VI2007: Victorian Secrets

Tentative Presentation Schedule


Friday, November 9


Session I 12:45-2:00pm (concurrent panels)

Panel One: Dickens’s Secrets I

Panel Chair: David Bradshaw, Warren Wilson College

Julie Tyler

Emmanuel College

Bleak House's Imperatives of Silence and Speculation: Mute Characters in the Space of the Talking Novel           


John McBratney

John Carroll University 

"What Connexion Can There Be?": Detection in Dickens's Bleak House


Susan Reynolds

University of Alabama  

Without the Ties That Bind: The Role of Jo in Charles Dickens's Bleak House  


Panel Two: Hidden Women

Panel Chair: Audrey Fessler, University of WisconsinEau Claire

Heather Miner 

Rice University

“Whole Labyrinths of Social Ethics”: Conspiring to Raise the Fallen Women in Gaskell's Ruth   


Charles Williamson

Western Kentucky University

Familial Ideologies, Working Class Nightmares, and the Gender of Alcoholism: Harriet Martineau and the Drink Question


Abigail Burnham Bloom

Hunter College, CUNY           

Victorian Women's Lives: Revealed and Concealed      


Panel Three: Tracing the Echoes of Romanticism

Panel Chair: Anita Rose, Converse College

Denise Tischler Millstein

University of Alabama  

George Eliot's Felix Holt, the Radical and Byronic Secrets     


Patricia Brody 

Letitia Elizabeth Landon: The Secret of her Raw, Bare Powers


Allison Cooper Davis   

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Mopsa and the Mariner: Supernatural Realities 


Session II 2:15-3:30pm (concurrent panels)

Panel Four: Sensational Secrets I

Panel Chair: Robin Barrow, University of Tennessee

Maria K. Bachman

Coastal Carolina University      

Concealing Minds and the Case of The Woman in White         


Heather M. Sowards   

Ohio University

Performing the Heart and Mind: Secret Feminine Identities in Wilkie Collins's Heart and Science          


Susan Bernardo

Wagner College           

Suicide, Secrecy, and Language in Collins's The Law and the Lady


Panel Five: The Oxford Movement, Unreserved

Panel Chair: Heather Shippen Cianciola

David J. Bradshaw

Warren Wilson College

Secrecy and Reticence in John Henry Newman's Loss and Gain          


Patrick Scott   

University of South Carolina

The Ur-Quiver in the Proto-Stiff Upper Lip: Secrecy and Reserve in Keble, Froude, Newman and Clough           


Susan E. Colón

Baylor University         

Secret Sins: Pharisaism in The Heir of Redclyffe          


Panel Six: Secrecy and the Brontës

Panel Chair: Elizabeth Winston, University of Tampa

Alicia Carroll   

Auburn University

The Secret Life of Trees: Inside Out in Wuthering Heights      


Lauren Wood Hoffer   

Vanderbilt University

“Anxious as ever to avoid discovery": Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë's Conflicting Desires toward Fame


Kathleen Conway

Molloy College

Secrets: A Means to Reflection and Growth in Victorian Novels           


Session III 3:45-5:00pm (concurrent panels)

Panel Seven: Late-Century Fiction I

Katherine Pionke, Harper College

Anita R. Rose  

Converse College

Unfinished Textual Business in The Beetle and Dracula


Rebecca King  

Middle Tennessee State University

Secrecy, Denial, and Autonomy in Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde         


Brooke McLaughlin Mitchell    

Wingate University

Secrets, Silence, and the Fractured Self: Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles      


Panel Eight: The Revelations of Vanity Fair

Panel Chair: David Latané, Virginia Commonwealth University

Molly Engelhardt

Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi          

The Secret is Out: Note-Passing in the Victorian Ballroom        


Leila May

NC State University     

Becky Sharp, Lady Audley, and You: The Sociology of Secrecy          


Alan LaCerra  

University of Central Florida

Narrative Secrecy in Vanity Fair: Names Withheld so as to Be Revealed         


Panel Nine: Political Maneuvers

Panel Chair: Patrick Scott, University of South Carolina

Allison L. E. Wee        

Luther College

A Secret Censorship: The Victorian Home Office vs. Town Talk


Albert D. Pionke

University of Alabama  

Secrecy, Oath-Taking, and Victorian Elite Public Status           


Deborah Logan

Western Kentucky University

“My only political plot”: Martineau the Peacemaker and Corn-Law Repeal


Saturday, November 10


Session IV 9:00-10:15am (concurrent panels)

Panel Ten: Dickens’s Secrets II

Panel Chair: Susan Reynolds, University of Alabama

Brigitte Knight

University of North Carolina at Pembroke        

Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations       


Rebecca N. Mitchell

University of Texas—Pan American     

Literacy and the "Profound Secret and Mystery" of Dickens's Others    


Panel Eleven: Victorian Marital Secrets

Panel Chair: Heather Humann, University of Alabama

Melissa Purdue

University of Kentucky

“I married this man, unknown to anyone, of course": Interracial Marriage in Victoria Cross's Anna Lombard and Life of My Heart


Melanie Ann Hanson   

Sam Houston State University

Alice Meynell's "Punch": Privacy and the "Vulgarizing" of the Wedded Victorian English Woman           


