A special session on the relation between science and sensation in the work of Wilkie Collins at the Midwest Modern Language Association 2013 conference that focuses on the theme or Art and Artifice.
Accused of such literary crimes as sensationalism and dilettantism, Collins is too often dismissed as a writer of lighter fare, passed over for studies of the period's more serious writers - like Dickens, for instance, with whom he worked closely as a journalist for Household Words and as a a dramatist. This session puts Collins and his work in the critical spotlight, looking from an interdisplinary perspective at how Collins's writing explored deeper social issues - marriage, sexuality, ethics and science, to name but a few - while catering to his audience's taste for art and artifice.
We are particularly interested in papers that explore Collins' writing that receives less critical attention.
Deadline for abstracts June 14, 2013
Please submit a 300 word proposal and a brief bio to
Professors Elizabeth Anderman and Erika Behrisch Elce: