Friday, September 13, 2013

Tickets Available: VPFA Wilkie Collins Research Day (11/9/2013)

The VPFA is pleased to announce a Study Day devoted to the work of Wilkie Collins.
November 9th, 2013
Wilkie Collins: New Directions and Readings

Tickets are £10 and are available
here. Please note that lunch will not be provided

Welcome (Janice Allan and Joanne Ella Parsons)

Keynote by William Baker (Northern Illinois University): “Wilkie Collins: Scholarship and Criticism Past, Present and Future”

11:15-11:30: COFFEE

Tabitha Sparks (McGill University), “Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady and Feminine Reason: ‘Quite incredible, and nevertheless quite true’”
Meredith Miller (Falmouth University), “Popular Interiority and Political Address: The New Magdalen and The Law and the Lady”
Tara MacDonald (University of Amsterdam), “Sympathetic Doubles in Collins’s Fiction”

12:45-2:00 LUNCH

Catherine Delafield (Independent Scholar), “‘The patience of cats,… the ferocity of tigers’: Competitive Editing and the Serialization of The Moonstone.”
Caroline Radcliffe (University of Birmingham), “The Lighthouse by Wilkie Collins: ‘situations dramatique non encore exploitees’”
Jessica Cox (Brunel University) “Women in White: Neo-Victorianism and Wilkie Collins’s Literary Descendants”

3:15-3:30 COFFEE

Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough University), “‘I want a husband to vex, or a child to beat’: Sensation and Emotion as Redemption in Armadale”
Joanne Ella Parsons (Bath Spa University), “Fosco’s Fat: Bodily Control and Transgressive Consumption in The Woman in White”

Roundtable discussion on No Name Reading Project
Pete Orford (Buckingham University), Anne-Marie Beller (University of Loughborough), Hazel Mackenzie (Buckingham) and Joanne Shattock (Leicester).

If you wish to be kept informed of events organized by the Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA) then a membership form for the association can be downloaded from the website:

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Janice Allan at OR Joanne Ella Parsons at
All VPFA events are hosted at the English Institute, Senate House in London.