‘They did not eat physical food: they seemed to subsist on the appreciation of
beauty – a beauty unrecognized by humans or other denizens of the
China Miéville, Perdido Street Station (2000)
‘Do you believe there is a demimonde, Mr Chandler? A half-world between what we know and what we fear. A place in the shadows rarely seen, but deeply felt.’
Penny Dreadful (2014)
‘I made it all up, and it all came true anyway.’
Alan Moore, From Hell (1999)
This two-day academic conference will take place between September 8–9, 2017 at St John’s College, Durham University. The conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day.
We invite submissions for papers (15-20 minutes) on Neo-Victorian decadence in a wide range of fields, from literature to film, from sub-cultures to mass media, and everything in between. Abstracts of no more than 250 words will be accepted until May 31, 2017.
Keynote Speaker: Dr Nick Freeman, Loughborough University
Sponsored by the Department of English Studies at Durham University.
Conference Organisers: Dr Kostas Boyiopoulos, Durham University
Joseph Thorne, Liverpool John Moores University