Mixed Methods Approaches to Dickens and Characterization Symposium

Mixed Methods Approaches to Dickens and Characterization

May 10th 2012 – University of Nottingham

A symposium at the interface of language and literature

This symposium will illustrate innovative approaches to both Dickens Studies and studies of characterization more generally. Scholars from both language and literature will present cutting-edge research that suggests a mixed methods approach to the study of characterization in literary texts and specifically the novels by Charles Dickens. The talks will address the concept of character in the framework of cognitive poetics, Dickens’s characters in the context of popular culture, corpus methods and the tool CLiC for literary texts, psycholinguistic methods to investigate the reading process and the psychological reality of characters, Dickens and book history, and the reading experience in the 19th century.

Confirmed speakers

Professor Juliet John, Professor in Victorian Literature, Royal Holloway University of London

Professor Peter Stockwell, Professor of Literary Linguistics, University of Nottingham

Professor Josephine Guy, Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Nottingham

Dr. Kathy Conklin, Lecturer in Psycholinguistics, University of Nottingham

Dr. Michaela Mahlberg, Associate Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham

Dr. Catherine Smith, Technical Officer, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham

Dr. Simon Preston, RCUK Research FellowSchool of Mathematical Sciences,University of Nottingham

Introduction to the Symposium by

Professor Brean Hammond, Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Nottingham

Registration fee:

· £20 (this covers lunch and coffee breaks)

· £10 (for students)

To register, please download a registration form from the Symposium webpage: REGISTRATION DEADLINE 20 APRIL 2012


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