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Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Neo-Victorian Decadences

8th September 2017, 09:00 to 9th September 2017, 17:00, St John's College

This two-day academic conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day.

They did not eat physical food: they seemed to subsist on the appreciation of
beauty – a beauty unrecognized by humans or other denizens of the
mundane plane.’ - China Miéville, Perdido Street Station (2000)
‘Do you believe there is a demimonde, Mr Chandler? A half-world between what we know and what we fear. A place in the shadows rarely seen, but deeply felt.’ - Penny Dreadful (2014)
‘I made it all up, and it all came true anyway.’ - Alan Moore, From Hell (1999)

This two-day academic conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day.

We invite submissions for papers (15-20 minutes) on Neo-Victorian decadence in a wide range of fields, from literature to film, from sub-cultures to mass media, and everything in between. Abstracts of no more than 250 words will be accepted until July 2nd, 2017. For further details see the full Call for Papers at the conference website.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Marie-Luise Kolhke (Swansea University) and Dr Kirsten MacLeod (Newcastle University).

Conference Organisers: Dr Kostas Boyiopoulos, Durham University and Joseph Thorne, Liverpool John Moores University.

Contact neovictoriandecadences@gmail.com for more information about this event.

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