Neo-Victorian Art and Aestheticism (26 March 2011, University of Hull, UK)
Since the 1960s, contemporary culture has frequently returned to a Victorian (and broader 19th-century) past in order to explore questions of identity, modernity, nostalgia, and the present period’s sense of belatedness. This mode of historical engagement reached especially prominent levels in the 1990s and at the turn of the millennium. In each of these returns, be it in the form of literature, visual arts, film, drama, radio and television adaptation, or fashion and consumer culture, the Victorians have dominated the prevalent understanding of ‘the past’ as something which can be re-created, the lost but simultaneously haunting and spectral presence which underlines our sense of the now.
Panels include: Biofiction, interactive digital fiction, sensuality and sensation, dressing up, Oscar Wilde, and a training workshop for post/doctoral researchers on publishing and public engagement in the field of neo-Victorian studies.
Keynote speaker: Dr Mel Kohlke (editor of Neo-Victorian Studies, University of Swansea, UK): ‘Luscious Aftertastes: The Influence of Pre-Raphaelitism in Neo-Victorian Fiction’
The conference is preceded by Hull’s Annual Victorian Lecture on 25 March: Professor Margaret Stetz (University of Delaware): ‘The Fin-de-Siècle New Man and the Neo-Victorian Neo-Man’
We are able to offer 16 fees reductions of £10 each to postgraduate/doctoral students who are working in the field of neo-Victorianism or have a particular interest in the subject. Applicants are encouraged to email a statement of not more than one page, outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the symposium, by 27 February to Ann Heilmann: firstname.lastname@example.org
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