Registration Open: Print Culture and Gender in the British Empire, University of Warwick 5 June 2014

The nineteenth century saw a proliferation of print culture not just in Britain but also across the Empire and beyond. This conference recognizes a significant shift in nineteenth-century studies towards print culture as an important form of Anglophone responses to various aspects of imperialism and globalization, including the renegotiation of gender relations in imperial and extra-imperial locations. While it has been argued that the colonies and the wider Anglophone world formed a large market (with India being the largest single market) for British publishers, the relationship between imported British periodicals and emerging global print media is still underexamined. The reprinting of materials from metropolitan British newspapers and periodicals offers key insights into how ‘news’ travelled and re-circulated at local and regional levels. Moreover, the British press during this period obsessively returned to colonial subjects, often featuring scenes of colonial life and sketches of particular ‘types’ of imperial subjects.

In this conference, we are keen to open up a space for counter-narratives to such representations, by showing Britain and evolving gender conceptions, such as separate spheres for men and women, through a different perspective. Imperial periodicals emerged as a new medium for expressing the social and political role of colonial peoples and their investment in bourgeois subjectivities in a widening public sphere. They also provided a platform where new Anglophone elites and expatriate Britons could write about their lives and experiences in a multiplicity of ways – in articles, fiction, poetry, and letters. We are especially interested in the role of periodicals in shaping and disseminating literature (fiction, poetry, drama, and travel narratives) so as to broaden our field’s understanding of the global in the long nineteenth century and of the place of women and sexuality within a “Greater Britain” structure.

PROGRAMME

9.30 – 10.00                 Coffee and welcome

10.00 – 11.00               Priti Joshi (University of Puget Sound), ‘Out of Place: At Home in the Provinces’

11.00 – 11.15               Break

11.15 – 12.45               Gender, Print Culture and Fiction

Ashok Malhotra (University of Warwick), ‘Illustrating the Patriarchal Rescue Mission in Kegan Paul & Co.’s Reprints of Philip Meadows Taylor’s novels’

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay (University of Oxford), ‘Print-Objects and the Making of Colonial Intimacy in Tagore’s Nashtanir

Melissa Free (Arizona State University), ‘”The Odds Have Been Against Her”: British Women, Rhodesian Immigration, and theEmpire Review Articles of Gertrude Page’

12.45 – 2.00                 Lunch

2.00 – 3.30                   Maculinities and Femininities across Imperial Networks

Caroline Bressey (University College London), ‘”To speak with rather than to”: Catherine Impey, networks of newsprint and the political geographies of Anti-Caste, 1888-1895′

Paul Rooney (National University of Ireland), ‘Pillars of the Empire in Home News: Forging Models of Imperial Masculinity in the 1870s Steamship Press in British India’

Melissa Riebe (University of Missouri-Kansas City), ‘A Women’s Empire: Public Discourse on Sailors’ Wives across the Anglophone Atlantic World’

3.30 – 3.45                  Break

3.45 – 5.15                  Womanhood, Correspondence, and the Periodical Press

Sarah Gundry (King’s College, London), ‘The Cape Monthly Magazine and the South African Ladies’ Companion: Tracing the Representation of Gender in the Cape Colony’

Teja Varma Pusapati (University of Oxford), ‘Colonizing through Correspondence: Harriet Martineau’s Letters from Ireland’

Shuhita Bhattacharjee (University of Iowa & Presidency University, India), ‘The Gender of Doubt and Womanly Faith: Victorian Religion, Occult, and Unbelief in the Colonial Press’

5.15 – 6.15                  Tanya Agathocleous (Hunter College), ‘The Aesthete and the Babu: Affect on Trial in Late-Imperial Britain’

6.15 – 6.30                  Closing remarks

6.30                             Wine reception

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