CFP: Victorians Institute 2013 Conference “Through the Looking Glass”

Victorians Institute 2013 Conference: 
Through the Looking Glass
Proposals: 5/1/2013
The 42nd Meeting of the Victorians Institute
November 1-2, 2013
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
Please send 300-500 word proposals for papers and a 1-page c.v. via email to by 1 May 2013.
We invite papers on any aspect of the theme, which refers to Lewis Carroll’s 1871 sequel to Alice in Wonderland, but invites much wider consideration.  The story begins on November 4, the day before Guy Fawkes Night, and is also associated with issues of time and space, the game of chess, fairy tale and fantasy, neologism, history, curiosity, epistemology, dress and wigs, and of course, mirrors.
Possible topics might include mirrors and mirroring; microscopes and telescopes; Victorian mathematics, science, and science fiction; arts and crafts; illustrations and media adaptations; language; hybridity; history and discovery; new worlds and cultures; travel; empire; Victorian pedagogy; childhood; gender and sexuality; fantasy and play; pseudonyms; biography; photography; music; linguistic play; poetic parody; and others.The keynote speaker is Jay Clayton, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, and Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University.

Selected papers from the conference will be refereed for the Victorians Institute Journal annex at NINES.Limited travel subventions will be available from the Victorians Institute for graduate students whose institutions provide limited or no support.

Please visit for information about the conference, the Victorians Institute, and Victorians Institute Journal.

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