2000 Breakdowns



The Northeast Victorian Studies
Association 26th Annual Meeting

Sponsored by The Graduate Center—CUNY and Stern College for Women

Yeshiva University, New York City, April 14 –16, 2000

Anne Humpherys (CUNY) Site Committee Chair
Rob Jacklosky (College of Mount Saint Vincent) Program Committee Chair

Friday, April 14, 2000

1 p.m.- 4 p.m.:  Registration at Graduate CenterCUNY
Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York City. Unless
otherwise noted, all sessions will take place in the Recital Hall.


1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.:
Tours of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 E. 36th Street.
There will be two tour groups at each time. Because of limited space, this event
requires pre-registration.

3:30 p.m.:  Official Welcome

3:45- 5:15 p.m.:  Panel 1

“Throwing Stones at the Crystal Palace”Chair, Terri Hasseler, Bryant College
  • Laura C. Berry, U of Arizona:
    “Breaking Down the Body: ‘Telescopic Peepshows’ and the Great

  • Andrea Hibbard, U of
    Pittsburgh:  “Distracting Impressions and Rational Recreation at
    the Great Exhibition.”

  • Margaret Flanders Darby,
    Colgate: “On the Edge of Breakdown: The Late Victorian Glasshouse.”

6:00–7:30 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception at New York University’s Bobst Library,
and a guided tour of the Fales Collection by Marvin Taylor.

Dinner on Your Own



8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.:

Registration and Continental Breakfast at CUNY Recital Hall

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.PANEL 2


and Entering”Chair, Jonathan Loesberg, American U
  • Mary Leighton, U of Alberta: “The Critical Project of Romance: Matthew Arnold, Andrew Lang, and the Institution of English Literature.”
  • Carol Ann Farkas,
    U. of Alberta: “Aesculapia Victrix: Medical Women and the Breakdown of Educational and Professional
    Barriers, 1870-1900”
  • Eileen Gillooly, Columbia:  “‘Where the Animal Begins and the Vegetable Ends’:
    Chaos, Classification, and Mrs. Beeton.”


11: 45 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.


Business Luncheon, Rhoda L. Flaxman (President NVSA) presiding. Held
in the Dining Commons, CUNY.


1:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.: Concurrent Panels 3A and 3B


3A:  9thfloor, Graduate Center—CUNY.“Breaking Down Class and Race”Chair, Cannon Schmitt, Grinnell College 3B:  9th floor, Graduate Center—CUNY.“Anxieties “Chair: Tricia Lootens, U of Georgia
Michele Champagne, U of Michigan:  “The Gypsy and the Nation: Breaking Down the Rural and the Domestic in Wuthering Heights.”Lauren M.E. Goodlad, U of Washington:  “Dueling Pastors: The Break-Up of the New Poor Law and the Breakdown of Character, 1889-1909.”Jennifer Holt, Oxford University: “‘Breaking Down the Will’: Education,
Discipline, Punishment.”
Laura E. Franey,
Millsaps College:  “Mutilated Bodies, Fractured Meaning: Transformations in Victorian Imperial Discourse.”Natalka Freeland, U of Alberta:  “Broken Down Matter: Rubbish in the Victorian Period.”Rowena Fowler, U of Bristol:  “Blougram’s Wager, Guido’s Odds: Browning, Chance and Statistics”

4 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m.:

“Interdisciplinarity at its Breaking Points” 

Moderated by Adrienne Munich, SUNY-Stonybrook.

  • Amanda S. Anderson, Department of English, Johns Hopkins
  • Lynda Nead, History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London.
  • Judith Walkowitz, Department of History, Johns Hopkins


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.:  Cocktails in Dining Commons.

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.:

NVSA Banquet in Dining Commons.

8:30-9:30 p.m.: Victorian Dance Troupe: “Terry and Jim Historical
Dancing, 1840-1925” perform period dances.



8:30- 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Stern College for Women,Yeshiva

Location: Schottenstein Hall, Stern College for Women, 29th and Lexington Avenue.


Forum on Teaching Victorian Studies: Generic Breakdowns.

Chair, Paula Krebs, Wheaton College

Participants  include



  • Richard Dellamora (Trent U.)
  • Glenn Everett (U. of Tennessee at Martin)

  • Lucretia Flammang (US Coast Guard Academy)

  • Molly Hillard (U.C-Davis)

  • Vincent A. Lankewish (Penn State U.)

  • Catherine Robson (U.C.-Davis)


SUNDAY Concurrent Panels 4A and 4B

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Schottenstein Hall


4A:  “Madness”:Chair, Will Lee, Yeshiva U


: “Terrorism”:

Chair, Frederick S. Roden, U of Connecticut


Desmond Dewsnap, USC:  “Broken Homes and Publishing Scoundrels: A Late Victorian Myth.”

Felicity Callard, Johns Hopkins: “Groundless Fear: Accounts of Agoraphobia in Late Victorian Medical Psychology”

Kathy Psomiades, Notre Dame: “Give Him a Kiss with Vengeance: Savagery, Madness and the Breakdown of Marriage in The Eustace Diamonds.”

Carolyn Dever, Vanderbilt:  “The French Connection: Agents Provocateurs and The Victorian Guilty Conscience.”

John E. Luebering, U of Chicago.  “The Effect of Powder: Dissolving Irish Identity after

Tanya Agathocleous,
Rutgers.  “London Mysteries and International Conspiracies: James, Conan Doyle and the Aesthetics of Cosmopolitanism.”


12:30 p.m. Jonathan Rose Sums Up Conference Proceedings