2009 Victorian Everyday

NVSA – Victorian Everyday

Victorian Everyday

The Northeast
Victorian Studies Association

Wellesley College

April 3-5, 2009


[Pre-conference: 12:30-2:00 pm Informal Panel for Wellesley Students, Founders Hall 106]

1:00-4:00 pm Registration: Wang Campus Center, Information

1:30-3:45 pm Exhibit: Ruskin, Browning, and Others:
Wellesley College Library, Special Collections (Space is limited and prior registration is required; see below.)

4:00 pm Welcome: Margaret Clapp Library, Library Lecture Room

4:15-5:45 pm Common Words, Commonplace Sounds: Margaret Clapp Library, Library Lecture Room

Rachel Teukolsky (Vanderbilt U), Moderator

  • Daniel Pollack-Pelzner (Harvard U), “The Exotic DemoticWellerisms and Everyday Language”

  • Janice Schroeder (Carleton U), “Everyday Sound as Extraordinary in Adam Bede”

  • Jonathan Farina (Vanderbilt U), “Whoever explains a ‘but’: Everyday Words and the Epistemology of Victorian Chatter”

5:45-7:00 pm Reception: Wang Campus Center, Anderson Forum

Informal buffet dinner at Babson


8:00-9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast: Pendleton Hall, Atrium

9:00-10:45 am Keynote Panel: Pendleton West 212

Tricia Lootens (U of Georgia), Moderator

  • Tim Barringer (Yale U)

  • Laurie Langbauer (U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

  • Ruth Yeazell (Yale U)

10:45-11:00 am Coffee: Pendleton Hall, Atrium

11:00am-12:30 pm The Scientific Mundane: Pendleton West 212

Anna Henchman (Boston U), Moderator

  • John Plotz (Brandeis U), “Primitive HabitsSignificant Trivia and the Birth of Victorian Anthropology”

  • Mark Frost (U of Portsmouth), “Opening Our Eyes to the Everyday: John Ruskin, Moss and Iron”

  • Pascale McCullough Manning (U of Western Ontario), “Darwin’s Autobiographies and the Post-evolutionary Everyday”

12:30-2:15 pm Lunch: Wellesley College Club, Main Dining Room

2:30-4:00 pm Everyday Poetics: Pendleton West 212

Carolyn Williams (Rutgers U), Moderator

  • Andrea Gazzaniga (U of North Carolina, Charlotte), “An Everyday Poetics: Processing Experience in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s
    Sonnets from the Portuguese

  • Jason Rudy (U of Maryland), “Everyday Poetry, London to Sydney”

  • Marjorie Stone (Dalhousie U), “The Poetics and Practices of ‘Everyday Life’: The Brownings’ Love Letters, the Dramatic Monologue,
    and the Wellesley Manuscript of Aurora Leigh”

4:00-4:15 pm Coffee: Pendleton Hall, Atrium

4:15-5:45 pm Session A: Customary Worship: Pendleton West 212

Judith Wilt (Boston C), Moderator

  • Amy King (St. John’s U), “Reverent Form: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Everyday”

  • Paul Yeoh (Rutgers U), “Everyday in The Christian Year

  • Evan Horowitz (U of North Texas), “Everyday Afterlife”

4:15-5:45 pm Session B: Habitual Perception: Pendleton West 117

Jonathan Loesberg (American U), Moderator

  • Benjamin Morgan (U of California, Berkeley), “A Lot of Art is Boring: The Psychological Aesthetics of Grant Allen and Vernon

  • Jennifer Judge (York U), “‘Walking bundles of habits’ or Creatures of Volition?: The All-Importance of Habit in Victorian Theories
    of Character”

  • Sara Maurer, (U of Notre Dame), “Mary Russell Mitford’s Our Village: Keeping England in Place”

6:15 pm Reception: Wellesley College Club, Council Library,

7:00-10:00 pm Dinner Banquet: Wellesley College Club, Wall Room


8:00-9:00 am Continental Breakfast: Pendleton Hall, Atrium

9:00-10:30 am Interpreting the Everyday: Pendleton West 212

Sean O’Toole (Baruch College, CUNY), Moderator

  • Yuri Cowan (U of Toronto), “Medieval ThingsAntiquarianism and Victorian Historiographies of the Everyday”

  • Maia McAleavey (Harvard U), “Desires of TouchMarital Crisis and the Everyday”

  • Abigail Joseph (Columbia U), “Hyacinthus Goes to SalisburyWilde’s Trials and Errors of Transmission”

10:30-10:45 am Coffee: Pendleton Hall, Atrium

10:45 am-12:15 pm Daily Places: Pendleton West 212

Will Lee (Yeshiva U), Moderator

  • Barbara Leckie (Carleton U), “Whose Everyday? Architecture, Print Culture, and the Domestic Interiors of the Poor, 1840-70”

  • Mary Wilson Carpenter (Queen’s U), “Inside a Victorian Hospital: The Extraordinary Everyday”

  • Robert Sulcer (Hofstra U), “Keeping SchoolRomancing the Everyday”

12:15-1:00 pm Conference Wrap-Up: Pendleton West 212

David Kurnick (Rutgers U)

Rosemarie Bodenheimer (Boston C)

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The Friday dinner is an informal buffet
at Babson immediately following the reception. The cost is $20.00 (soup/salad,
main course, cookies, coffee). There will be a cash bar.

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.