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

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II

Session Chair: 
Natalie Rajasinghe, Cal Poly Pomona
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Studio Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Thomas Fair, Adams State College - Extended Studies
    Readers of Lord of the Flies know well Golding’s ironic references and allusions to Ballantyne’s The Coral Island; however, another nineteenth-century text presents a closer parallel to Golding’s work. Jeffreys Taylor’s rarely examined The Young Islanders or, The School Boy Crusoes (1841) offers a promising antecedent to Golding’s novel and its examination of humanity’s flawed nature.
  2. Leila May, North Carolina State University
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s narratological strategies allow him to distance his “authority” by creating a fictive reading public addicted to the fictional tales of a fictitious detective. Doyle’s trap is that the real audience comes to realize that they are identical to the fictional audience, thereby reduced to fictional characters themselves.
  3. Patricia Bredar, University of Colorado at Boulder
    This paper examines mobility in Jane Eyre, exploring the connection between the heroine's physical movement and her formation of selfhood. My reading re-evaluates Jane's relationship to patriarchy, revealing the ways in which she capitalizes on male-driven structures rather than merely working within them. 
  4. Yarely Alejandre, San Diego State University
     Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys use hair as the medium for expressing Victorian anxieties about beauty. While Jane Eyre depicts hair in a conventional manner, the neo-Victorian prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea utilizes hair to illuminate the symbol of hair as it is connected to sexual desire, station, and even madness.
Session Cancelled: