VPFA 9th Annual Conference

Travel, Translation and Communication

19th-21st July 2017
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London


Exhibition: ‘Picturing The Mass Market: Popular Late Victorian Periodicals’

Curated by John Spiers

Wednesday 19th July

1.00pm            Registration (outside Senate)

1.45pm            Opening and Welcome (Senate): Janine Hatter, Helena Ifill and Jane Jordon   

2.00pm            Keynote (Senate)

                         Mary Hammond: ‘Journeys of the Mind: Reading While Traveling in the                                       Nineteenth Century’

3.15pm            Refreshments (Jessel)

3.45pm – 5.15pm – Parallel Panel 1

Panel: Travel as Education for Late Nineteenth-Century Women Writers (Senate)

Chair: Robin Barrow

Amara Thornton, ‘Harkness at the Museum’

Angharad Eyre, ‘“Tired of England”: Women Travelling to a Better Future in the Work of Harkness and Schreiner’

Flore Janssen, ‘“I thought that I would see what was likely to come of it”: Margaret Harkness’s Political Journeys in the Pall Mall Gazette’

Panel: Stage Travels (Torrington, Room 104)

Chair: Silvia Granata

Laura Monros-Gaspar, ‘On Heroes, Horses and Mesmerized Sorceress: Performing Epic at Astley’s Amphitheatre’

Kate Newey, ‘Around the World on the Victorian Pantomime Stage’

Beth Palmer, ‘Crossing Boundaries: Wilkie Collins and The New Magdalene’

Anna Maria Barry, ‘Opera, Travel and Place in Victorian Fiction’

Panel: Print and Communication (Holden, Room 103)

Jian Choe, ‘Reading a Punch Cartoonist’s Parisian Travelogue’

Catherine Delafield, ‘“[h]orrible devices” and “weary iteration”: Margaret Denzil’s History in Cornhill Magazine’

Elizabeth Howard, ‘Images of Cataclysm and Communication: The Eruption of Krakatoa and the Intrusion of the Periodical into M.P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud

Panel: Anti-Tourism (Athlone, Room 102)

Alan McNee, ‘Slaying the “lions”: Irreverence in Victorian Travel Narratives’

Heidi Rennert, ‘Cycling as Protest and Pilgrimage in the Pennells’ An Italian Pilgrimage’

Richard Bonfiglio, ‘The Burdens of Proximity in Charles Allston Collins’s New Sentimental Journey

5.15pm                 Reading Pack Discussion: ‘Travels of the Mind and Body’ (Senate)

                                Hosted by Chloé Holland and Anne-Louise Russell

6.30pm                 Drinks Reception (Jessel)


Thursday 20th July

10.00am – 11.30am – Parallel Panel 2

Panel: Communication (Senate)

Chair: Anne-Marie Beller

Abigail Boucher, ‘“The arrow-slit and the electric wire”: Masculinity, Modernity, and Communication in Thomas Hardy’s A Laodicean

Eleanor Dumbill, ‘“A Blameless and Open Friend”: Frances Eleanor Trollope’s Communication and Correspondence with Charles Dickens’

Christopher Pittard, ‘“Who was the plagiarist?” Travel, Intellectual Property, and Boundary Crossings in Victorian Conjuror Biography’

Panel: Tourism (Torrington, Room 104)

Chair: John Spiers

Joan Passey, ‘“Seething cauldrons of death”: Primitivity and Celtic Tourism in Victorian Gothic Cornwall’

Alina Ghimpu-Hague, ‘Nonsense in Motion: How Victorian Experiences of Travel Shaped the Narratives of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear’

Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton, ‘Reading, Ephemera and the Seaside Library’

Panel: Gender and Adventure (Court)

Alisha Walters, ‘A “woman-comrade upon the bleak and barren heights before Sebastopol”: Mary Seacole the and Affective, Feminine Modelling of Wartime British Identity’

Matthew Crofts, ‘Crossing The Bounds of Decorum and Travelling in the First Ages: Transformation and Travel in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Kipling’s “The Mark of the Beast”’

Elly McCausland, ‘”I wouldn’t trust that map”: Unmapping adventurous masculinity in Victorian imperial romance’

11.30am           Refreshments (Jessel)

12.00am – 1.30pm – Parallel Panel 3

Panel: Brits Abroad (Senate)

Yael Maurer, ‘Restless Travellers: Crossing National Boundaries in Dickens’ Little Dorrit

Anna J Brecke, ‘‘Arry Beyond Punch: English Tourism in Braddon, Marryat and Corelli’

Helena Ifill, ‘TBC’

Panel: Periodical Circulation (Torrington, Room 104)

Barbara Korte, ‘Black Forest Tales in the Illustrated London News: A Case of German-British Cultural Translation’

Klaudia Lee, ‘Travelling Forms, Contested Spaces: Reading Space(s) in Literary Periodicals in the Crown Colony’

Juliet Shields, ‘Annie S. Swan’s “Literature of the Heart” and the Scottish Diaspora’

Panel: Class Mobility (Court)

