Vol. IV

No. 10

Issues no 42: October-November 2007



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This page is edited by Dr Florina Tufescu.  Please send information to her at her e-mail address:
 « After we have discussed some Chambertin and a few ortolans, we will pass on to the question of the critic considered in the light of the interpreter »

As with the Calls for Papers, to which this forms a sequel, these items are given as a rolling list, new ones being added each month, old ones being removed on expiry.
Lectures, visits and other events arranged by specialist societies and associations are chiefly on
The Society Page
Conferences on theatre are listed in our section

Details are as supplied by our sources, but should be checked with the organisers.

French and Francophone conferences will be covered in greater detail in our sister publication rue des beaux-arts, the bulletin of the Société Oscar Wilde (branche française).

Click on its logo for its website, and contact the Editor, Danielle Guérin, if you have information for publication.

Click for direct access. will take you to an abstract or précis of the paper if so flagged.

Table of Contents

1.      Oscar Wilde Conference at Oxford

2.      Oscar Wilde: Putting Music into Words

3.      Ford Madox Ford

4.      George Gissing 

5.      George Moore 

6.      William Morris

7.      Fin de Siècle Studies at Oxford

8.      Books 

9.      Council for European Studies

10.  Digression in Literature

11.  Irish Women Writers

12.  Modern Love 

13.  19th Century Group at UCLA

14.  Victorian Literature & Culture at Harvard


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1.     Fin de Siècle Studies at Oxford


This is an interdisciplinary seminar series which aims to develop fresh perspectives on literature, society, and the arts in England between 1870 and 1920.  In the six years since its inception, the series has provided a vibrant forum for both graduates and established academics, hosting presentations on subjects as diverse as the ‘Aesthetic Eighties’, Jerome K. Jerome and the rise of the literary professional, Oscar Wilde and archaeology, trouble-making in George Moore’s fiction, Robert Bridges’ classical poetry, and the aesthetics of smell in literature and art.

Fin de Siècle has attracted the notice of a broad community of researchers both within and outside Oxford, who value its atmosphere of rigorous scholarly discussion. 

The splendid programme for this term is printed here:

Faculty of English Language and Literature
of Oxford


Michaelmas 2007 Programme

Tuesdays at 5.15 p.m. in the Meyerstein Room (11), St. Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford
After the seminar refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.
Convenor: Dúnlaith Bird (St. Catherine’s College)


Jeremiah Merceruio (St. Andrew’s)

‘Max Beerbohm and the Art of Decadent Illustration’

This will be published in our December edition.

Week 4, 30th October  
Dr. Peter Chapin (Iona College, New Rochelle, NY.)

Dracula, Hypnosis and the Literature of Possession’

Week 6, November 13th

Annabel Rutherford (York University, Canada)

‘The Case of Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and the Creation of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’


Julia Happ (University of Oxford)

‘Dekadenz in the German Fin de Siècle: plurality of discourses, literary theory and poetics’

Week 8, November 27th
Dr. Heike Bauer (University of London)
‘Sexual Semantics: Inversion and the Gender of the Fin de Siècle Subject’

Dr. Judy Greenway (University of East London)                                       
‘Black Cloaks and Green Carnations: Homosexuals and Anarchists at the Fin de Siècle’


For more details contact the Convenor, Dúnlaith Bird, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, OX2 6HS, Englande-mail @

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2.     'Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Digression in Literature'.


This conference and workshop will be held at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

30th November 2007.

To see the programme for this event, please go to:

To secure your place, please fill in the form at: and return it to Rhian Atkin at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, University of Leeds.

Registration is free of charge, and lunch will be provided for all those who return the registration form at least 48 hours in advance of the conference. The conference is primarily aimed at postgraduate research students, but all are welcome.

Leeds is easily accessible by car, coach, train or air. For detailed directions to the university, and to download a campus map, please see:


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3.     Oscar Wilde: Putting Music Into Words

14th October 2007

The Inaugural William Andrews Clark Lecture on Oscar Wilde and Music was given by Merlin Holland at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.  Tiffany Perala has provided for us a review/essay that appears in pour section ’And I? May I Say Nothing?’


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4.     Oscar Wilde Conference at Oxford, 8th March 2008


The Call for Papers for this has been issued and will be found on our NOTICEBOARD (click its logo for access).  Full coverage will be given, and this will be a good opportunity for Wildëans to gather and meet many of the team that has created and its constituent parts.


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5.     Nineteenth-Century Group at UCLA

Courtesy of Professor Jonathan Grossman, we are now receiving information about the programme of this group in the UCLA Department of English.  The papers presented are available in .pdf format and we will post those that treat of the period 1880-1914 in our section ‘And I? May I Say Nothing?’ when permission is given

Matt Dubord
Free, Brave, and Personal: Art and Politics in Henry James’s The Tragic Muse
4pm, Tuesday 6th November
Humanities 193

Adam Lowenstein
The 'Buxom Muse' Bursts Her Mold:
Serialization and the Failures of The Tragic Muse
4pm, Tuesday 20th November
Humanities 193


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6.     Victorian Literature and Culture seminars at the Harvard Humanities Center


15th November 2007

Stephanie Weiner (Wesleyan University). "Sound and Listening in Swinburne and Clare"

All are welcome. For more details, please see


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7.      Ford Madox Ford

A Conference on 'Ford Madox Ford: Visual Arts and Media' took place in Genoa, 17th-19th September 2007.  The Guest speakers were A. S. Byatt and Colm Toibin. We hope to carry more information about this in our next issue.


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8.     Morris Society Sessions at 2007 MLA Convention


Chicago, 27th-30th December 2007


For this year's annual convention of the Modern Language Association we are presenting two sessions of papers. The first session, ‘The Pre-Raphaelite (and Aesthetic) Family,’ moderated by Hartley Spatt, includes

·              Bansari Mitra, North Georgia College and State University, ‘'Goblin Market': A New Pre-Raphaelite Christian Myth’

·              Monica Duchnowski, New York University, ‘Morris in Context: The Pre-Raphaelite Family as Sign’

·              Pamela Gerrish Nunn, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, ‘Kate Greenaway's Place in the Pre-Raphaelite Family?’

For ‘Morris as Metatext: Editions/Printforms/Illustrations,’ the second session (chaired by Kathleen O'Neill Sims) the speakers are:

·              Elizabeth C. Miller, Ohio University, ‘Socialism in Walter Crane's Political Cartoons’

·              Charles Sligh, Wake Forest University, ‘'Love Clad as an Image Maker': The Morris Online Edition and NINES’

·              Florence S. Boos, University of Iowa, ‘Jason's Voyage from Notebook to Kelmscott Edition’

          For details of time and place and for other Morris events at the convention, please write or after 1 September.

          The topics for MLA 2008--should you wish to plan early--are ‘Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Prose’ and’William Morris: His Friends and Associates .’  Proposals are due 20th March 2008.

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9.     Irish Women Writers: National and European Contexts

Irish Women Writers: National and European Contexts, Leuven, Belgium 24th-27th October 2007

Contact: Elke D’hoker ( or Hedwig Schwall (

Confirmed Plenary speakers: Patricia Coughlan, Anne Enright, Ann Owen Weekes, Anne Fogarty and Sinéad Morrissey

With such recent publications as Volumes IV and V of the Field Day Anthology, the Greenwood Guide to Irish Women Writers and the Dictionary of Munster Women Writers, literature by Irish women has come to enjoy an unprecedented critical attention. Across the different genres of modern literature, the writing of Irish women has turned out to be more varied, rich and interesting than had previously been thought. This conference wants to demonstrate this richness by providing a platform for exchange of research and critical discussion on all aspects of the literature of Irish women writers, both in English and in Gaelic. We invite historical, theoretical, political, cultural or textual analyses of literary texts and would particularly welcome papers that seek to situate these texts within the larger framework of a female literary tradition, both in an Irish and in a European context. The larger cultural context of literary production and reception for Irish women writers of the last three centuries also provides topics for discussion.

