Tuesday, 28 February 2012

April reading group at Durham

Attendance at the NENC monthly reading group has been growing steadily over the past few months. In particular, we have been pleased to welcome a number of new members from Durham University. With membership of the group as a whole expanding over the three universities, we feel this should be recognised by moving towards rotating the hosting role between Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham universities.

Accordingly, the Easter session of the reading group will be held at Durham University on Thursday 19 April, at 2pm. Naomi Carle will lead the session, which will focus on romance and realism at the fin de siecle. Naomi is a PhD candidate at Durham, and is working on Robert Louis Stevenson in relation to Bakhtin's chronotope theory, and the post-romantic imagination. Further details and reading materials will be circulated closer to the time, including arrangements for members based in Newcastle who wish to travel down together.

This session will take place during the Easter break so we recognise that not everyone may be able to attend; however if you are in town we encourage you to come down. After the reading group there will be time to wander around Durham and, of course, conclude at the pub!

We hope to see many of you there.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Calls for papers: a weekly round up

Transporting Bodies and Minds: 18th- and 19th-Century Travel 15 September 2012, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Throughout  the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, travelers of all kinds  documented their experiences in private letters and diaries, official  correspondence, life writing, spiritual and religious narratives, and  ethnographic accounts. Furthermore, these experiences were often  transformed into works of art, with real and imagined moments of contact  serving as the inspiration for painting, music, poetry, prose fiction,  photography, and other creative ventures. These aesthetic productions transformed the foreign into the national, the known into the unknown,  appearing to expand access to other cultures—a model of cultural  transportation that recent criticism is troubling.


Scholarship  drawing on theories of post-colonialism, gender, material and visual  culture, cognitive studies, posthumanism, and other critical paradigms  has challenged our understanding of the impact—not just aesthetic, but  also commercial, martial, and religious—of travel in the eighteenth and  nineteenth centuries. This work has made strides in elucidating a more  dynamic picture of the way travel and cultural encounter could transform  (or fail to transform) prior understandings of both time and space.  Moreover, it has allowed for a more capacious appreciation of how  influence happens, extending beyond more uni-directional, Eurocentric  approaches.


The University of Michigan’s Eighteenth-Century Studies  Group and Nineteenth-Century Forum will co-host an interdisciplinary  graduate student conference on these topics,to take place in Ann Arbor  on September 15, 2012. Graduate  students are encouraged to submit papers that explore the implications  of travel, tourism, boundary crossing, exploration, and other related  topics—from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Submissions of  either individual papers or full panels are welcome. Please send  abstracts of no more than 300 words to Karen McConnell by 1 May  2012.


Victorian Network - Sex, Courtship and Marriage across the Nineteenth Century


Victorian Network is an MLA-indexed (from 2012) online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.


The sixth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Dr Greta Depledge (Royal Holloway), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century constructions and understandings of sex, courtship and marriage. Although the heteronormative and companionate marriage was vital for economic and reproductive reasons - as well as romantic impulses - recent scholarship has illuminated its status as but one of several diverse paradigms of marriage/sexual relationship accessible to the Victorians.


Across the nineteenth century, profound crises of faith, extensive legal reforms and the new insights afforded by the emergent discipline of anthropology all contributed to a culture of introspection about the practice of marriage, at the same time as advances in science and medicine opened up new interpretations and definitions of sexual practices and preferences.


Submissions, of no more than 7000 words, on any aspect of the theme, should be received by 30 May 2012. Further information can be found here. 


Writing Mothers\Daughters: 1780-2012, 28 June 2012, Newman University College, Birmingham

Women’s writing owes its current prominence to the major achievements of second-wave feminist scholars who sought to recover its past and shape its present. They articulated a ‘political need’ to establish a female literary history as well as a ‘continuing need’ for women to ‘claim cultural legitimacy through authorising themselves’ (Eagleton, 2005). This project placed particular emphasis on the Romantic period as an age of proto-feminist activity and established a literary line between these foremothers, their nineteenth-century daughters, and an emerging body of contemporary women writers.

The legacy of this literary line can be seen in the tendency of writers and critics to privilege women who identify as daughters, thus examining post-war female subjectivity in terms of an often fraught relationship with the mother. Recent writing and criticism has begun to reverse this perspective by prioritising the mother’s point of view and the examination of maternal subjectivities.