Chair: Eleanor Dumbill

Terry Scarborough, ‘”And so you are resolved to be my travelling companion this morning; eh?”: Narrative Geography and Sanitary Reform in Oliver Twist’

Julia Kuehn, ‘David Copperfield, the Bildungsroman, and the Mobile Forces of Modernity’

Andrew Mangham, ‘A New War of Roses: Yorkshire, Lancashire and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Stories of Famine’

1.30pm            Lunch

2.30pm            Keynote (Senate)

                          Anne-Marie Beller: ‘Interrogating Influence: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, French                           Fiction, and Victorian Translation’

3.45pm            Refreshments (Jessel)

4.15pm – 5.45pm – Parallel Panel 4

Panel: Translation (Senate)

Chair: Klaudia Lee

Frances Reading, ‘Translating Russia: Olive Garnett and Petersburg Tales’

Antonija Primorac, ‘Unknown Pleasures: Early Twentieth-Century Appropriations of Sherlock Holmes in Europe’

Julia Podziewska, ‘“Wuthering Heights meets Kill Bill”; Reflections on ‘the popular’ in the light and shadow of Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

Panel: Women and Mobility (Torrington, Room 104)

Charlotte Katie Bartle, ‘“[She] was captivated by this impressive new world that had revealed itself so suddenly to her”: Amalie Skram; Writer, Traveller, and New Woman’

Robin Barrow-Nichols, ‘Dressed to Ride: Women’s Cycling in Merrington, Doyle, & Gissing’

Susan Cahill, ‘Travel, Transition, and Girlhood: Journeys of Development in Late Victorian Irish Writing for Girls’

Panel: Travels of the Mind and Body (Court)

Chair: Julia Kuehn

Ashley Achee, ‘Imagined Dead Communities: Constructing the Spirit in Victorian Post-Mortem Photography’

Niyati Sharma, ‘Spiritual Travel, Cosmopolitanism and Racial Identity in Marie Corelli’s Ziska (1897)’

Matthew Gibson, ‘The Impress of the Visual and Scenic Arts on the Fiction of Bram Stoker’

6.30pm – Dinner TBC


Friday 21st July

9.30am – 11.00am – Parallel Panel 5

Panel: America (Senate)

Chair: Kara Tennant

Anne Anderson, ‘“China-hunters” at Home and Abroad c. 1870-1920’

Helena Goodwyn, ‘“For a Year I am a Free Man”: Charles Dickens and the American Holiday’

Jane Jordan, ‘TBC’

Panel: Colonial Travel (Torrington, Room 104)

Éadaoin Agnew, ‘TBC’

Irina Kantarbaeva-Bill, ‘Victorian Travellers on the Roof of the World: trespassed borders, transgressed narratives’

Lindy Moore, ‘The Portrayal of Emigrants and Emigration in the Fiction Writing of Isabella Fyvie Mayo’

Panel: Science (Court)

Chair: Helena Ifill

James Green, ‘“The Desire for Complete Extinction”: Evolution and the Individual in Rhoda Broughton’s Not Wisely, but Too Well’

Wen-lin Lan, ‘Transmission of Knowledge and Professionalism in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone’

Jennifer Jones, ‘The Surgeon Holds the Key: Trephination, Craniectomy, and Communication in L. T. Meade’s Strand Magazine Stories’

11.00am          Refreshments (Jessel)

11.30am          Keynote (Senate)

                          Catherine Wynne (Hull) ‘Lady Butler in Egypt, 1885-86: Public and Private                                 Views’

12.45pm          Lunch

1.45pm – 3.45pm – Parallel Panel 6

Special Theme Panel: The Sea and the Seaside (Senate)

Panel Host: Jo Knowles

Silvia Granata, ‘Mind Travel at the Seaside: Submarine Worlds, the Deep Past and Possible Futures’

Jochen Petzold, ‘Writing to Save Their Souls: R. M. Ballantyne’s Stories of the Sea’

Kara Tennant, ‘Seaside Sights: Fashionable Modes of the Mid-Victorian Coast’

Special Theme Panel: Travel and the Archives (Torrington, Room 104)

Panel Host: Nickianne Moody

Chloe Flower, ‘Crossing Domestic Spaces in Octavia Hill’s Reform Literature’

Rachel Margaret Egloff, ‘From Travel Fact to Travel Fiction: A Means to European Transcultural Understanding through Literary Cultural Transfer‘

Eleanor Shipton, ‘Anthony Trollope’s Postal Travel and Rural Mobilities’

Special Theme Panel: Transport (Court)

Panel Host: Charlotte Mathieson

Louis James, ‘“All the world is an omnibus!”: From City Transport to Plot in Early Victorian Popular Fiction’

Nicola Kirkby, ‘Trollope’s Junctions: Mechanical Plots in the Palliser Novels’

Eva Chen, ‘Speed, Bicycling and the Modern Body in H. G. Wells’

3.45pm – 4.45pm           VPFA AGM, Greta Depledge Prize-Giving and Close (Senate)

WEBSITE: http://victorianpopularfiction.org
VPFA 2017 – CFP