2003 Conference & Annual Meeting

The Victorian Periodical Press: Texts and Contexts

September 19-20, 2003
Varscona Hotel
8208-106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6R9
Tel: (780) 434-6111
Toll Free 1-888-515-3355


2003 registration fee: CDN $85.00, USD $70.00, or GBP £45.00.

Meeting jointly held with the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada

For questions about local arrangements, please contact:

Merrill Distad, Associate Director
University of Alberta Library, Cameron 5-02
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J8
email: merrill.distad@ualberta.ca

Hotel Arrangements

Ask for RSVP/VSAWC rate, prices are in Canadian dollars, add 12% tax:
Varscona Hotel (1-888-515-3355) www.varscona.com A stylish hotel in Edmontonís Bohemian quarter. 30 rooms held until 20 August, 2003. $98.00 single, $118.00 double, includes deluxe continental breakfast.
Campus Tower Suite Hotel (1-800-661-6562) www.campustower.com Ten minutes walk from Varscona. 30 rooms held until 18 August, 2003. $89.00 one bedroom suite.

The RSVP conference will run in parallel session with the VSAWC conference at the same hotel. VSAWCís conference theme is "Reading the Nineteenth Century: Texts, Pasts, Interpretations." Registration for either conference, at a fee to be announced shortly, will cover both conferences. There will be shared plenary sessions with invited speakers, a common reception and banquet.

Conference Program

Thursday evening

6:30 to 9:00: registration and wine reception at Varscona Hotel


8:45: Welcome
9:00 - 10:30: Keynote (Rutherford 1 & 2): George Levine (Kenneth Burke Professor of English, Rutgers U): "Darwin, Positivism, and the Human Sciences."
10:30 - 10:45: Coffee
10:45 - 12:15: Session One

Panel One: "Legal Discourse" (Rutherford 1)
Elizabeth F. Judge (Ottawa), "Reading Credibility: Witnesses, Characters and the Prisoner's Counsel Act."
Karin Kellogg (Alberta), "Feme (C)Overt: Maria Theresa Longworth and the Yelverton Marriage Case."
Monica Flegel (Alberta), "Constructing Child-Protection Histories: Queen Victoria and the NSPCC."

12:15 - 1:30: RSVP executive meeting


Panel Two: "Mobile Spirits" (Rutherford 2)
Alexis Easley (U of Alaska Southeast): "Periodical Journalism and the Practice of Literary Tourism in Victorian London."
Jennifer Shepherd (U of Alberta): "Motoring Literature and the New Woman."
Maire ni Fhlathuin (U of Nottingham): "Writing in the 'Contact Zone': Anglo-Indian Periodicals of the 1830s."

12:15 - 1:30: Lunch on your own / VSAWC executive meeting.
1:30 - 3:00: Session Two

Panel Three: "Elizabeth Gaskell" (Rutherford 1)
Joanne Shattock (Leicester): "Editing Gaskell Today."
Linda Peterson (Yale): "The Afterlife of Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Bronte."
Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian U), "The Seductions of Dram-Drinking: The Intertextual Relation of Gaskell's Domestic and Sensation Fiction."

Panel Four: "Periodical Genres" (Rutherford 2)
Laurel Brake (U of London): "Magazine or Newspaper? The Hybridity of Weeklies."
Caroline Sumpter (Open U): "'Wastes of Print' and 'Wildernesses of Words': Debate over Periodical Reading in the Victorian Middle Class."
Rachel Buurma (U of Pennsylvania): "Authorizing the Pseudonym Library: the Late-Victorian Publishers' Series in its Literary Context."

3:00 - 3:15: Coffee

3:15 - 4:45: Session Three

Panel Five: "Historiography" (Rutherford 1)
Michael Carignan (Elon): "Analogical Reasoning and Victorian Historical Knowledge."
Lisa Surridge (UVIC): "Time, History, and the New Woman."
Michael Cohen (NYU): "Thomas Carlyle and the Problems of Historiography."

