IN EXTREMIS: THE LIMITS OF LIFE, DEATH AND
CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY

Venue: School of English, Drama and Film, Newman Building, University College Dublin.

Friday 10th January

9:30 Registration
Tea/Coffee

10:00 Keynote Address
Angela Wright (University of Sheffield)
'"A feeling experienced by all, understood by none": On grieving and ghosts.'

11:30–12:00 Tea/coffee

12:00–1:00 ‘Neurotic States’
Gary Hutchison (Durham University)
‘Political Excitement in Victorian Britain’
Sharon Murphy (Dublin City University)
'"That was how I earned the treasure”: The Sign of Four and the Traumatic Story of Jonathan Small.’

1:00–2:00 Lunch

2:00–3:30 Parallel Sessions
“Bodily Fictions”
Giorgia Hunt (Dublin City University)
'"We are all nervous, but I fancy there is nothing like a little hard work for that kind of weakness”:
Male Hysteria in Sheridan Le Fanu’s In a Glass Darkly.’
Christine Hawkins (Queen Mary University of London)
‘Occult Detectives: The Figure of the ‘Expert’ Male Doctor, Animal Phantoms and Fused Bodies.’
Leanne Waters (University College Dublin)
‘“Diseased with Intelligence”: Performing Esoteric Wisdom in Robert Hichens’ The Garden of Allah (1904).’

“Subjugated female bodies”
Daisy Butcher (University of Hertfordshire)
‘The Empty Tomb and the Barren Womb: Menopause and the Female Mummy.’
Caroline West (Dublin City University)
‘Cornflakes, Carbolic Acid and Vibrators: How the Female Clitoris Survived the Nineteenth Century.’
Ellen O’Sullivan (University College Cork)
‘Sex and Empire; An Examination of the Contagious Diseases Acts in Ireland.’

3:30–3:45 Tea/coffee

3:45–5:15 “Bodies and Boundaries”
Alissa Adams (University of Texas of the Permian Basin)
‘Curing a Reputation: Napoleon’s Autopsy in the Popular Imagination’
Porscha Fermanis (University College Dublin)
‘Queer Mixed-Race Bodies and the Politics of Interracial Romance in Sygurd Wiśniowski’s Tikera or Children of the Queen of Oceania (1877)’
Simona di Martino (University of Warwick)
‘Late Eighteenth-Century Sepulchral Literature: An Archaeology of the Italian Gothic.’

Presentation of Postgraduate Bursaries followed by conference dinner (venue TBC)


SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY

9:30–11:00 Parallel Sessions
“Nervous Bodies”
Greta Columbani (University of Cambridge)
‘Death, Sympathy and Altered States of Consciousness in Keats’s Isabella.’
Rachel Sulich (University of Leeds)
‘”Feeble [...] Nerves” and Fatal Feelings: The Suicidal Body in George Cheyne’s The English Malady.’
Tara Lee (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
‘Our “little curtain of flesh”: Skin and the Psyche in the Works of William Blake.’

“Extreme States”
Rosie Whitcombe (Birmingham City University)
‘An Epistolary Death: Disease and Dying in the Letters of John Keats’
Olga Springer (Dublin City University)
‘”It may be the extreme of mortal misery”: Images of Psychological Crises in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.’
Tristan Burke (University of Leeds)
‘Death, the Body, and the Community without Qualification: The Politics and Aesthetics of Terrorism in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.’

11—11:30 Tea/Coffee

11:30–1:00 Parallel sessions
“The Body as Text”
Hayley Braithwaite (University of York)
‘Legible Bodies: Culpability, Character and the Corporeal in Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya, or the Moor.’

Natasha Anderson (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
‘Mobility and Madness of Medical Bodies in Victorian Literature.’
Fionnuala Dillane (University College Dublin)
‘Scrambling Interpretation: Opaque Bodies in George Eliot’s Late Work.’

“Embodied Minds”
Jennifer Moriarty (Birkbeck, University of London)
‘Phantom Limbs, Spiritual Bodies: Anatomy of the Victorian Afterlife.’
Greta Perletti (University of Trento)
‘”[T]o Feel Powers at Work in the Common Air Unfelt by Other”: Receptiveness, Second Sight and the Vanishing Body in Late Victorian Literature and Culture.’
Dara Downey (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Leonora Piper and the Societies for Psychical Research.’

1:00–2:00 Lunch

2:00–3:30 “Contagious bodies”
Andrew Carpenter (University College Dublin)
‘A Fatal Jab? Poems about Death from Inoculation in Eighteenth-Century Ireland.’
Marine Galiné (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
‘Catharsis and Catastrophe: Dissecting Femininity in William Carleton’s The Black Prophet (1847).’
Jessica Everard (University of Hull)
‘Death and the Irish Wake in the Work of Bram Stoker.’

3:30 Closing remarks

 
 

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