This one day conference seeks to examine representations of mother\daughter relationships – past and present – and to show that by attending to these narratives we can more acutely assess the varied and shifting dynamics between mothers and daughters as they exist within a range of historical, cultural and spatial contexts.

Abstracts of 250 words and a short biographical note should be emailed to both K.Myler@staff.newman.ac.uk and J.Banister@leedsmet.ac.uk before Friday 30th March. More information on the conference can be found here.




Saturday, 18 February 2012

Reading Group Report: 'Faust in the Machine Age: Myth-making and Critics of the Industrial Revolution'


Led by Kate Katigbak (Durham University)

16 February 2012
Texts Discussed:
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust Parts I and II (1806-1832)
Thomas Carlyle, Signs of the Times (1829)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (1848)


In this session, the reading group was once again delighted to welcome new members from Durham and Newcastle Universities. This seminar sharpened the focus of the previous session on the relationship between Romanticism and science, by exploring how nineteenth-century writers linked the decline in artistic inspiration to the rise of commercial values. We opened our discussion with a reading of Goethe’s Faust Parts I and II. It was considered how a variety of economic thinkers can be viewed as aligning growing industrialisation with the dynamic, yet unsettling pact made between Faust, the secluded genius, and Mephistopheles, the Devil. Faust is faced with a dilemma as to whether a lifetime of sensual experience and infinite knowledge is worth eternal damnation. Parallels were thus made between this Faustian pact, and commercial developments that promised prosperity at the cost of inverse proportions between wages and profits. By considering how capitalist gain could only be achieved by the reduction of human beings to automata, it was suggested that Goethe’s Faust can be seen as relevant to contemporary economic debates. Furthermore, it was remarked how Part II incorporates capitalist themes, such as a critique of paper money and concepts of land ownership. As a result, it can be said that Goethe not only discusses commercial themes in Faust, but also suggests how capitalism has cultural as well as economic implications.

This led us into a discussion of how Goethe’s work can be contrasted with other Faustian narratives, such Marlowe’s play of 1604. It was remarked how, unlike his predecessors, Goethe considers Faust’s relationship with Mephistopheles as being a wager, rather than a pact. As a result, rather than portraying Faust as irrevocably damned, Goethe suggests that he has the opportunity to becomes master of his own fate. That Faust escapes the clutches of the Devil at the play’s conclusion, provides an interesting reading in relation to capitalist values. The discussion then developed into exploring how Goethe’s work was admired by the Victorian economists Thomas Carlyle and Karl Marx. Carlyle was a lifelong admirer of Goethe, writing various articles that praised his work, as well as corresponding with the author himself. Similarly, Marx was influenced by Goethe’s philosophy as well as his Romantic reputation, especially in terms of his own early literary aspirations. We found these tensions between Romantic concepts of freedom and changing economic values to be interesting. It was considered whether Marx rejected Goethe’s emphasis upon individual genius, in terms of his interest in the community and its dynamics. Furthermore, despite his conservatism and nostalgic view of the literary as well as historical past, Carlyle was attracted to Goethe’s views on the benefits of self-interest. We remarked how Goethe balances emotion with intellect in his work, and that this can explain how his philosophy appealed to economic writers.

We then discussed Carlyle’s essay in detail. It was considered how his suspicion towards print culture contradicted his determination to publish lengthy volumes of his works. However, such reticence can be seen as connected to the fraught political climate in England following the French Revolution, and concerns over the diffusion of the ‘wrong sort’ of knowledge. We also thought about how Carlyle’s conservative stance led him to admire Enlightenment political economists like Adam Smith and David Hume, whilst condemning the reductive conclusions of utilitarians such as Jeremy Bentham and James Mill. This led us to consider how these writers defined social ‘happiness’. Carlyle condemned Bentham’s moral code as having, ‘more Mathematics than ever; but less Mathesis’. This suggests that Bentham and his disciples value only the empirical conclusions of mathematics, rather than the enlightened and even imaginative process that underpins them. Similarly, Marx considered how both the ‘causes’ and ‘effects’ of happiness were very different across the social spectrum. For example, he contrasted the demand for luxuries amongst the aristocracy, with the wage dependencies of labourers. In this respect, Carlyle and Marx anticipated John Stuart Mill’s attempts to extend utilitarian ideas into a wider cultural sphere. Furthermore, both can be viewed as foreshadowing aspects of postmodern thought, in their criticism of ‘the noise of the world’.
Another major theme of this session was how such approaches to capitalism shaped attitudes towards education. Carlyle always encouraged intellectual development, and emphasised spiritual as well as academic growth. It was suggested that, despite his rejection of utilitarianism, he would have supported Malthusian proposals for parochial education. In contrast, Marx began his career as an admirer of the French Revolution. An interesting point was made about how Marx first published The Communist Manifesto in France in 1847, although it did not gain notoriety until the 1870s. In terms of his rhetoric, it was also suggested that Marx’s lament for the decline in family values seems to respond to Edmund Burke’s anti-Jacobin propaganda in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). Whilst Marx criticised capitalism as undermining revolutionary principles, Carlyle aligned it with utilitarian ideology that made institutional religion and government redundant. It is interesting that Charles Dickens admired Carlyle in this respect, with Hard Times (1854) reflecting his anti-utilitarian stance.

We concluded by returning to Goethe’s work. It was commented how Faust degenerates from a man of feeling and intellectual curiosity, into a sidelined figure who rapidly loses control of an increasingly industrialised society, with its specialised approaches to economic growth. Furthermore, we observed how Goethe’s admiration for Renaissance values, with their thirst for all-encompassing intellectual powers, explained his appeal to Romantics like Byron and Shelley. Faust’s comment that ‘all knowledge’ eventually ‘disgusts him’ can be aligned with Goethe’s concerns that commercial advances were eroding the possibility of a cultural view of history. Nevertheless, by focusing upon how his ideas were developed by Carlyle and Marx, such a dichotomy becomes problematic. Rather than questioning whether capitalist concerns can be perceived in a cultural light, this session contemplated whether such a union is positive or negative, in both the Nineteenth Century and beyond.


By Leanne Stokoe, Newcastle University.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

'Perceptions perfectly novel': Romantic experiments with nitrous oxide

We can all empathise, I think, with the experience of doing some reading in a particular area, perhaps as background or contextual information to a more central component of our research, and of being led down a side path into material that is too interesting to be abandoned, but not strictly relevant to the matter at hand. Well, this has happened to me, and rather than discard what I came across, I offer it here as (hopefully) an interesting diversion from whatever you should be doing and a springboard for further discussion.

My current research focusses on the poetry and prose Sara Coleridge, daughter of S.T. Coleridge, and in particular on her understanding of the imagination as located within the physical body. In this context I have been reading about eighteenth century theories on the relationship between the mind or spirit and the body.

Coleridge himself arrived, via a circituous philosophical route through the materialist theories of Locke and Hume, at a firm belief in transcendentalism and the absolute separation of body and soul. This was a position with wide currency: the idea that the soul did not transcend the physical brain but instead had its roots in messy materiality was abhorrent (not to mention potentially blasphemous) to many people in late eighteenth century Britain.

However, as always, nothing is ever that simple. The following are a series of first-hand accounts of experiments with nitrous oxide or 'laughing gas', which I found in Roy Porter's Flesh in the Age of Reason. The 'medicinal' benefits of nitrous were first posited by Dissenting preacher, chemist and general polymath Jospeh Priestly, and explored more thoroughly in 1799 by Dr. Thomas Beddoes, friend and one-time doctor to Coleridge, and his assistant the future Sir Humphry Davy. Davy published his experiments in 1800 as Researches, Chemical and Philosophical; Chiefly Concerning Nitrous Oxide, or Dephlogisticated Nitrous Air, and its Respiration.

Davy's experiments were largely carried out on himself, and his report includes observations on his experiences. He writes:
'By degrees as the pleasureable sensations increased, I lost all connection with external things; trains of vivid visible images passed through my mind and were connected with words in such a manner as to produce perceptions perfectly novel. I existed in a world of newly connected and newly modified ideas. I theorised; I imagined that I made discoveries. When I was awakened from this semi delerious trance by Dr. Kingslake [...] I endeavoured to recall the ideas, they were feeble and indistinct; one collection of terms, however, presented itself : and with the most intense belief and prophetic manner, I exclaimed to Dr. Kingslake;- "Nothing exists but thoughts! - the universe is composed of impressions, ideas, pleasures and pains!"'
This account is hilariously redolent of certain undergraduate behaviour and also interesting in terms of what is going in the language - but we will get to that later. Davy of course encouraged his boss Dr. Beddoes to have a go, and the good doctor reports on taking the gas that
'I felt as if composed of finely vibrating strings.'
Word of the wonderful gas and its particular properties soon passed to his patient Coleridge. Never one to willingly forgo substance experimentation, Coleridge tried the gas and recorded that
'the only motion which I felt inclined to make, was that of laughing at those who were looking at me'
and that he felt
'more unmingled pleasure than I had ever before experienced.'
Coleridge informed his close friend Southey, who duly had a go and then wrote to his brother
'such a gas has Davy discovered [...] I have had some; it made me laugh and tingle in every toe and finger-tip. Davy has actually invented a new pleasure, for which language has no name.'
There are lots of things that could be said about these accounts in view of eighteenth-century concerns about the relationship of body and soul, Romantic treatments of the body, sensation and the limitations of language. What really interests me is the moments of slippage when these men, a mixture of scientists and poets, try to describe how they experience the gas (in this context I think it's particularly interesting that Davy titles his 'researches' as being both chemical and philosophical, suggesting, perhaps, that scientific discovery can help reveal or be revealed by philosophy).

All four emphasise the sensations caused by the gas - it makes them physically feel. But in Davy's account, sensation engenders a falling-away of the physical world. He 'lost all connection with external things' and experiences instead (he claims) a world comprised entirely of thought. When he comes round, this is the one idea he retains and attempts to communicate: that 'Nothing exists but thoughts!' Even as he tries to sustain this claim, however, the physical slips back in through the language of sensation. The universe is not just comprised of ideas, but of 'pleasures and pains'. What precisely is thought, what is sensation and whether sensations are experienced through the container of the body or in some more nebulous way are all questions that Davy's account raises, but it seems to me that at the very least what's happened here is a complication, unwitting or not, of the idea of the body and soul as binaries.

The other thing I notice, particularly in Coleridge's account, is this suggestion that bodily sensation overrules the mind in the moment of intoxication (in Davy's too - it is sensation that leads to speculation). I find this particularly interesting because part of Coleridge's famous distinction between imagination and fancy is a belief that the spiritual mind, and especially the imagination, is 'free' of the body and above succumbing to physicality. Coleridge has lots of reasons for such a position, not least his ongoing struggles with illness and addiction and his inability to produce a coherent body of work. In a letter he describes his body as ‘diseased and fevered by my imagination’, making his body subject to his mind, but the opposite is happening here: physical sensation directs his inclinations and he indulges in another bodily action, laughing.

Finally, Southey's description of a pleasure for which language has no name gets to the heart of the Body Studies dilemma: can language represent sensation and embodiment (well, can language represent anything, of course, but that's a whole other argument)? If it can, does that mean we must accept Foucault's position that the body is only a social or linguistic construct, and if it can't then isn't the body being displaced by language? How could we posit a body that has materiality without also saying that its existence is prior to knowledge about it?

As you can see, I find these accounts extremely suggestive. If anyone else has any thoughts on them or on any of the issues I've raised, please do wade in! Similarly, if you find yourself with some interesting material that needs a home, email us and we can arrange for you to write it up on the blog.

Works cited (and some further reading, for those who are interested)


Allard, James Robert. Romanticism, Medicine and the Poet’s Body (Aldershot; Burlington V.T.: Ashgate, 2007)

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Biographia Literaria. Ed. & intr. George Watson (London: J.M. Dent; New York: E.P. Dutton, 1956)

---.The Collected Letters, 6 vols, ed. Earl Leslie Griggs (London:
Clarendon, 1956-71)

Foucault, Michel. The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception. Trans. A.M. Sheridan Smith (New York: Vintage, 1994)

Porter, Roy. Flesh in the Age of Reason (London: Penguin, 2004)


Richardson, Alan. British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Calls for papers: a weekly round up


Words on the Page, and the Meanings Beyond: The Innovative Interpretation of Manuscripts,  The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 26-27 April 2012

Expressions of interest are sought from both potential contributors to, and participants in, the forthcoming conference on the interpretation of manuscripts.  The Wordsworth Trust is undertaking research into the innovative use of manuscripts to further engagement and learning.  This follows a similar conference held in March 2011, and the completion of a report funded by the Designation Development Fund in Spring 2011.  

