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

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century III

Session Chair: 
Leila May, North Carolina State University
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Studio Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Toni Wein, Caifornia State University, Fresno
    Going beyond political economists and social critics of the first half of the nineteenth century who thundered against 'extravagance in dress,' Sir Walter Scott's Heart of Midlothian and Charles Dickens's Barnaby Rudge connect such extravagance with insanity. Drawing attention to the ‘foreign’ nature of ribbons, ruffles, and silks, Barnaby Rudge and Madge Wildfire underscore the danger posed to the polity on economic, political, and moral grounds.   
  2. Diana E. Bellonby, Vanderbilt University
    This paper examines a late-Victorian turning point in the history of magic-portrait fiction, a now-forgotten yet immensely popular genre of nineteenth-century fiction. In a typical tale, a male artist paints the portrait of a beautiful woman whose life or marriage hangs in the balance. Dorian Gray revised the genre’s heterosexual formula. I focus on works of the 1880s by fellow aesthete, Vernon Lee, whose feminist variations anticipated Wilde’s later, male homosocial subversion.
  3. Natalie Rajasinghe, Cal Poly Pomona
    Within the works of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and their gothic representations of art and science respectively, there lies a parallel between the makers--Victor Frankenstein and Basil Hallward—and their creations—the Creature and Dorian Gray.
  4. Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    This paper examines the relationship between neo-Victorian novels and the Victorian past, using Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith and its treatment of women's writing to unpack the neo-Victorian novel's potential for cultural reimagining. 
Session Cancelled: