Call for Papers – Postgraduate Panel: Arnolfini Things, Arnolfini Histories Conference, National Gallery, 12-13 January 2018

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Postgraduate Panel: Arnolfini Things

Conference: Arnolfini Histories: Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and its Receptions (National Gallery, London, 12-13 January 2018)

Deadline: 15 September 2017

This postgraduate panel discussion constitutes part of the conference Arnolfini Histories: Jan van Eyck’sArnolfini Portrait and its Receptions, organised in conjunction with the exhibition Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites, organised by the National Gallery, London, in collaboration with Tate (Sunley Room, National Gallery, 2 October 2017 – 2 April 2018).

Convenors: Professor Liz Prettejohn and Dr Claire Yearwood

The conference will be held at the National Gallery, 12-13 January 2018.

We invite proposals from postgraduate students for papers (5-10 minutes) in the panel Arnolfini Things, which will explore the materiality of things in Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait.

While much scholarship has been devoted to iconographic interpretation of the work, the identity of the figures, and the implications of the subject-matter…

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Speaker Series: VICTORIANS at Edge Hill (Autumn 2017)

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You are invited to attend a new Victorian speaker series at Edge Hill University. We hope you’ll come and join us at our beautiful Ormskirk campus for some great papers and discussion. Don’t forget to give us a follow @EHUVictorians.



Matthew Rubery (Queen Mary University of London) “The Victorian Audiobook”, 4th October.

Beth Rodgers (Aberystwyth), “Making the Modern Girl: Alice Corkran and Victorian Girls’ Magazines”, 25th October.

Christopher Pittard (Portsmouth), “A Case of Perspective: Sidney Paget’s Visions of Sherlock Holmes”, 15th November.

Helen Davies (Newman), “The Politics of the Neo-Victorian Freak Show”, 6th December.


4pm-6pm – Room TBC.

Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP

For more information please contact: Dr Laura Eastlake

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CFP – Punch Conference: Women in Punch 1841 – 1920

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Celebrating the end of Punch‘s 175th anniversary year

Thursday 2 November 2017, Senate House

Punch: or the London Charivari first appeared in 1841, published as a weekly magazine with a strong political agenda. Although some work has been done on the social reform agenda of Punch, very little is known about women in the magazine. Were there any women contributors? What representations of women appeared in the magazine, both in images and text? Women were certainly a subject for humour and caricature in Punch, but what were the political implications of those comic illustrations? What was the role played by verse in the depiction of women? Did the representation of women change significantly between 1841 and 1910, and if so, how and why? How do the caricatures and/or depictions of women in Punch differ or resemble those in other illustrated papers, such…

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CFP: British Women and Parody, International Conference, Amiens, 6th July 2018

British Women and Parody

International Conference organised by CORPUS (University of Picardy)

Amiens, 6th July 2018

Keynote speaker: Professor Margaret Stetz

(University of Delaware)


This one-day conference will investigate the relationships between women and parody in the British Isles. It is organized by the research team CORPUS (EA 4295) at the University of Picardy and will be held at the Logis du Roy (Amiens, France) on Friday 6th July 2018.

Parody, a simultaneous act of revival and revision, is double-coded. Imitating the original work implies familiarity with the original work and includes reactivation and renewal. The parodic ethos is partly “respectful or deferential” (Linda Hutcheon) and imitation has a large part to play in literary apprenticeship, yet repetition with an element of transformation can also have comical, satirical and distancing effects. The historical distance between the parodist and the imitated text takes on a reflexive and critical form when the work is revisited with a view to question or comment. In “claiming and appropriating” other texts (Julia Kristeva), the parodist situates himself or herself in relation to the original author. The purpose of this conference is to investigate the part played by gender in this positioning.

Women scholars are well-represented among theorists and analysts of parody, but the engagement of women authors with parody has been neglected. However, the British literary tradition includes many highly respected – and parodiable – female authors while, for many women, writing has meant “revision (…) an act of survival” (Adrienne Rich). Women’s writing has indeed often been judged secondary in intention, scope and even literary value. So, how can women’s engagement with parody be read? Does the under-representation of women writers in anthologies of parody, both as parodied authors and as parodists, reflect the masculine domination and appreciation of the Western literary canon? Do cases of conscious cross-gender parody work to denounce clichés of femininity and masculinity, thus destabilizing gender (Judith Butler)? What is at stake in women’s parodies of each other? An anxiety of influence? Rivalry? Differing perceptions of what femininity is? Can the question of female parodies be historicized?


Please send proposals (300 words) for 20-minute papers with a title and a short bio-bibliographic note to by December 17th.

We will consider papers on parodies that are both literary and visual: fiction, poetry, drama, graphic novels as well as other media and the history of publishing.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Women parodying men

Women parodying women

Parodies of femininity and écriture féminine

Female literary models and their imitators

Gendered revisions of canonical texts

Women in anthologies of parody

Women during the Victorian “golden age of parody”

The politics of parodic humour


Uncertain authorship and literary hoaxes


Scientific Board

Camille Fort, Université d’Amiens

Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Nathalie Saudo, Université d’Amiens

Nicole Terrien, Université de Rennes 2

Aurélie Thiria, Université d’Amiens


Select Bibliography

Aron, Paul. Histoire du pastiche. Paris : PUF, 2008.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble. 1990. Londres : Routledge, 2006

Genette, Gérard. Palimpsestes : la littérature au second degré. Paris : Seuil, 1982.

Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination. New-Haven/Londres: Yale UP, 1979, 2000.

Gross, John, éd., The Oxford book of Parodies. Oxford: OUP, 2010.

Hannoosh, Michele. Parody and Decadence: Laforgue’s “Moralités Légendaires”. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1989.

Hutcheon, Linda, A Theory of Parody: The Teachings of Twentieth-Century Art Forms, New-York/Londres, Routledge, 1985.

Kristeva, Julia, “Word, Dialogue and Novel” (1970), A Kristeva Reader. Columbia UP, 1986.

Müller, Beate, ed. Parody: Dimensions and Perspectives. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997.

Rich, Adrienne, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Revision”, College English 34:1, Women, Writing, and Teaching (Oct. 1972)

Rose, Margaret A. Parody: Ancient, Modern, and Post-Modern. Cambridge: CUP, 1993.

—, Pictorial Irony, Parody, and Pastiche: Comic Interpictoriality in the Arts of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Bielefeld, Aisthesis Verlag, 2011.

Sangsue, Daniel. La Relation parodique. Paris : Corti, 2007.

Stetz, Margaret. British Women’s Comic Fiction 1890-1990. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.

Thomson, Clive et Alain Pagés, eds. Dire la parodie : Colloque de Cerisy, American University Studies II : 91. New-York : Lang, 1989.

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CFP: Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950 17-18 July, 2018 – University of Kent

CFP: Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950

17-18 July, 2018 – University of Kent

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.

This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy.

Possible topics include literature and:

Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
Representations of Places of Learning
Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
Academic Success and Failure
Literacy and Illiteracy
Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
Autodidacticism, Informal Education
Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
Intellectual ability and disability
As well as literature and:

Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychometrics and personality testing
Physiology and psychology
Psychological Schools and Controversies
Psychology and Philosophy
Experimental Psychology
Language and Cognition

Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal to by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal.

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CFP – Victorian Network: Forgery and Imitation

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stamp-forgeriesVictorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work across the broad field of Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics. We are delighted to announce that our twelfth issue (Summer 2018) will be guest edited by Aviva Briefel on the theme of Forgery and Imitation.

Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the increase in art and literary forgery in the nineteenth century, and to the preoccupation with themes of illicit imitation in the Victorian cultural zeitgeist. Critics have highlighted the manifold, intricate, and sometimes surprising ways in which forgery was woven into the social and cultural fabric of the era. The forged, the fake, and the imitative became pressing issues for artistic reproduction as growing demand and changing technology shaped the way in which texts, images, and objects circulated. The spectrum encompassed forged and imitative objects faked with criminal intent, as…

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CFP – Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide

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Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide


‘On the tomb of the dead thing he had most loved had he set this image of his own fashioning’ – Wilde

We are excited to announce the Call for Papers for Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide. The conference is set to be held on 9th and 10th of April 2018 at the University of Birmingham. Transitions is an international, interdisciplinary conference seeking to open a dialogue between Victorianist and Modernist scholars. The conference will interrogate the historical, theoretical and thematic divides that have evolved from the artificial critical boundary set at the turn of the century. Panellists are invited to reconsider and discuss the aesthetic, social, political, technological, artistic, scientific, cultural and textual relationship between the Victorian and Modernist periods, in a global context.

The CfP closes December 18th 2017. Decisions will be made in early January.

We are delighted to announce that our…

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