2002 Conference

Victoriana: Social, Cultural, and Scientific Developments
at Home and Abroad

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 16-7 August, 2002

Throughout the conference there was a special Periodicals Exhibition on view at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.

Conference Program

Thursday, 15 August

7:00 p.m.: Board Meeting

Friday, 16 August

8:30: Welcome – Russ Larson, Head, English Department, Eastern Michigan University

9:00 – 10:45 Session 1: Art
Chair: Nancy M. West, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • ‘For the English Public’: Art, Philanthropy and the Periodical Press 1880-1900 (Meghan Clarke, University of Sussex)
  • Communicating Change: A Study of Architectural Reporting in the Illustrated London News (Carol A. Flores, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University)
  • The Periodical as Cultural Bellwether in Fin-de-Siecle England and Japan (Thomas J. Tobin, The William Morris Society)

11:00 – 12:15: Session 2: Women
Chair: Sally Mitchell, Temple University

  • Unimagined Allegiances and Commonalties: Interpreting Eliza Lynn Linton’s and Sarah Grand’s Essays through the Lens of Journalism (Andrea Broomfield, Johnson County Community College)
  • The Perils of Periodical Publication: Literary Darwinism and the Woman Reader in the Sensational Sixties (Laurie Garrison, Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Beautiful For Ever! Madame Rachel, Madame Sara, and the Sorceress of the Strand (Elizabeth Miller, University of Wisconsin)

3:00 – 4:30: Session 4: Periodicals and Pedagogy: A Roundtable Discussion

  • The Serial Reading Process (Andrea Kaston Tange, Eastern Michigan University)
  • Using Victorian Periodicals in a Modern Drama Course (Julianne Smith, Pepperdine University)
  • Using Dickens’s Hard Times in its Periodical Context (Jennifer Phegley, University of Missouri-Kansas City)
  • Teaching the Victorian Public Sphere Using Periodicals (Dallas Liddle, Augsburg College)
  • Victorian Periodicals and their Readers (Susan D. Bernstein, University of Wisconsin- Madison)

5:00: Michael Wolff Lecture – Joanne Shattock, University of Leicester

Saturday, 17 August

8:45 – 10:15: Session 5: Harriet Martineau in the Periodical Press: From the 1820s to the Civil War
Chair: Anka Ryall, University of Tromso

  • The Author as Post-Romantic: Periodical Journalism and the Origins of Martineau’s Career (Linda Peterson, Yale University)
  • Harriet Martineau, Health, and Journalism (Maria Frawley, University of Delaware)
  • Harriet Martineau’s Periodical Writing on Slavery (Deborah Logan, Western Kentucky University)

10:30 – 11:45: Session 6a: The Working Class
Chair: Dale Trela, University of Michigan-Flint

  • Lloyd’s Most Popular Serialized Novels: A Study in Oppression (Juliette Berning Schaefer, Ohio Dominican College)
  • Reading Servants: Mass Literacy and the Servant Problem in Punch Magazine (Jean Fernandez, University of Iowa)
  • Reynolds’s Weekly Newspaper: Mid-Nineteenth Century Radicalism and the Queen (Anne Humpherys, City University of New York)

10:30 – 11:45: Session 6b: Science
Chair: Richard Fulton, Whatcom Community College

  • A Savage Debate: Victorian Anthropology in the Periodical Press (Roger A. Pauley, University of Central Arkansas)
  • Vivisection: Crucial or Cruel? Literature and the Creation of Anxiety (Lynne Crockett, New York University)

12:00 – 1:45: Business Luncheon; winner of the VanArsdel Prize: Troy Gregory, University of Western Ontario

2:00 – 3:15: Session 7a: Gender and Periodicals
Chair: Christopher Kent, University of Saskatchewan

  • ‘The Way We Dress Now’: Image, Reason and Economics in the Fashion Debates of the Fin-de-Siecle (Barbara Onslow, University of Reading)
  • Mr. Jorrocks’s Lost Sporting Magazine (Troy Gregory, University of Western Ontario)

2:00 – 3:15: Session 7b: The Victorian Literary/Aesthetic Landscape
Chair: Christopher C. Dahl, SUNY Geneseo

  • Fraser’s ‘Calumniated Women’ and Scandal as Commodity (Kathryn Ledbetter, Southwest Texas State University)
  • Across the Cultural Divide: newspaper Texts in the Sherlock Holmes Stories (Edward H. Cohen, Rollins College)
  • From Bos to Boz: How Sondheim’s Sweeney is More Dickens than Prest (Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Louisiana State University)

3:30 – 4:45: Session 8: Roundtable on Empire

  • Richard Fulton, Whatcom Community College
  • Alex Nalbach, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Teresa Mangum, University of Iowa