Thursday, February 02, 2012

Reminder: Charles Dickens: Births, Marriages, Deaths (5/15/2012; 10/19-20/2012)

Charles Dickens: Births, Marriages, Deaths
October 19-20, 2012
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Organized by The School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and The Department of English Language and Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

Co-organizers: Valerie Kennedy (Bilkent) and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Thessaloniki)

In Dickens’s bicentenary year we wish to invite proposals for papers on crucial thresholds, moments of transition, and life cycles as these are represented, questioned or complicated in Dickens’s writings. We invite contributions that explore these topics, including but not limited to papers which focus on the following:

  • Births (birth rituals; births of boys vs. birth of girls; legitimacy and illegitimacy; birth and class identity vs. innate identity);
  • Marriages (marriage and money; marriage and love; sadistic and masochistic marriages; marriage and theatrical performance);
  • Deaths (death by murder; death by drowning or 'accident'); funerals and theatrical performance; death and gender and social class).

Plenary speakers: Michael Hollington and Catherine Waters

Please send abstracts of 250 words to both Valerie Kennedy ( and Katerina Kitsi ( by May 15, 2012.