2001 Nocturnes




The Northeast Victorian Studies Association Annual Meeting – 2001

Brown University, Providence, R.I.  April 27-29, 2001

Rhoda Flaxman (Brown U) Site Committee Chair
Jonah Siegel (Rutgers U) Program Committee Chair

FRIDAY, April 271:00-4:00 Registration1:30 or 2:30 Tours of John Hay Library Collection

3:30 Welcome (Salomon, 001)

Paul Armstrong, DOC

3:45-5:15   Night Visions

Chair: Will Lee (Yeshiva U)

  • Thomas Prasch (Washburn U) “London by Gaslight: Paul Martin’s Nighttime Photographs and the Aesthetics of Pictorialism”
  • Tamara Ketabgian (U of Utah) “The ‘Night Side of Nature:’ Mesmerism, Martineau, and the World of Force”
  • Ivan Kreilkamp (U of Chicago) “Black Arts: Browning’s ‘Mesmerism,’ ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’ and Early Photography”

5:15-6:15 Reception and Viewing at List Art Gallery

7:00 Dinner on your own

SATURDAY, April 28

8:30-9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast at Faunce House (75 Waterman St.) Petterutti Lounge

9:30-11:30  Keynote Panel: “Periodization and the Nineteenth Century”

Moderated by Suzy Anger (U of Maryland)

  • Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt U)
  • George Levine (Rutgers U)
  • Susan Wolfson (Princeton U)
  • Ruth Yeazell (Yale U)

11:45-1:30 Business Luncheon–Petterutti Lounge

1:45-3:15 Session A Dark Silence, Darkling Song

Chair: Tricia Lootens (U of Georgia)

  • Daniel S. Kline (Ohio State U) “The Music of the Margins of the Night: Tradition and Innovation in the Victorian Serenade and Aubade”
  • Lara Freeburg (U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) “Christina Rossetti and the Silence of the Night”
  • Christopher R. Miller (Yale U) “Tennyson’s Post-Romantic Evenings”

1:45-3:15 Session B    Dark Stories

Chair: Eileen Gillooly (Columbia U)

  • Dominique Berthiaume (U of Saskatchewan) “Phantasmagoria: Conjuring the Ghosts of
    Victorian Realism”
  • Anna Henchman (Harvard U) “Nocturnal Reconnoiters: Hardy’s Star-Gazers”
  • Vanessa L. Ryan (Yale U) “Body Conscious at Mid-Century: ‘Unconscious Cerebration’ in the Victorian Novel”
3:30-5:00    Under Cover of NightChair: Talia Schaffer (Queens College)

  • Jo Chimes (U of Manchester) “Darkness on the ‘City of Manchester:
    Regulation and Transgression in Nineteenth-Century Emigration”
  • U.C. Knoepflmacher (Princeton U) “The Nocturnal Kipling”
  • Rosemarie Bodenheimer (Boston College) “Dickens, Nightwalker”

5:30-6:30 Cocktails at Faculty Club

6:30-8:30 Banquet at Faculty Club

8:30-9:30 Musical Entertainment:

Gordon Clarke Ramsey, “Transfigured Night”

SUNDAY April 29

8:30-9:30 Continental Breakfast

Petterutti Lounge

9-10:30 Forum on Teaching Victorian  Studies

Moderator: Paula Krebs (Wheaton College)

Participants include:

  • Alison Booth (U of Virginia)
  • Maribel Molyneaux (La Salle U)
  • William Sharpe (Barnard College)
  • Ruth Ann Smalley (College of St. Rose)

10:45-12:15 Session A

Trauma or Indigestion? (Dreams explained)

Chair: Robert M. DeGraaff (St. Lawrence U)

  • Karen Odden (New York U)  “‘The Railway Dragon, A Nightmare’:
    The Victorian Train Wreck, Dreams and Trauma”
  • Nicola Bown (Birkbeck College, U of London) “What is the stuff that dreams are made of?”
  • Jonathan C. Glance (Mercer U) “Revelation, Nonsense or Dyspepsia: Victorian Dream Theories”

10:45-12:15 Session B

Nights Out

Chair: Dan Senes (CUNY)

  • Gita Panjabi (New York U) “There was no lamp near:” Jack the Ripper and the Visual Rhetoric of Detection”
  • Roberta M. Marvin (U of Iowa) “Celestial Bodies and ‘an erring sister’s shame:’ The Censorship of Verdi’s Operas in Victorian London”
  • Edward Lessor (Syracuse U) “Notes on a Victorian Ratfight: The  Cultural Capital of Social Investigation”

12:30 Conference wrap-up

Anne Humpherys (CUNY)

and Rob Jacklosky (College of Mount Saint Vincent)