2007 Conference & Annual Meeting

Time and the Victorian Press

September 14-16, 2007

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA


2007 registration fee: $100.00 ($50.00 grad-student rate). Includes continental breakfasts, tea and coffee breaks, business lunch, and reception.

Kindly direct questions about local arrangements and audio-visual requests to David Latané at dlatane @ vcu.edu. Send program queries to Mark Turner at mark.2.turner @ kcl.ac.uk.

Read David's CONFERENCE BLOG for the latest news and conference musings.

Recommended Lodging

We have reserved a limited number of rooms at each of these hotels. Please make your individual reservations with the hotel as part of the RSVP conference block.

Linden Row Inn http://www.lindenrowinn.com/
100 E Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 783-7000
Rate: $99/night
Reservation Deadline: 8/13/07
Individuals should call the hotel at the number listed above or toll-free at 800-348-7424 and request the "RSVP Block" group rate to receive the quoted price.

DoubleTree Hotel
301 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 644-9871
Rate: $99/night
Rooms must be booked before 23 August. Attendees must phone 804-644-9871 and mention the "VCU English department conference" to get the rate when making the booking.

Additional Accommodations

Many of these hotels offer special rates to persons visiting the VCU campus. Please inquire when making your reservation. Contact hotels directly for rate information and reservations.

Apple Suites
814 E Main St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 344-8121

The Berkeley Hotel
1200 E Cary St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 780-1300

Budget Inn of Richmond
2201 N Lombardy St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 321-6978

Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel
901 Bank St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 343-7300

Comfort Inn
3200 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23230

Crowne Plaza
555 E Canal St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 788-0900

Emmanuel Hutzler House
2036 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23220-2708
(804) 353-6900

Grace Manor Inn
1853 W Grace St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-9441

Holiday Inn: Richmond Central
3207 N Blvd
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 359-9441

Holiday Inn
2000 Staples Mill Rd
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 359-6061

The Jefferson Hotel
101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 788-8000

John Marshall Hotel
101 N 5th St
Richmond, VA 23219-2203
(804) 783-1929

Lions Inn Bed & Breakfast
905 W Grace St
Richmond, VA 23220-4124
(804) 355-7265

Marriott Hotels: Richmond Mariott
500 E Broad St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 643-3400

Massad House Hotel
11 N 4th St
Richmond, VA 23219-2215
(804) 648-2893

Omni Hotel
100 S 12th St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 344-7000

Quality Inn
201 E Cary St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 788-1600

Call for Papers

The call for papers can be downloaded here.




Pre-Conference Activities

7:00 - 10:00

Board Meeting and Dinner (Alumni House Boardroom).

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (Scott House)

8:15 - 9:15

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 2:00

Book and database display: Library and Dining Room

9:30 - 11:00

1. Time in the Dust: Drawing Room

Chair: James Mussell (University of Birmingham)

Michelle Allen (Naval Academy), '"Through this link of pen and paper": The Immortal and Ephemeral in the Periodical Publication of Rider Haggard's She.'

Virginia Zimmerman (Bucknell Univ), 'Times Traces: Material Epistemologies of Past, Present and Future in the Nineteenth Century.'

Andrew M. Stauffer (Boston Univ), 'Dickens, Egypt and the Curse of Paper.'

2. Rituals of Time: Conference Room

Chair: Mark Turner (King's College London)

Melisa Klimaszewski (De Pauw Univ), 'A Forgotten Genre: The Christmas Number.'

Melissa Valiska Gregory (Univ of Toledo), 'Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions and Charles Dickens's "Other" Christmas Tales.'

Kathryn Henderson (Univ of Iowa), 'Speaking of the Past in "Memory at Cranford": Elizabeth Gaskell and the Readers of Household Words.'

11:15 - 12:45

3. Women and Time I: Drawing Room

Chair: Alexis Easley (Univ of St Thomas)

Andrea Broomfield (Johnson County Community College), 'Getting Dinner to the Table: Isabella Beeton and the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine Confront New Cooking Technologies and Changing Times.'

Sarah McNeely (Texas State Univ), '"To Carry on a Conversation": Reading the Reader in the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine.'

Kim Duong (Univ of Saskatchewan), 'Selling Beauty: Illustrated Soap Advertisements in Myra's Journal of Dress and Fashion, 1875-1912.'

4. Histories in Time: Conference Room

Chair: Jennifer Phegley (Univ of Missouri--Kansas City)

Sally Mitchell (Temple Univ), '"Our Special Correspondent" in Richmond, April 1865."

David H. Stam (Syracuse Univ) and Deirdre C. Stam (Long Island Univ), 'Polar Shipping News: Periodical on Polar Expeditionary Ships, 1818-1914.'

Robert P. McParland (Felician College), 'The Rush of the Stage Coach, The Turn of the Page: American Readers' Responses to A Tale of Two Cities in All the Year Round.'

1:00 - 2:30

Lunch, followed by Business Meeting: Rodney Room, VCU Shaffer Court Dining Center

2:45 - 4:15

5. Poetic Time: Drawing Room

Chair: Herbert F. Tucker (Univ of Virginia)

Robert Patten (Rice Univ), 'Taking Tennyson's Serial Poem Serially.'

Kathryn Ledbetter (Texas State Univ), 'Magazine Poetesses: Creating a Safe Space for the "Young Lady Who Writes."'

William H. Scheuerle (Univ of South Florida), 'The Interweaving of Poetry and Engravings in the Pictorial Album.'

6. Fashions of Time: Conference Room

Chair: Katherine Saunders Nash (Virginia Commonwealth Univ)

Cheryl A. Wilson (Indiana Univ of Pennsylvania), 'Here and Now: Fashionable Novels in the Periodical Press.'

Emily Gerhold (Virginia Commonwealth Univ), 'Fashion, Morality, and Nostalgia in Early 19th Century Periodicals.'

Cathleen Rhodes (Old Dominion Univ), 'Shapeshifters: Refiguring the Nineteenth-Century Female Body.'

7. Children's Time: Dining Room

Chair: Sally Mitchell (Temple Univ)

Kristine Moruzi (Univ of Melbourne), 'A Sign of the Times: The Decline and Fall of Atalanta and the Monthly Packet.'

Elizabeth Harlan (George Washington Univ), 'Childhood Nostalgia in Aunt Judy's Magazine.'

4:30 - 6:00

Michael Wolff Lecture: Hibbs Hall, Room 303.

Joel Wiener (Professor Emeritus of History, City Univ of New York), '"If there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog": Some Reflections on Transatlantic Journalism in the Nineteenth Century.'

Wine and cheese reception to follow.


Reception: Scott House



8:30 - 9:30

Continental Breakfast: Hibbs Hall 328

Book and Database Display: Hibbs Hall 308

9:30 - 11:00

8. Women and Time II: Hibbs Hall 303

Chair: Deborah Morse (College of William and Mary)

Alexis Easley (Univ of St Thomas), 'Women Writers and Celebrity News at the Fin de Siècle.'

Jennifer Phegley (Univ of Missouri-Kansas City), '"I Not Only Worshipped Her, She Was a Necessity to Me": Nostalgia, Feeling, and Professionalism in Sons' Memoirs of the Lives of Ellen Price Wood and Mary Elizabeth Braddon.'

Alison McMonagle (George Washington Univ), '"Shall we remain magazine-ing?": Florence Nightingale, Religious Reform and the Readership of Fraser's Magazine.'

9. Political and Cultural Formations: Hibbs Hall 403

Chair: Nicholas Frankel (Virginia Commonwealth Univ)

Russell Mark Wyland (NEH), 'Reading Habits of the Oxford Literary Club.'

Edward H. Jacobs (Old Dominion Univ), 'The Politicization of Everyday Life in Cleave's Weekly Police Gazette (1834-36).'

Deborah Mutch, 'Re-Righting the Past: Periodical Fiction, Socialist Historiography, and the Road to the New Life.'

11:15 - 12:30

Plenary Roundtable Discussion: The Digital Future (Is Now): Hibbs Hall 303

A discussion on the impact of digital technologies in periodicals research, chaired by Patrick Leary. Panelists to be confirmed.

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch: on your own

2:00 - 3:30

10. Periodicity and Ephemera: Hibbs Hall 303

Chair: Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian Univ)

Laurel Brake (Birkbeck College), 'Ephemera? Time-management and Serial Publication.'

Maria Frawley (George Washington Univ), 'Days of Our Lives: Periodicity, Ephemerality, and the Almanac.'

James Mussell (King's College London and NCSE), 'Writing the "Great Proteus of Disease": Periodical "Literature" and the 1890 Influenza Pandemic.'

11. Heritage and Tradition: Hibbs Hall 403

Chair: Elizabeth Harlan (George Washington Univ)

Manuela Mourão (Old Dominion Univ), 'Remembrance of Things Past: Literary Annuals' Self-Historicization.'

Winnie Chan (Virginia Commonwealth Univ), 'The Empire Bites Back: the Thanksgiving Menu's Post-Colonial Rhetoric.'

3:45 - 5:15

12. Images of Time: Hibbs Hall 303

Chair: Laurel Brake (Birkbeck College)

Kay Heath (Virginia State Univ), 'Tempus Edax Rerum: Midlife Anxiety in the Victorian Periodical Press.'

April Austin (Univ of Missouri-Kansas City), 'A Sign of the Times: Animals and the Great Exhibition of 1851.'

Molly C. Youngkin (Loyola Marymount Univ), 'Time as Narrative Progression in Art Reviews from the Athenaeum, 1844-54.'

13. Novelists, Critics, Periodicals: Hibbs Hall 403

Chair: Maria Frawley (George Washington Univ)

Deborah A. Logan (Western Kentucky Univ), '"I am, my dear Slanderer, your faithful Malignant Demon": Harriet Martineau, John Chapman and the Westminster Review.' Katherine Malone (Temple Univ), 'Ann Mozley's Sympathetic Criticism; or, "something in the process."' Brett C. Kolles (Univ of St. Thomas), 'Wilde Times and Bewildering Moves: Oscar Wilde's Complex Media Aversion and Attraction.'

14: Roundtable Discussion on Teaching Periodicals: Hibbs Hall 308

Chair: Robert Patten (Rice University)

Matthew Stovall (Univ of St Thomas), 'A High-School Teacher's Introduction to Victorian Periodicals.'

Jim Mussell (Univ of Birmingham), 'Teaching with the NCSE.' p>4:30 - 5:30

Coffee and Tea: Hibbs Hall 328

5:30 - 6:30

Plenary Lecture: Colby Prize Winner: Hibbs Hall 303

David Finkelstein (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh), 'Re-evaluating Blackwood and its Magazine.'


9:30 - 10:30

Post-Conference Activity: Walking tour of notable Richmond buildings by architectural historian Charles Brownell (approx. 45-60 minutes). Please e-mail dlatane @ vcu.edu to indicate your interest in this walk.

About the tour: The VCU area is rich in late-19th and early-twentieth century buildings, particularly along Franklin Street, in the “Fan District,” and on Monument Avenue. Dr. Brownell is an authority on the architecture of Thomas Jefferson and B. Henry Latrobe; a scholar of Palladianism; a co-author of the first general history of Virginia architecture, which won multiple awards; and a specialist in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architecture and decorative arts, particularly the Aesthetic Movement and the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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