A Conference to commemorate the centenary of Braddon’s death
4-5 September 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet St., London
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Phegley (University of Missouri-Kansas)
Mary Elizabeth Braddon was widely acknowledged to be the queen of the circulating libraries in the mid-Victorian period. She enjoyed a phenomenal popular and commercial success and became a by-word throughout the second half of the nineteenth century for the professional woman writer. This centenary conference seeks to assess the significance of Braddon’s long and prolific career, stretching from 1860 to 1915, and also her influence on both her contemporaries and on subsequent writers. In what ways did Braddon’s success inspire, stimulate, enrage, or encourage other female writers and how was Braddon’s particular brand of sensationalism emulated or adapted by later authors?
Possible topics for papers might include, but are in no way limited to, the following:
- Braddon’s influence on the contemporary…
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