The keynote speaker: Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst of Magdalen College, Oxford, Becoming Dickens (2011) and Tennyson Among the Poets (2009).
From Tennyson’s “In Memoriam A.H.H” to Freud’s theory of repressed memory, the discourse of memory abounds in the literature and culture of the Victorian period. Meanwhile the cultural legacy of the era has been remembered in very different ways. In 1918 Ezra Pound claimed that “the odour of Victoriana is so unpleasant ... that we are content to leave the past where we find it” - but in the contemporary world, the memory of the period has been re-energised and continues to capture our imagination.
Offers of 20-minute papers related to the conference theme are invited from scholars in any discipline. Topics covered may include, but are not restricted to:
- Post-Victorian memories of the Victorians - in literature, art, architecture, history, and on screen
- Victorians’ memories of earlier periods – in their literature, art, architecture, history
- Memory in biography and autobiography
- Memory and forgetting
- The political deployment of memory
- The poetry of memory and memorialisation
- Memory and colonialism / post-colonialism
- Memories of war
- Neo-Victorian fiction and memory
- The anxiety of influence
Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to AVSA2015@auckland.ac.nz by Monday October 6, 2014.