2014 Victorian Senses


The Northeast Victorian Studies Association


Stony Brook University

April 11-13, 2014

FRIDAY, April 11

1:00/1:30 pm         Free Shuttle from Hilton to Carriage Museum; returns 3:00/3:30. Please see instructions below.

2:00-3:30pm         Registration:
Humanities Library, Stony Brook U

3:45pm                Welcome (Poetry Center, 2nd floor Humanities Bldg)

4:00-5:45 pm Sight: Will Lee (Yeshiva U), Moderator (Poetry Centre, 2nd floor Humanities Bldg)

  1. Natalie Prizel (Yale U), “Taking One’s Own Portrait: Blind Models in the Visual Sphere”
  2. Matthew Phillips (Rutgers U), “Prismatic Fiction: Vernon Lee’s Novel Color Theory”
  3. Victoria Ford Smith (U Connecticut), “Sketching the Smell of Lemons: Exploring the Senses at the Children’s Royal Academy”
  4. Natalie Phillips (U Maryland), “Making Sense in the Fog of War: Rudyard Kipling’s Boer War Poetry”

5:45 to 7:00 pm     Welcome Reception
(Humanities Bldg Lobby)

7:30 to 9:30 pm     Optional dinner off campus: The Curry Club. Please see instructions below.


SATURDAY, April 12

8:00-9:00 am         Breakfast
(Kinney Room, Hilton)

Book Exhibit (Marburger Room)

All panels on Sat./Sun. will take place in the Hilton’s Marburger Room.

9:00-11:00 am     Keynote panel: Jason Rudy
(U of Maryland), Moderator

  1. William Cohen (U of Maryland)
  2. Janice Carlisle (Yale U)
  3. Jules Law (Northwestern U)

11:00-11:15 am     Coffee Break

11:15 am-12:45 pm A Sense of Time: Jonah Siegel (Rutgers U), Moderator

  1. Matthew Sherrill (Rutgers U), “‘The seedling Now’: Lyric, Evolution, and Meredith’s Sense of Time”
  2. Justin Sider (Yale U), “Out of Time: Swinburne,
    Anachronism, and the Feeling of Distance”
  3. David Womble (U Chicago), “Afterlives of the

1:00-2:30 pm Lunch (Hilton Restaurant)

The Saturday lunch, a long-standing tradition, is a convivial event at which topics are proposed and voted on for the following year. All are welcome.

2:30-4:00pm     Touch: Vincent Lankewish (Professional
Performing Arts School), Moderator

  1. Heather Tilley (British Academy), “Visualizing Blindness:
    Nineteenth-Century Images of Tactile Reading”
  2. Ryan Fong (Kalamazoo College), “A Touch of the East: Whistler,
    Wilde, and the Haptics of Japonisme”
  3. Erik Gray (Columbia U), “The Poetry of Sensation, Reflection,
    and Osculation”

4:00-4:15 pm     Coffee Break

4:15-5:45 pm     Sensing the Body: Pearl
Brilmeyer (NYU Gallatin), Moderator

  1. David Allan Feller (Darwin College), “Evolution and Effluvium: The Olfactory Foundation of Darwin’s Theory of Selection”
  2. Zach Samalin (U Chicago), “‘Du Délire des Négations’: Jules Cotard’s Disappearing Subjects”
  3. Alan McNee (Birkbeck, U of London), “The Haptic Sublime and the ‘cold stony reality’ of Mountaineering”

6:00-6:45 pm     Cash Bar (Hilton Bar)

6:45-8:45 pm     Dinner Banquet (Kinney Room)

8:45 pm            Poetry Reading


SUNDAY, April 13

8:00-9:00 am     Breakfast (Kinney Room,

9:00-10:30 am     Sound: Michelle Boswell (U
of Maryland), Moderator

  1. David Coombs (Clemson U), “‘A Sort of Listening’: Pater, Helmholtz, and the Social Sense of Sound”
  2. Sarah Weaver (U of Cambridge), “Twisting the Victorian Tongue”
  3. Janice Schroeder (Carleton U), “Vocal Hygiene: Cleansing the ‘Slum Child’s’ Voice”

10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am -12:15 pm Generic Sensations: Tyson Stolte (New Mexico
State U), Moderator

  1. Aaron Worth (Boston U), “Uncanny Kinesis: Media Horror in the 1890s”
  2. Jessica Simon (Columbia U), “Illegitimate Sensations: The Senses, Affect, and Intellect in Victorian Sensation Genre Criticism”
  3. Marion Thain (U of Sheffield), “Lyric Feelings: The Tactile and the Affective”

12:15-1:00 pm Conference Wrap-Up

  1. Seth Koven (Rutgers U)
  2. Martha Vicinus (U of Michigan)

Friday Tour of Carriage Museum:  Please join us for a
pre-conference tour of the Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages (a
Smithsonian affiliate). Shuttle buses will depart at 1:00 and 1:30.