examines the changing roles of drugs and chemical substances in the history, literature, and medical discourses of the long nineteenth century. We invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers or panels on any aspect of the theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Addiction and excess: Alcohol, tobacco, opiates, cocaine, ether, chloroform and other compounds
  • Psychoactive substances, hallucinogenics, pharmacology
  • New drug treatments, therapies, medical technologies, pain and pain management
  • Concepts of stimulation and sedation
  • Drugs and creativity
  • Drugs and criminality
  • Substances and the media: celebrity culture, advertising,
  • Thomas de Quincey, Coleridge, Keats, Wilkie Collins, L. T. Meade Conan Doyle,
  • Novels, sensation fiction, and literature as addiction
  • Gendered representations of substance use
  • Aphrodisiacs, appetite and their suppressants
  • Substances and the military, empire, trade, war
  • Neo-Romantic or Neo-Victorian representations of substance use

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words together with a brief bio to substance18@edgehill.ac.uk  by 21st May.

We are delighted to be able to award a number of postgraduate bursaries. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please include a 200-word explanation about how the conference relates to your research, along with a breakdown of your expenses.

For more information visit our website 

CFP: Anxious Forms 2018: Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century

Friday 27th July 2018, Aston University, Birmingham

Speakers:

Professor Talia Schaffer, CUNY

Dr Kate Lister, Leeds Trinity University

 

‘The power of blood is so difficult to decipher because it is at once the foundational social metaphor and the most basic necessity for life.’
-Priscilla Wald, foreword of The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500-1900

 

After the success of Anxious Forms: Bodies in Crisis (2014) and Anxious Forms: Masculinities in Crisis (2016), we are pleased to announce a third one-day conference which considers the construction of bodily fluids—both metaphorical and material, both abject and desirable—in the long nineteenth century. The period in question witnessed the first blood transfusion, the first English medical text on menstruation and menopause, anxieties around spermatorrhea and hysteria, the rise of vampire and werewolf fiction, and massive infrastructure reform around sewage and water to combat infectious diseases. This interdisciplinary event will explore the advancements, crises, contradictions, and understandings of bodily fluids in the long nineteenth century across a range of media, including fiction, poetry, drama, journalism, photography, visual arts, material culture, and medical and scientific texts. The event will also explore the challenges of critical discussions of topics traditionally considered taboo or hampered by the dynamics of disgust. Topics may include but are not limited to: Continue reading “CFP: Anxious Forms 2018: Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Long Nineteenth Century”

CFP: ‘Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship’

Saturday, 1 September 2018 

The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, University of Chichester.

Call for Papers – deadline Friday 30 March 2018

“While Dodgson, the … mathematician who hated inaccuracy, loved to question the very multiplication table’s veracity, my father, the poet, who hated any touch of irreverence, could laugh till tears ran at his friend’s ridicule of smug formalism and copy-book maxims.”

Greville MacDonald, George MacDonald and his Wife, 1924.

The works of the Scottish author, poet and minister George MacDonald and the English polymath Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) have been among the strongest of influences on writers of fantasy for the past 150 years. The relationship between these two Victorians is both deep and fascinating and a close examination of that friendship reveals the significant influence they had on each other’s work.

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