CALL FOR ARTICLES: WILKIE COLLINS JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE ‘THE “HEART” AND “SCIENCE” OF WILKIE COLLINS AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES’

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Call for Articles: Wilkie Collins Journal Special Issue
‘The “Heart” and “Science” of Wilkie Collins and his Contemporaries’

Deadline for Abstracts: 28th February 2017
Deadline for Articles: 31st May 2017

‘“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? And does gender play a part in this? Issues of ‘heart’ and ‘science’ reverberate across Collins’s work, from the Major’s collection…

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