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Victorian Subversions
Vancouver, September 2001

Call for Papers: "Victorian Subversions"

Keynote speakers:

Nancy Armstrong, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Comparative Literature,
English, Modern Culture and Media, and Women's Studies, Brown University

Lynda Nead, Professor of History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada invites proposals for
papers to be delivered at its thirtieth annual interdisciplinary
conference, to be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver,
B.C., 27-29 September 2001. The co-convenors of the conference are Pamela
Dalziel, Department of English, and Joy Dixon, Department of History.

One hundred years after the death of Queen Victoria it seems appropriate
to reflect on the nature of Victorian Studies and of Victorianism itself.
"Victorian Subversions" encourages papers that subvert or rewrite
traditional readings of Victorianism or, conversely, that challenge recent
revisionist interpretations. Papers could focus upon "other" Victorians
(including sexual, "racial," or cultural "others") and "other"
Victorianisms, or on rewritings and (re)visions of the Victorians in
contemporary films, novels, theatre, music, art, advertising, political
discourse, etc.

We therefore invite papers on any aspect of Victorian "subversion," which
we define in its widest possible sense. Papers could analyze subversive
texts, movements or discourses; subversions of the hierarchies of gender,
"race," class, or sexuality; subversive religious, scientific, economic,
aesthetic, political, or educational movements; revolutionaries and
revolutions (literal or figurative); or any other manifestation of
subversion, reversal, disorderliness, or inversion.

We would also welcome theoretical papers on the nature of subversion and
the subversive: what constitutes "subversion"? can (or should)
subversion(s) be measured and evaluated, and if so, how? how has the
notion of subversion changed over time? how do we define what effect (if
any)  subversive texts and movements had on Victorian society?

In the past the Association has been able to reimburse airfare expenses
for anyone presenting a paper; we hope to be able to do so again this

Proposals should consist of an abstract of approximately 350 words, a
one-paragraph synopsis (100 words maximum), and a brief CV. Proposals
should be sent by 1 March 2001 to:

Lisa Surridge, President, VSAWC
Department of English, University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3070, STN CSC
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3W1
Fax: +1-(250) 721-6498
E-mail: lsurridg@UVic.CA