CFP Reminder – The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries – 24 September – London

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Call For Papers: Wilkie Collins Journal and Victorian Popular Fiction Association

The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries

(Image courtesy of Andrew Gasson http://www.wilkie- collins.info/books_heart_and_science.htm#Plot) (Image courtesy of Andrew Gasson http://www.wilkie-
collins.info/books_heart_and_science.htm#Plot)

Deadline for CFP: Friday 17th June 2016

Conference date: 24th September 2016

Location: Barts Pathology Museum, London

Keynote: Dr. Tara MacDonald (University of Idaho)

‘“Why can’t I look into your heart, and see what secrets it is keeping from me?”’

The protagonist of Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science (1883), surgeon Ovid de Vere, laments the difficulty in deciphering hidden emotions and secrets. Yet, the language suggests his medical background, striking a note with the novel’s supposedly anti-vivisection message and highlighting contemporary debates into the nature of experimental medicine, observation and epistemology. What is the best way of uncovering secrets, and what part does knowledge of the body play in this? Can medical training benefit from a thorough understanding of emotion?…

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