“Victorian Popular Genres” (International)

Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2016

Dates: July 14-15, 2016

Location: Senate House, London

CFP Link

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference is recognised as an important event on the annual conference circuit and offers a friendly and invigorating opportunity for established academics and postgraduate students to share their current research. We remain committed to the revival of interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, which is pivotal to the reputation this conference has established.

The organisers invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation of the topic and its relation to any aspect of Victorian popular literature and culture which might address literal or metaphorical representations of the theme.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers, or for panels of three papers.

Special topic panels: Following our successful formula, we are continuing the special panels which will be hosted by guest experts; therefore we especially welcome papers about the following genres:

Topic 1: Short Stories, hosted by Vicky Margree

Topic 2: Drama, hosted by Kate Newey

Topic 3: Poetry, hosted by Anna Barton

Papers in previous years have also discussed authors such as:

Grant Allen, J. M. Barrie, Mrs Beeton, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Anne Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Rhoda Broughton, Lewis Carroll, Mary Cholmondeley, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Marie Corelli, Dinah Craik, Catherine Crowe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, William Gilbert, George Gissing, Thomas Hardy, Jerome K. Jerome, Rudyard Kipling, Eliza Lynn Linton, Florence Marryat, Edith Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, Charles Reade, Olive Schreiner, Ouida, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Mary Augusta Ward, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Ellen Wood, Charlotte Yonge

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and a 50 word biography in Word format to Drs Janine Hatter, Helena Ifill and Jane Jordan at: vpfamembership@gmail.com

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