CFP: Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference (London, July 2010)


“Victorian Popular Culture: Prose, Stage & Screen”
22-24 July 2010
Institute for English Studies, University of London

2nd Annual Conference of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association

Keynote speakers: Professor Kate Newey (University of Birmingham) and Dr Nickianne Moody (Liverpool John Moores University)

After our very successful Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900 Conference of September 2009 the Victorian Popular Fiction Association announces its second annual conference to be held 22-24th July 2010.

One of the themes we would like to develop is: Adapting the Victorian Popular Novel and we are pleased to announce our keynote speakers – Kate Newey and Nickianne Moody – who will be discussing aspects of this. Adapting the Victorian popular novel develops our contemporary interest in nineteenth century print culture, and our understanding of the different ways in which a single text might be consumed, to acknowledge the role of theatrical, and later film, adaptations of popular fiction in maintaining the popularity of particular novels, and particular genres. Theatrical adaptations were an important means by which the Victorian popular novel found new audiences, and because of the lack of theatrical copyright such adaptations abounded.

Topics relevant to this theme of the conference may include but are not limited to: the relationship between different editions (serialisation, syndication, the library edition, the cheap edition, the yellowback, the academic reprint, e-texts and digitisation), the relationship between printed text and dramatisation (theatrical, film, TV adaptation), the adaptability of particular subgenres such as the Newgate Novel and the Sensation Novel, debates about the need for theatrical copyright, and relationships between novelists and editors, publishers and adaptors.

We remain committed to promoting research in any aspect of Victorian popular fiction, and the revival of interest in understudied male and female popular writers from this period will again be pivotal to this conference, as we look to build on the foundations we established at our first conference in September 2009. We invite proposals for 20 minute research papers on any aspect of nineteenth century popular literature and culture in addition to those topics listed above. These might include:

• The Periodical Press
• Victorian Publishing
• Breaking in to the Canon
• Travel and Adventure
• Science and Spiritualism
• Sensation fiction
• Recovering ‘lost’ authors
• American, Colonial and European Readerships
• Teaching and Research Methodologies

Postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to either Jane Jordan ( or Greta Depledge ( by: Friday 26th February 2010

For further information about the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, see:


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