As well as facilitating a greater understanding of a person’s life and creative process through analysis of a text (poetry, prose, correspondence, etc) the aim of the conference is to explore meanings within a manuscript and its history that go beyond interpretation of the words on the page.  Creating an understanding of a manuscript’s emotional value to its contemporaries (for its content, but also as an object in itself) is essential to understanding its importance today, and its physicality can be as significant as its content when doing so.  The formality of the handwriting for example, or the nature of underlinings and deletions, as well as the circumstances of its composition, its purpose and its intended audience, provide a sense of direct access to its author and emotional engagement with the historical figures with which the manuscript is associated.

The purpose of the conference is to:

  1. Examine the textual, physical and emotional meanings of manuscripts; the equal importance of textual analysis and the manuscript as artefact.
  2. Report on and discuss recent projects.
  3. Discuss and develop ideas for interpretation, using the Wordsworth Trust’s DDF project interventions as a case study.

The learning from the conference and its follow-up activities will be widely disseminated, and a further workshop will be held in September.

The organiser seek a gathering of people of different backgrounds: learning and interpretation specialists, scholars, archivists and curators.  

Please email Jeff Cowton, Curator at The Wordsworth Trust if you wish to attend as a general participant, give a paper or lead a discussion on purposes 1 or 2 above. There will be no charge for attending the conference, and we will offer funding towards contributor’s expenses.  Please note that space is limited, and it may not be possible to accommodate everyone wishing to attend.

The DEADLINE for submission of proposals is Thursday 23 February 2012.

James Hogg and the Romantics: 2012 James Hogg Conference 29-30 June 2012

The next Biannual James Hogg Conference will be jointly hosted by the James Hogg Society and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. It will take place at the University of Glasgow from Friday 29 to Saturday 30 June 2012. A trip to Burns country is planned for Sunday 1 July.

The theme of the conference is “James Hogg and the Romantics”. The conference will provide an opportunity to explore the nature of Hogg’s relationship with other Romantic writers and welcomes, in particular, papers relating to all aspects of Hogg’s relationship with Scottish Romanticism.

Papers on topics related to the life and works of James Hogg and to Hogg's literary connections and influence are also welcomed. Reading time should not exceed 20 minutes.

Proposals or abstracts should be sent by 29 February 2012 to Dr Kirsteen McCue.


Manuscript and Print in the Eighteenth Century 23-24 May 2012 

This two-day interdisciplinary conference at Sheffield University investigates the relationship between an expanding print culture and the continuing power of the hand-written form.Though print was undoubtedly in the ascendant during the period, it was through manuscript practices of writing and archiving – not print – that most people had contact with the written word.

The deadline for abstracts is 16 March 2012. You can find the full call for papers and register for the event here; for more information about the conference please email Karen Harvey and Joe Bray at manuscriptandprint@sheffield.ac.uk.

Science and Literature 1800-Present: Two Cultures or Co-evolution? Postgraduate conference, Keele University 12 May 2012

15 minute papers are sought for a one-day postgraduate conference on the intersections between literature and science from 1800 to the present day.

Proposals of 200-300 words for 15 minute presentations are sought by the deadline of 31 March 2012. Please send proposals and any queries to Emilie Taylor-Brown, Jo Taylor and Katie McGettigan at: litscikeele@gmail.com. The full call for papers and further information can be found here.

'Speculations': the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies' postgraduate and early-career conference, Salamanca (Spain), 13-14 June 2012

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference seeks proposals for individual papers addressing any aspect of the long eighteenth century, as well as proposals for fully comprised panels of three or four papers, roundtable discussions or other ‘alternative format’ sessions.

The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Speculations’, and thus proposals that consider eighteenth-century speculations of any kind are particularly welcomed. The full call for papers and further information on the conference including accommodation and bursaries can be found here. Please note that you must be a member of BSECS in order to submit an abstract through the website.