LuAnn McCracken Fletcher

Cedar Crest College

A “narrative hung together but awkwardly”: The Odd Women’s Critique of Marriage


Panel Twelve: Rhyme’s Revelations

Panel Chair: Denise Tischler Millstein, University of Alabama

JJ Pionke

Harper College

A (Not So Secret) Identity: Michael Field        


Sharon McGrady

Rutgers University        

Behind the Faces of Faith: William Hale White and the Wordsworths    


Robert P. Fletcher

West Chester University

The Perverse Secrets of Masculinity in Robert Browning and Augusta Webster


Session V 10:30-11:45am (concurrent panels)

Panel Thirteen: Secrets Surrounding George Eliot

Panel Chair: Charles Williamson, Western Kentucky University

Michael D. Lewis

University of Virginia    

National and Personal Secrets in Felix Holt, the Radical         


Daniel Cook

Saginaw Valley State University           

The Syndrome of the Secret: Hermetic Excess in George Eliot's Amos Barton  


Panel Fourteen: Sexuality Exposed

Panel Chair: Melanie Ann Hanson, Sam Houston State University

Emily D. Wicktor         

University of Kansas

Imbued with the Science of Venus: The Sexually Savvy Female in Victorian Pornography          


Robin Barrow  

University of Tennessee

Outraged Silences: The Secret of Sexual Violence in Victorian Fiction


Joseph L. V. Donica    

Bob Jones University

Clandestine Sodom: Homosexual Love's Social Role in the Nineteenth-Century British Royal Guard     


Panel Fifteen: Magic, Murder, and Madness

Panel Chair: Deborah Logan, Western Kentucky University

Michael Claxton

Harding University       

Victorian Conjuring Secrets     


Ginger Frost    

Samford University

“I Could Not Hold Up My Head": Fatherhood, Murder, and Secrecy in Victorian England       


Eleanor Fraser Stansbie           

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

A Victorian Picture Puzzle: Richard Dadd's The Fairy Feller's Masterstroke


Lunch and VI Business Meeting 12:00-1:45pm


Session VI 2:00-3:15pm (concurrent panels)

Panel Sixteen: Sensational Secrets II

Panel Chair: Marilyn Kurata, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Christina Stevenson

UC Santa Cruz

Secrets and the Sensation Novel: The "Space that Told the Whole Story" in The Woman in White       


Kristina Aikens

Tufts University

Wilkie Collins and the Lady Laudanum Drinker


Jenny Kohn

Monash University       

Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Novels-with-a-Secret and the Relational Female Self           


Panel Seventeen: The Hidden Springs of Empire

Panel Chair: Michael Claxton, Harding University

Chris Hagerman

Albion College 

Secret Cyphers, Secret Knowledge and Imperial Power: The Classics in British India   


Leslie Rogne Schumacher        

University of Minnesota

“Contained in the Records": William Gifford Palgrave: Romance, Secrecy, and Pragmatism in the British Foreign Service           


Niharika Dinkar

Boise State University

Behind the Veil: The Development of a Secret National Identity in India


Panel Eighteen: (De)Constructing Gender

Panel Chair: Rebecca King, Middle Tennessee State University

Audrey Fessler

University of WisconsinEau Claire    

“The Boy Was a Girl": Reconstructing Gender and Class to Deconstruct Difference in Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins          


Stephanie Robinson

University of North Carolina at Greensboro      

Subversive Shirt-Waists and Coercive Corsets: Transmuting Class and Gender through Dress in Nineteenth-Century Domesticity    


Abby Heller     

Boys Secrets in Victorian Public School Stories: Functioning as Females           


Session VII 3:30-4:45pm (concurrent panels)

Panel Nineteen: Late-Century Fiction II

Panel Chair: Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Kimberly Manganelli    

Clemson University

Bad Blood: The Tragic Mulatta as Villainess in Florence Marryat's Daughter of the Tropics    


T. Rebecca Kennamer 

CUNY Graduate Center

Re-Reading Ouida: Readerly and Writerly Secrecy in Moths    


Helena Gurfinkel

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville       

Special Victims Unit: Corporal Punishment and the Secret Victorian Bildungsroman in Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh         


Panel Twenty: Theories of Secrecy

Panel Chair: Albert Pionke, University of Alabama

Patricia Michael           

Holy Family University

Secrets as Strategies of Power in Gaskell and Dickens 


Stephen Arata 

University of Virginia

Singing Fire: Walter Pater and the Secrets of Consciousness     


Panel Twenty-One: Unearthing “Dead Ground”

Panel Chair: Eleanor Fraser Stansbie, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Deanna K. Kreisel

University of British Columbia  

Not-So-Secret Gardens: Area Railings; or, Suburban Residences and How to Circumvent Them          


Sarah Hoglund

SUNY at Stony Brook

What Must Remain Hidden: Burial Reform in Early-Nineteenth Century Britain 


Mary Flowers Braswell

University of Alabama at Birmingham   

Mary Eliza Haweis (1848[?]-1898): Who was this Woman and Why Should we Care?


Keynote Address 5:00-6:30pm

John Kucich, Rutgers University

"Shadow-Discourse, Masochism, and the Hidden Politics of Pain: Psychoanalysis as Historicist Practice."