113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I

Session Chair: 
Laura Chilcoat, University of Florida
Time: 
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Location: 
Studio Suite (PH-ET)

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Brenda Tyrrell, Iowa State University
    This paper examines H.G. Wells’s fascination with transportation by examining his social novel, Kipps, and the evolution of transportation from bicycle to car, the direct parallel of this progression to social status, as well as linking the same evolution of transportation to modern day questions of right to mobility.   
  2. Gretchen Bartels, California Baptist University
    While Tit-Bits and The Yellow Book appear and, in many ways, are diametrically opposed, both are a response to the shifting literary landscape and technological innovation of the late nineteenth century: the one an embrace of the breakneck speed of late nineteenth-century technology and the other a retreat into the restful pace of high art.
  3. Darby Jean Walters, University of Southern California
    The rhetoric of the photographer as criminal and the relationship between photography and the undead informed the discourse surrounding the camera fiend at the turn of the century. The juxtaposition of the invention of the portable camera with the serial killings of Jack the Ripper during the same year created new perspectives on these narratives, providing novel ways for the media and the public to express their anxiety about the crumbling boundaries between the public and the private sphere.
  4. Meredith Walker Castile, Stanford University
    Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine serves as an important indexical corpus for ideologies surrounding British imperial rule across the nineteenth-century. In this paper, I examine Blackwood's representations of another empire (the Austrian Empire, in its shifting nineteenth-century forms), another monarchy (the Hapsburgs), and another imperial capital (Vienna). Citing evidence from a variety of Blackwood’s articles and stories, I argue that this other empire served as a repository of projected fantasies about Britain itself.
Session Cancelled: 
No