The deadline for abstracts is 20 April 2012.










Thursday, 9 February 2012

Interdisciplinary workshop: Exploring Liminal States of Mind


NENC members may be interested in attending the following workshop at Northumbria University:


Exploring Liminal States of Mind is a one day, interdisciplinary workshop organised by Northumbria University’s Situating States of Mind research group. It will be held on Friday 16 March at Northumbria University, 121 Lipman Building.

The workshop will explore ‘in-between’ mental states, such as sleep, dreaming and the unconscious, from the medieval period to the nineteenth century. Speakers are drawn from the fields of philosophy, literary studies and history, and the day closes with an interdisciplinary roundtable. It promises new cultural understandings of the mind’s least classifiable modes and mechanisms.


The workshop is open to all and is free to attend. Sessions begin at 9.30. For further details contact the organisers, Sasha Handley, Anita O’Connell or Peter Garratt.




Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Calls for papers: a weekly roundup


Race, Nation and Empire on the Victorian Popular Stage, July 2012

This conference, to be held in Birmingham, will be the third in a series of three organised as part of the AHRC-funded project on the 'Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837-1902'. The organisers seek  papers broadly exploring theatrical representations of the landscapes, religions and peoples Britons encountered as part of their imperial project, as well as those which engage the two-way traffic of imperialism: that is, how Britons and their colonial project were represented in overseas sites, both by Britons abroad and those people and landscapes who became the subject of the colonial gaze. More information on the conference and on the Victorian Pantomine project can be found here.

The deadline for proposals for 20 minute papers, up to but not exceeding 300 words, should be sent to Peter Yeandle (p.yeandle@lancaster.ac.uk) by no later than 23 March 2012.

CFP: Robert Browning’s legacy(ies) and transition(s), 6-7 December 2012

Proposals for papers are invited for an international conference to be held at Lyon 2 University (France) on 6 and 7 December 2012, as part of the bicentennial of the birth of Robert Browning.

Too often relegated to the Victorian shelves of neglected literature, too often identified exclusively as the inventor of the dramatic monologue — also known as the Victorian monologue —, too often considered to be a difficult, if not obscure, poet, the victim of the readers of his century, who discovered him late, Robert Browning was blamed by the Victorians precisely for what the Modernists treasured in his poetry. By turns Romantic, post-Romantic, Victorian, and post-Victorian, Robert Browning’s works spanned almost the entire Victorian era, looking backwards to rediscover the Romantic period, and forward to herald the arrival of the Modern period, through innumerable complex poems, which he himself questioned and reworked. The main question about such a legacy is the reason why his contemporaries rejected it whereas the poets and readers to come would be proud of it. What are the traces he left in Victorian poetry that would survive their author unexpectedly and in spite of him? How and why is it possible to say that Browning’s poetry is one of legacy(ies) and transition(s)?

Proposals (300 words max.) for 30-minute papers in English or French should be sent by April 30th 2012 at the latest, accompanied by a short cv, to the following e-mail address: Jean-Charles.Perquin@univ-lyon2.fr.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Lecture series: Dickens and Art at the University of Hull

The University of Hull is celebrating the Dickens Bicentenary with an exciting lecture series on Dickens and Art.

Programme

 8 February:  Dr John Drew (University of Buckingham): 'The excessive realism of his mental vision: Dickens and art'

13 February:  Professor Kate Newey (University of Birmingham): 'Sketches by Boz: Charles Dickens, Visual Culture and the theatre'

23 February:  Professor Andrew Sanders (University of Durham):  Dickens and London

1 March:  Professor Malcolm Andrews (University of Kent): Dickens and the Picturesque

8 March: Professsor Neil Sinyard (University of Hull): 'Kindred Spirits: the Influence of  Charles Dickens on the cinematic artistry of Charlie Chaplin' 

All lectures start at 6pm and are in the Middleton Hall on the University campus.

Admission Free. The series is organised by the Ferens Fine Art Committee, in conjunction with the Victorian Studies Centre. Enquiries to Professor Valerie Sanders: 
V.R.Sanders@hull.ac.uk. More information about the Victorian Studies Centre, which was launched in 2009, can be found here.