115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century III

Session Chair: 
Sarah MacDonald, Kent State University
Time: 
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Location: 
Henry 104

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Hyun Ah Kim, Independant Scholar
    I turn to Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and its protagonist Esther Summerson to examine the tension between the social approval an orphan lacks and the concomitant resistance to incorporation into that society to which she has never belonged. Her narrative shows her visualizing herself as an Other that is not so willing to be assimilated but will not be severed from the world either.
  2. Soyoung Jo, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
    This paper explores Charles Dickens’ Sketches by Boz (1836) by focusing on its conspicuous medical vision that dissects the social ills of the urban space. With an anatomizing gaze, the flâneur-narrator Boz reads the emerging power of capitalism, which turns the Victorian urban space into a site of unchanging changefulness. I argue that Sketches possesses its distinctive mode of vision that captures a peculiar double temporality of the capitalist urban terrain: its changeability and stasis.
  3. Antoinette Chevalier, University of California, Berkeley
    In this essay I will interrogate how the hyper-visibility of "blackness" at the fin de siecle is used strategically to undermine racial and cultural hegemonies through surveillance of the professional class.
Session Cancelled: 
No