2005 Collaboration

American University, Washington, DC April 15-17



1-3:15 pm Registration

Batelle-Tompkins, the Atrium


3:15 Welcome

Kay Mussell, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


3:30-5:00 The Politics of Victorian Collaboration, the Atrium

Moderator: Carole Silver, Yeshiva University


  • Amy E. Martin, Mount Holyoke College, “Marx and Fenianism: Collaboration and Internationalism in Mid-Victorian Radical
  • Carolyn Betensky, University of Rhode Island, “Wishful Collaborations: Les Mystères de Paris, Victorian
    Social-Problem Novels, and Their Imaginary Working Class Readers”
  • Christine Bolus-Reichert, University of
    Toronto-Scarborough, “Two Royal Societies and the Search for a
    National Style”


5:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception, the Atrium


Dinner on your own


SATURDAY, April 16


8:30-9:30 Registration and Continental


9:30-11:30 Keynote Panel

Moderator: James Eli Adams, Cornell University


  • Tim Alborn, CUNY
  • Amanda Anderson, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Barbara Gates, University of Delaware


11:45-1:30 Business Lunch


1:45-3:15 Session A

When Two Become One: Conjugal Collaborations

Moderator: Jason Rudy, University of Maryland


  • Lesley K.D. Newhook, Dalhousie University, ” ‘How, Dearest, Wilt thou have me for Most Use?’: Influence and Collaboration
    in Robert Browning’s ‘Saul’ and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets
    from the Portuguese
  • Sarah Heidt, Kenyon College,
    “Composing the Carlyles: Late-Victorian Life-Writings’
    Collaborative Productions”
  • Michelle Sipe, University of Florida, “Victorian Collaborations: John and Jane Loudon’s Home and Garden Enterprise and the Gardenesque Revolution”


1:45-3:15 Session B

Collaborative Faultlines

Moderator: Fred Roden, University of Connecticut


  • Jill Ehnenn, Appalachian State University,
    ” ‘As long as that even flow continues’: Difference and
    Disidentification in the Collaborative Work of ‘Michael Field’ “
  • Kirsty Bunting, University of Birmingham, “Vernon Lee and Kit Anstruther-Thomson’s Collaborative Crisis: The Writing of Beauty
    and Ugliness
  • Charles La Porte, Vanderbilt University, “The Wise, Witty, and Collaborative Marketing of George Eliot’s Genius”


3:30-5:00 Session A

The Paradox of “Self-Collaboration”

Moderator: Sarah Gates, St. Lawrence University


  • Amanda Claybaugh, Columbia University, “Dickens’s Ghostwriter, Theodore Weld”
  • Rachel Buurma, University of Pennsylvania, ” ‘By One of the Firm’: Corporate Authority and Literary Collaboration in
  • Carol-Ann Farkas, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, “A Solitary Narrative: Collaboration and
    Individualism in the Rhetoric of Late Victorian Medical Women”


3:30-5:00 Session B

Together at Home: Collaborating in the Domestic Sphere

Moderator: Eileen Gilooly, Columbia University


  • Linda Peterson, Yale University, “The
    Sisters in Art
    : Theorizing and Practicing Artistic
  • Don Ulin, University of Pittsburgh; “Writing Home: Domesticity and Ideology in the Botham Sisters’ Trans-Atlantic
  • U.C. Knoepflmacher, Princeton University, “Partners Beyond the Nursery: Mothers and Their Creative Daughters”



5:30-6:30 Cash Bar


6:30-9:30 Banquet and Entertainment




8:30-9:30 Continental Breakfast


9-10:30 Forum on Teaching Victorian Studies

Moderator: Don Ulin, University of Pittsburgh


  • Debbie
    Byrd, Lafayette College
  • Robert
    DeGraaff, St. Lawrence University
  • William
    Lee, Yeshiva University
  • Eric Lorentzen, University of Mary Washington


10:45-12:15 Stages of Collaboration

Moderator: Cara Murray, Graduate Center, CUNY


  • Martin Willis, University of Glamorgan, “Conan Doyle, Houdini, and the Scientists”
  • Sean O’Toole, CUNY Graduate Center, “The Egoist Becomes a Play: Collaborative Authorship and the Late-Victorian
    Literary Marketplace”

Alan Fischler, Le
Moyne College, ” ‘If we meet, it must be as master and master’: The
Dialectics of Social Class in the Gilbert and Sullivan Collaboration”


SUNDAY, 12:30 Conference Wrap-Up

  • Jonah Siegel, Rutgers University
  • Aviva Briefel, Bowdoin