Discords: George Egerton at the Fin de Siècle (University of Loughborough, 7-8 April 2017)

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Clare Stainthorp has recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Birmingham on Constance Naden, and is currently teaching there as a Visiting Lecturer. She is developing a research project on the nineteenth-century freethought press with the support of a Curran Fellowship from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, and tweets at @ClareGS87. Her blog is the second of a two-part series on ‘George Egerton at the Fin de Siècle’ and examines the ‘Discords’ that shape Egerton’s work and readers’ relationship with it, following on from Dr Alexandra Gray’s discussion of the conference’s ‘Keynotes’.

Over the course of the two days in Loughborough it became clear to the assembled academics that ‘Discords’ was not only the title of Egerton’s second collection of short stories but a recurring conceptual theme; we repeatedly found ourselves discussing Egerton’s refusal to exist harmoniously within existing or expected overarching structures. The compelling transgressions and…

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