The Victorians Institute

The Victorians Institute Conference 2007:

Victorian Secrets


(The Secret Letter, Reading Museum)


The Victorians Institute is an interdisciplinary organization of scholars and students dedicated to the research and teaching of all things Victorian.  Centered in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, the Institute draws members, conference participants and publishing contributors from around the globe.  Moreover, members’ professional affiliations and intellectual interests range broadly across the humanities and social sciences and beyond.  The Institute sponsors a peer-refereed annual publication, The Victorians Institute Journal, as well as an annual conference that welcomes both members and nonmembers to present the results of original research focused on a specific theme of interest and significance to Victorian studies.


The 2007 annual meeting of the Victorians Institute will be held November 9-10 at the Ferguson Center on the campus of the University of Alabama.  The theme of the 2007 conference is “Victorian Secrets,” and the keynote address will be delivered by John Kucich, Professor of English at Rutgers University.  Professor Kucich’s publications include Fictions of Empire (Houghton-Mifflin, 2002), The Power of Lies: Transgression in Victorian Fiction (Cornell University Press, 1994), and Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens (University of California Press, 1987).


Located in the west-central city of Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama is easily accessible by car via Interstate 20/59, and by plane via nearby Birmingham International Airport.  A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Four Points Sheraton, located at the southern edge of campus.  When not participating in conference activities, attendees may wish to sample Tuscaloosa-area restaurants or visit the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art.


View the Call for Papers or download the Registration Form.


View the Schedule of Presentations