REMINDER! CFP: VPFA: 8TH-10TH JULY 2014, SENATE HOUSE, LONDON

VPFA: 8th-10th July 2014, Senate House, London

Keynote Speaker: Dr Jonathon Shears (Keele), ‘“[…] battered […] soiled […] broken […] empty […] half-smoked […] stale”: The Hangover in Victorian Popular Fiction’.

Guest Speaker: Judith Flanders, ‘Painting Reality: Home vs. Home-ness’

Senate Library Special Collections Talk and ‘hands-on’ mini-exhibition: Dr Karen Attar, ‘Trash, Treasure or Trashy Treasure at the Institutional Library’.

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference is recognised as an important event on the annual conference circuit and offers a friendly and invigorating opportunity for established academics and post graduate students to share their current research. We remain committed to the revival of interest in understudied popular writers which is pivotal to the reputation this conference has established.

The organisers invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation of the topic and its relation to any aspect of Victorian popular literature and culture which might address literal or metaphorical representations of the theme.

Call for Papers

Deadline for proposals: Friday 4th April 2014

 

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers, or for panels of three papers, on topics which can include, but are not limited to:

Treasures and Trash in: the home, the street, the store, the library, the gutter, the island, the workhouse, the factory, etc.

Print culture and the literary marketplace: ‘trash’ fiction, high/low culture, taste, fashion, rarity, cheap editions, fine editions, ‘specials’, royalties, contracts, collectors, etc.

Treasure: buried, hoarded, displayed, collected, traded, neglected, etc.

Waste: scrap/s, refuse, recycling, reclamation, that which is/those who are discarded/unwanted, the abandoned, etc.

Dirt: gossip, scandal, degeneracy, decay, cleanliness, healthfulness, godliness, etc.

Trashed: defaced, vandalised, wasted, defamed, scandalised, denounced, drunk, drugged, etc.

Industry: the ethics of production, craftsmanship, the cheap, the mass-produced, etc.

Money: markets, debts/debtors, savings, shares, inheritances, ransoms, fortunes, etc.

Papers and artefacts: archives, special collections, the museum, the preserved, the priceless, the lost, digitised treasures, etc.

The Beloved: persons, possessions, memories, moments, etc.

Values: validity, value/worth, cost, price, morals, family values, etc.

Things: junk, clutter, paraphernalia, bric-a-brac, curiosities, trinkets, tokens/keepsakes, troves, etc.

People: fortune-hunters, gold-diggers, prospectors, speculators, pirates, con-artists, thieves, beggars, prostitutes, consumers, etc.

Special author panels: This year we will schedule special panels to be hosted by guest experts on each of six key popular authors; therefore we especially welcome papers about the following authors:

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (hosted by Anne-Marie Beller)

Wilkie Collins (hosted by Mariaconcetta Constantini)

Marie Corelli (hosted by Nickianne Moody)

Florence Marryat (hosted by Greta Depledge)

Ouida (hosted by Jane Jordan and Andrew King)

Robert Louis Stevenson (hosted by Sara Clayson)

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Drs. Kirsty Bunting, Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill at vpfamembership@gmail.com  

Deadline for proposals: Friday 4th April 2014

For more details see:  http://victorianpopularfiction.org/

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