Dickens Day 2015: Dickens, Readers and Reading

Saturday 10 October 2015 The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet St., London, WC1E 7HU Reading is a powerful thing in Dickens’s novels. David Copperfield says of his childhood that ‘reading was my only and my constant comfort’. He goes on, ‘when I think of it the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play …

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Thursday 22 October 2015, David McAllister: ‘”Better Thoughts of Death”: Dickens, Association Psychology and the Birth of the Garden Cemetery’

David McAllister (Birkbeck) When: Thursday 22 October 2015, 7:30 – 9:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Abstract: ‘If I have put into my book anything which can fill the young mind with better thoughts of death’, Dickens said after the publication of The Old Curiosity Shop, ‘I shall consider it as something …

sitemanagerThursday 22 October 2015, David McAllister: ‘”Better Thoughts of Death”: Dickens, Association Psychology and the Birth of the Garden Cemetery’

The Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Full Programme Now Available

Birkbeck College, University of London, 16-18 July 2015 Keynote Speakers: Professor Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute of Art, London); Professor Tim Barringer (Yale University); Meaghan Clarke (University of Sussex); Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California); Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck, University of London); Professor Michael Hatt (University of Warwick); Lynda Nead(Birkbeck, University of London); Professor Jonah Siegel (Rutgers); Alison Smith (Tate Britain) This conference …

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Thursday 4 June, Panel on Adapting ‘Our Mutual Friend’ for TV and Radio

Featuring Sandy Welch (screenwriter, BBC TV adaption), Mike Walker (writer, Radio 4 adaptation), Jeremy Mortimer (producer, Radio 4 adaptation). When: Thursday 4 June 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Birkbeck Cinema, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Event Report by Jess Hindes and Emma Curry: Last week we were incredibly fortunate to welcome Sandy Welch, Jeremy Mortimer, and Mike Walker to …

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Thursday 28 May, Sue Zemka: ‘Prosthetic Hands and Phantom Limbs’

Sue Zemka (Colorado) When: Thursday 28 May 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Listen to a recording of Sue’s talk here:

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Wednesday 29 April 2015, Sean Grass: ‘“What money can make of life”: Willing Subjects and Commodity Culture in “Our Mutual Friend”’

Sean Grass (Iowa) When: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Abstract: Beginning with the proposition that Our Mutual Friend takes commodity culture and capitalist exchange as two of its central concerns, this paper argues that Dickens’s novel explores the processes by which Victorian capitalism both commodified the …

sitemanagerWednesday 29 April 2015, Sean Grass: ‘“What money can make of life”: Willing Subjects and Commodity Culture in “Our Mutual Friend”’

Thursday 23 April, Roundtable on the ‘Sculpture Victorious’ exhibition, featuring Michael Hatt and Jason Edwards

Michael Hatt (Warwick) and Jason Edwards (York) When: Thursday 23 April 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Abstract: The first event of the summer term for the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies will feature Professor Michael Hatt (Warwick) and Professor Jason Edwards (York) discussing the ‘Sculpture Victorious’ exhibition, currently …

sitemanagerThursday 23 April, Roundtable on the ‘Sculpture Victorious’ exhibition, featuring Michael Hatt and Jason Edwards

Thursday 19 March 2015, Screening of the film Sea Without Shore, in association with BIMI and the ICA

When: Thursday 19 March 2015, 6:00 – 9:00pm Where: Birkbeck Cinema, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Screening of the film Sea Without Shore (2014), featuring A.C. Swinburne’s poetry, followed by a panel discussion with the Directors  Andre Semenza and Fernanda Lippi, Professor Isobel Armstrong, (Birkbeck), and Dr Caterina Albano, (St Martins, University of the Arts, London). Panel chair: Dr …

sitemanagerThursday 19 March 2015, Screening of the film Sea Without Shore, in association with BIMI and the ICA

Thursday 5 March 2015, Panel on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Marble Faun’ (1860)

Panellists include Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck) and Victoria Mills (Cambridge) When: Thursday 5 March 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Room 112, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Catharine Edwards: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Marble Faun, or the romance of Monte Beni (1860), instantiates and reinforces a particular protestant, perhaps American protestant, view of Rome; this is a city profoundly corrupted by a myriad of …

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Conference report on In Harkness’ London’ now available

In November 2014, Birkbeck hosted a one day symposium on the life and work of Margaret Harkness. Supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies, the event brought together a diverse range of papers which considered Harkness’ work in the context of London’s Victorian slums as well as the lives, ideas and priorities of marginalised groups during the period, with …

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