Call for Papers: Victorians Institute Conference
Charles Dickens: Past, Present, and Future
October 21-22, 2011
Myrtle Beach, SC
To help usher in the global celebration of his bicentenary in 2012, the 41st annual conference of the Victorians Institute will focus rather broadly on the life and work of Charles Dickens. We welcome papers that examine Dickens’s writings and their relevance to us today. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary essays exploring the literary life and legacy of Dickens in relation to science, economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, history, aesthetics, and theater and film adaptation.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Dickens and the Literary Marketplace
Dickens and Mass Culture
The Dickens Circle
Dickens and Science
Dickens and Emotion
Spiritualism and Spirituality in Dickens
Dickens’s Moral Philosophy
Dickens and the Posthuman
Dickens and Travel
Dickens in America
Dickens and Empire
The Dickens Industry
The Postmodern Dickens
Please send proposals of no more than 500 words and a brief one-paragraph bio by June 1, 2011 to: Dr. Maria K. Bachman, Department of English, P.O. Box 261954, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina 29528-6054.
The most recent issue of Victorian Literature and Culture (39:1; March 2011) contains a review essay or guide I wrote outlining the available digital scholarly resources for the study of Victorian literature.
That guide is available in full text here, with live links to the relevant material.
“Great Adaptations: Teaching Dickens through Literary and Cinematic Adaptations”
A four-week summer seminar funded by the NEH and led by Marty Gould, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Florida.
The seminar will be Hosted by the Dickens Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz and will take place July 3rd-30th 2011.
More information about the seminar is available on the web:
The seminar will explore the pedagogical potential of literary imitators. By looking at a cluster of films and narrative rewritings of two of Dickens’s most well-known novels ( A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations), the “Great Adaptations” seminar will explore the enduring influence of Dickens on the modern imagination. Taking the position that adaptations can shed fresh light on their source texts, the seminar will consider how teachers can use adaptations in the classroom, either as tools for critical investigation or as a means of student expression and assessment. A major goal of the seminar will be to help teachers identify new ways to use adaptation in the classroom in order to engage students actively in thinking and writing about literature.
The seminar is designed primarily for K-12 teachers, but graduate students with a stated interest in K-12 teaching are also warmly encouraged to apply. Seminar participants will receive a $3300 (taxable) stipend to help defray the costs of travel to Santa Cruz as well as meals and lodging for the four weeks of the seminar. For more information (including application instructions), see the Dickens Project website: http://www2.ucsc.edu/dickens/NEH.html. Specific questions can be directed to the seminar leader at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is 1 March 2011.
Studying the Nineteenth Century at King’s College in the heart of London
The MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies at King’s College London is a new interdisciplinary degree that focuses on the history, literature, visual culture, built environment and legacy of the nineteenth-century world. Taught by specialists from History, English and Geography, the programme offers an exceptionally wide range of modules. Students take a core module called Doing Nineteenth-Century Studies, which introduces a range of topics and concepts based on themes such as “nation, state and empire”, “the country and the city”, and “representing the nineteenth century”. They also complete a 15,000 word research dissertation and can choose from more than 15 optional modules. Students can also work as an intern with key cultural and heritage organisations in London including English Heritage, the National Maritime Museum, the Museum of London Archaeology Service, the Post Office Museum and the Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Museum. These internship projects are counted as part of the degree.
One bursary of £6000 is available for applicants intending to enter the degree in 2011.
To apply please visit our website at
For any questions please contact Dr Niall O’Flaherty by email at niall.o’email@example.com