2010 Fighting Victorians!





APRIL 16th-18th, 2010


1:00-4:00 pm Registration and Dinner Sign-Up 010 East Pyne Foyer
2:00 -3:00 pm Special Victorian Curiosities Library Visit and Museum Tour:(Space is limited and prior registration is required; see below.) Firestone Library andPrinceton Museum of Art
4:00 pm Welcome 010 East Pyne
4:15-5:45 pm Staged Fights:  Ulrich Knoepflmacher (Princeton U), Moderator

  • Greg Vargo (Columbia U), “Revenge in the Age of Insurance:
    Villains and Institutions in Chartist Melodrama”
  • Evan Rhodes (U of Virginia), “‘Hitting Below the Intellect’:
    Oscar Wilde’s Libel Trial and the Aesthetics of Boxing”
  • Daniel Pollack-Pelzner (Harvard U), “Bardolatry Battles
010 East Pyne
6:00-7:00 pm Reception Chancellor Green Rotunda
7:00-9:00 pm DinnerAt Friday registration, we will have a list of local restaurants (all
within walking distance) with blocks of seats reserved for the NVSA
conference. Please sign up for one of these restaurants at the conference
registration. Groups can leave for dinner directly from the reception.
 in Town
9:00 pm Following dinner, please join us for a special Fighting Victorians event:Dramatic Reading: The Pickwick Papers, Trial Scene 010 East Pyne


8:00-9:00 am Registration, Breakfast, Book Tables 010 East Pyne Foyer
9:00-10:45 am Keynote Panel: Seth Koven (Rutgers U), Moderator

  • Anna Clark (U of Minnesota)
  • Elaine Hadley (U of Chicago)
  • Alex Woloch (Stanford U)
010 East Pyne
10:45-11:00 am Coffee 010 East Pyne Foyer
11:00 am-12:30 pm At the Limits of Conflict: Sarah Gates (St. Lawrence U), Moderator

  • Rachel Ablow (SUNY Buffalo), “The Feeling of Belief: Victorian
    Fictions of Disagreement
  • Jonathan Farina (Seton Hall U), “Not Thrashing and Not Knowing;
    Or, ‘That banging about of another man with a stick is always
    disagreeable and seldom successful’”
  • Rebecca Rainof (Catholic U), “Victorians in Purgatory: The Poetics
    of Conciliation, Or Why The Dream of Gerontius was So Popular”
010 East Pyne
12:30-2:15 pm Lunch
The Saturday lunch, a convivial event at which topics are proposed
and voted on for the following year, is a long-standing tradition;
everyone is warmly encouraged to attend and participate.
Chancellor Green Hyphen
2:30-4:00 pm Solidarity, Separation, and the Nation: Jonathan Loesberg (American U), Moderator

  • Sebastian Lecourt (Yale U), “Religion, Culture, and the Mormon
  • Richard Bonfiglio (U of Chicago), “Bringing Home the Fight:
    Barrett Browning’s Domestic Warfare”
  • Sarah Gracombe (Stonehill College), “Fighting for Englishness:
    Anglo-Jewish Bodies and the Body Politic”
010 East Pyne
4:00-4:15 pm Coffee 010 East Pyne Foyer
4:15-5:45 pm Session A Sanctioned Violence: Will Lee (Yeshiva U), Moderator

  • Ingrid Hanson (U of Sheffield, UK), “‘I saw the battle awake’:
    William Morris’s Late Poems and the Uses of Violence in Verse”
  • Lawrence Poston (U of Illinois, Chicago), “‘These Oxford
    Squabbles’: Zeal on Behalf of the Church”
  • Judith Plotz (George Washington), “The Moral Torturers: Kipling
    and the Uses of Comic Cruelty”
010 East Pyne
4:15-5:45 pm Session B Genres of Disagreement: Linda Shires (Yeshiva U), Moderator

  • Meredith Conti (U of Pittsburg), “Pugilism in Print and the Ibsen
    Controversy: Reevaluating the Codes of Victorian Debate at the Fin de Siècle”
  • Kelly Mays (U of Nevada, Las Vegas), “The ‘Battle of Styles’
    and the Emergence of the Term Victorian”
  • Anne DeWitt (Princeton U), “Genre and Victorian Argument: What
    Fiction Did for Antivivisection”
036 East Pyne
6:15 pm Reception Prospect House
7:00 DinnerPost-Dinner Entertainment: Music Hall Performance and Sing-Along Prospect House


8:00-9:00 am Breakfast and Book Exhibit 010 East Pyne Foyer
9:00-10:30 am Histories of Violence: Stefanie Markovitz (Yale U), Moderator

  • Muireann O’Cinneide (National U of Ireland, Galway), “‘His own
    mind was the theatre of a breathless strife’: Fighting, Feelings, and Genres in Alexander Kinglake’s Eothen and The Invasion of the Crimea”
  • Patrick O’Malley (Georgetown U), “Fighting Irish: M. L.
    O’Byrne’s Battles”
  • Aaron Worth (Boston U) “Fighting Neanderthals: Prehistoric
    Violence in the Victorian Age”
010 East Pyne
10:30-10:45 am Coffee 010 East Pyne Foyer
10:45 am-12:15 pm Figuring Struggle: Judith Wilt (Boston College), Moderator

  • Jessica Kuskey (Syracuse U), “Vampires versus Socialists: The
    Politics of Violence and Victimization in the Working-Class Press”
  • Katherine Matson (U of Virginia), “‘Is it peace or war?’:
    Aggression and the Limitation of Liability in Tennyson’s Maud”
  • Aviva Briefel (Bowdoin College), “Crimes of the Hand: Detection
    and the Belgian Congo”
010 East Pyne
12:15-1:00 pm Conference Wrap-Up

  • Jeff Nunokawa (Princeton U)
  • Carolyn Williams (Rutgers U)
010 East Pyne

Rooms are available at the Nassau Inn, located within walking distance of
campus and the Princeton train. (Ten Palmer Square East, Princeton NJ 08542).

The conference rate is $132 and is guaranteed until March 15th. Call
800-862-7728 or 609-9217500 and mention “NVSC” to make your reservation.
*PLEASE BOOK EARLY*. You can find directions and amenities listed at http://www.nassauinn.com.


If you are staying at the Nassau Inn, you will be able to walk from the
Princeton University train station to Palmer Square or take a taxi if needed. It
is a 10 minute walk. To find information on train schedules, visit http://www.njtransit.com.
(You will need to take the small train called the “dinky” from
Princeton Junction to the Princeton campus, so buy your ticket to
“Princeton.”) There is also limited Amtrak service to Princeton
Junction. (If you take Amtrak, you will need to purchase a separate “dinky”
ticket from New Jersey Transit to get from Princeton Junction to Princeton
campus.) http://www.amtrak.com.
For shuttle service to/from the airport, contact Olympic Airporter: http://www.olympicairporter.com.
Princeton University is easily accessible from Newark and Philadelphia airports.

For information about parking on campushttp://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/aroundcampus/parking/

Library and Art Museum Visits

The Princeton University Library and Princeton University Museum of Art have
organized two special sessions on Friday for NVSA participants. The Library
visit will include a small special session focusing on Princeton’s extensive
collection of Victorian curiosities as well as a tour of the current exhibit of
authors’ portraits. The Museum visit will feature artworks related to this
year’s conference theme. Each tour is limited to 14 participants. For

more information about the collections: http://www.princeton.edu/%7Erbsc/