The conference is hosted by the University of Leuven and The Louvain Institute of Ireland in Europe. The conference took place in the old Irish college in Leuven, which celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2007.  We will be carrying reports by Maureen O’Connor and Tina O’Toole.


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Bibliography Week happens each year at the end of January in New York City when many of the principal national organizations devoted to book history -- the American Printing History Association, the Bibliographical Society of America, the Grolier Club, among others -- have their annual meetings. Other groups plan interesting events,
too, and many of these are open to the public.

A preliminary schedule of Bibliography Week events for 2008 (22nd-26th January 2008) has been mounted on the Grolier Club website, at Please visit, and if you have any questions, comments, or corrections, send them to Eric Holzenberg, Director, The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, NY  10022. e-mail:  Website:


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10.     Council for European Studies

The Sixteenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies will be held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago from 5th to 8th March 2008.

Please visit the website at for more information about the event, including the Call for Papers submission form.

Nicholas Ross, Program Assistant, Council for European Studies, Columbia University, 420 West 118th Street, MC 3310, New York, NY 10027.  Tel. 212-854-4172.  Fax. 212-854-8808


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11.     Third International George Gissing Conference: Writing Otherness: The Pathways of George Gissing's Imagination



 27-28 March 2008 (Thursday & Friday following the Easter weekend)


The efforts of scholars in the last half-century have served to confirm George Gissing's ranking among the major writers of fiction of his age. The steady flow in recent years of multifaceted comment on his writings speaks for itself, and the impressive amount of unpublished material made available over the last two decades is providing invaluable new clues to his artistic practices. Interestingly, Gissing's growing pertinence is not merely that of a leading exponent and translator of late Victorian culture. His art is also increasingly regarded as rooted in his recognition of separateness, understood as aesthetic gesture as much as theme.


Advisory Committee: Professor Pierre Coustillas (University of Lille 3);  Professor Constance Harsh (Colgate University); Dr Christine Huguet  (University of Lille 3); Dr Simon J. James (Durham University); Dr Emma  Liggins (Manchester Metropolitan University); Dr Diana Maltz (Southern  Oregon University); Dr Bouwe Postmus (University of Amsterdam); Dr John  Sloan (Harris Manchester College, Oxford).


More details will be given here as they become available.


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12.     An Investigation of Modern Love

18th-23rd May 2008


The Durrell School of Corfu will host 'An Investigation of Modern Love', an international seminar, at its Library and Study Centre, 18th-23rd May, 2008.  Dr. Shere Hite and Professor Joseph Boone, University of Southern California, will act as moderators.  More details will be given here as they become available.


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13.     SHARP 2008: Teaching & Text


Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies Oxford Brookes University, Oxford,

24th-28th June 2008


The sixteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will be held at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University, 24th-28th June 2008.


Our conference theme, Teaching and Text, reflects the historical and contemporary position of Oxford as a seat of learning and a centre of academic and professional publishing. It will be developed through an opening plenary lecture by Professor Juliet Gardiner, author of Wartime Britain 1939-1945, and by a panel on the History of Oxford University Press led by Professor Simon Eliot, Chair in the History of the Book at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. There will also a special panel on Literary Prizes and a closing panel featuring Dr Peter McDonald, Dr David McKitterick, Dr Sydney Shep, and Professor Kathryn Sutherland which will debate the future of the discipline.


The AGM will be hosted by Oxford University Press, and followed by a reception. Additional social events will include a banquet at Magdalen College and receptions at Blackwell's bookshop and the Bodleian Library.


There will also be pre-conference graduate workshops at the Bodleian, OUP and Brookes.


Conference website:


Organising committee: Claire Squires & Jane Potter (Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies), Ian Gadd (Bath Spa University) & Kate Longworth (Magdalen College, Oxford).


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14.     George Moore


The Conference 'George Moore and his Contemporaries', University of Hull, will take place on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September 2008.  Watch our sister journal Moorings for details.

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