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 …

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

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 …

sitemanagerConference report on In Harkness’ London’ now available

Thursday 26 February 2015, Frederick Burwick: ‘The Staging of Byron’s Corsairs’

Professor Frederick Burwick (UCLA) When: Thursday 26 February 2015, 7:40 – 9:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Professor Frederick Burwick (UCLA) will give a talk on ‘The Staging of Byron’s Corsairs’. Professor Burwick has recently published British Pirates in Print and Performance (Palgrave, 2015) and will discuss the literary, social and political dimensions of piracy on …

sitemanagerThursday 26 February 2015, Frederick Burwick: ‘The Staging of Byron’s Corsairs’

Wednesday 11 March 2015, Anna Henchman: ‘Darwin’s Earthworms and the Sense of Touch’

Anna Henchman (Boston) When: Wednesday 11 March 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Abstract: Darwin’s 1881 Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Action of Worms is a testament to the extraordinary work of ordinary earthworms—millions of them—that process and smooth the English countryside. Darwin meticulously observes how earthworms use the primordial sense …

sitemanagerWednesday 11 March 2015, Anna Henchman: ‘Darwin’s Earthworms and the Sense of Touch’

Wednesday 4 February, Dominic Janes: ‘Picturing the Victorian Closet’

Dominic Janes (Birkbeck) When: Wednesday 4 February 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD In this seminar I will be presenting my recent research project that explored the visual culture of the ‘spectacle of the closet’ outlined in relation to literature – and specifically with reference to Proust’s character, the Baron de …

sitemanagerWednesday 4 February, Dominic Janes: ‘Picturing the Victorian Closet’

Wednesday 28 January 2015, Roundtable on the Our Mutual Friend Reading Project

Speakers include Michael Slater (Birkbeck) and Holly Furneaux (Leicester) When: Wednesday 28 January 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD The first event of the spring term for the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies will feature Professor Michael Slater (Birkbeck) and Holly Furneaux (Leicester) discussing the latest instalment of Our Mutual Friend, as …

sitemanagerWednesday 28 January 2015, Roundtable on the Our Mutual Friend Reading Project

CFP: Conference on the Arts and Feeling

Call for Papers 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); Professor Michael Hatt (University of Warwick); Professor Jonah Siegel (Rutgers); Alison Smith (Tate Britain) “She saw no, not saw, but felt through and through a picture; she bestowed upon it …

sitemanagerCFP: Conference on the Arts and Feeling