Panel Six: "Learned and Vulgar Discourses" (Rutherford 2)
Gowan Dawson (U of Leicester): "W. T. Stead, T. H. Huxley and the Control of Meaning in the New Journalism."
Leslie Howsam (U of Windsor): "History in the Late-Victorian Periodical: Imagining the English Historical Review."
Vanessa Warne (U of Manitoba): "'Dangerous to Look at or Describe': Thackeray, Immorality and the Literary Annual Industry."
Kathryn Ledbetter (Southwest Texas State U): "Amalgamating the 'Broad Gauge of Fancy with the Narrow Gauge of Fact': The Man in the Moon."

6:15: Shuttle bus to Faculty Club

6:30: Cash bar

7:00: Banquet: Michael Wolff lecture. RSVP is sad to announce the passing of Josef Altholz, who was to have given this year's lecture on "Whimsy, Serendipity and Chutzpah: The Improbable Success of RSVP."


8:45: Welcome

9:00 - 10:30: Keynote (Rutherford 1 & 2): Clare Midgley (Reader in History and Head of the Centre for Gender Studies, London Metropolitan U): "Beyond--or Before--'Imperial Feminism.'"

10:30 - 10:45: Coffee


10:45 - 12:15: Session Four

Panel One: "Victorians & Visual Culture" (Rutherford 1)
Judith Mitchell (UVIC): "Reading Masculinity: Hardy, Hollywood, and the Violence of the Text."
Grace Kehler (McMaster U): "Still for Sale: Love Songs and Singing Whores from La Traviata to Moulin Rouge."
Daniel Martin (UWO): "Reading Visual 'Up-to-Dateness' in Bram Stoker's Dracula."

Panel Two: "Celebrity and Controversy" (Rutherford 2)
Judith Law Fisher (Trinity U): Fraser's Portraits and the Construction of Literary Celebrity."
Meaghan Clarke (U of Sussex): "The Academy's New Clothes or the 'Fad About the Nude in Art'?"
Mary Elizabeth Leighton (UVIC): "Staging Immorality: Herbert Beerbohm Tree and the Actor-Management Question in the Late-Victorian Periodical Press."
Peaches Henry (U of Wyoming): "Frances Power Cobbe, the Theological Review, and the Victorian Religious Debate."

12:15 - 1:30: Lunch: VSAWC and RSVP Annual General Meetings

1:30 - 3:00: Session Five

Panel Three: "Genre" (Rutherford 1)
Vanessa Warne (U of Manitoba): "'The meaning concealed in each strangely carved stone': Letitia Landon and the Reading of Indian Ruins."
Lauren Gillingham (York U): "The Novel of Fashion Redressed: Bulwer-Lytton's Pelham in a Nineteenth-Century Context."
Kirsten MacLeod (Alberta): "Art for America's Sake: Aestheticism and Decadence and the Making of American 'Culture' in the Little Magazines of the 1890s."

Panel Four: "Publicity, Privacy and Identity" (Rutherford 2)
Lisa Surridge (UVIC):"The Serial Novel, the Newspaper, and the Divorce Court: The Public Gaze of the Media in He Knew He Was Right."
Caroline Reitz (Saint Louis U): "Amazon.com: In and Around Cranford."
Janice Schroeder (Carleton U): "The Methodology of Everyday Life: Domestic Particulars in the English Woman's Domestic Journal and Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management."

3:00 - 3:15: Coffee

3:15 - 4:45: Session Six

Panel Five: "Imperialism and Other Myths" (Rutherford 1)
Elizabeth Galway (Exeter): "God Save the Queen?: Subverting the Imperial Order in Victorian Canadian Children's Literature."
Kristen Guest (U of Toronto): "Faust Updated: Victorian Re-Readings of Dr. Faustus."
Stacy Grooters (U of Washington): "Studying Imperial Literacies in Kipling's Kim."

Panel Six: "Women's Work--Personal and Philanthropic" (Rutherford 2)
Arlene Young (U of Manitoba): "The Queen and the Working Girl: The Evolution of the Idea of Work in the Lady's Newspaper, 1861-1900."
Kay Boardman (U of Central Lancashire): "'Light Comes to Those Who Dare to Think': Shafts, a Radical Departure in Publishing."
Cheryl Cassidy (Eastern Michigan U): "Taking the New Woman to the Mission Site: Louise Manning Hodgkins and the Heathen Woman's Friend."
Monica Flegel (U of Alberta): "The Child's Guardian and the League of Pity Paper: Nineteenth-Century Child Protection Discourse and the Periodical Press."


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