Conference Program


FRIDAY October 13


 Session I 8:30-9:45

Restoring Place

Rebekah Greene, “But you may regain Dunleath”: The Hope of Recovery in Caroline Norton’s Stuart of Dunleath

Julie Donovan, “Reclaiming Memory, Reclaiming Nature: Harriet Martineau & Ireland’s Bogland”

John Lamb, “Recovering Place in Thomas Hardy: A Deep Map of Wessex”

Material Culture and the Recovery of Fallen Women (Robyn Miller, Chair)

Caitlin Anderson, “Falling: Material Feminism and the ‘Fallen Woman’ in Lady Audley’s Secret

Monica Cohen, “Esther Summerson’s Recovery”

Katie Peel, “Kept Mistresses At Home: Fallen Women in Domestic Space”

Unexpected Influences and Literary Form

Adam Parkes, “Recovering Elizabeth Bowen’s Mélisande

Alexie Cash, “Swinburne’s Seneca

PC Fleming, “Nation, Copyright, and Sexuality in H. C. Andersen”

Family and Kinship

Brittani Allen, “The Manufactured Family in Hard Times

Dan Abitz, “Queer Kinship and Utopian Alliance in George Eliot’s Romola

Aileen Farrar, “The Dripping Madonna and Medicinal Milk of ‘Goblin Market’”


SESSION II 10:00-11:15

Recovered Materialities (Robin Barrow, Chair)

Holly Fling, “Recovering Helen’s Remains in Lady Audley’s Secret

Amy Montz, “Victorian Fashion and the Female Gothic, or, What to Wear to a House Burning Party”

Carolyn Day and Lindsey Holmes, “A flattering malady”: Fashioning the Consumptive Chic in Early Victorian England and Recovering it in the Museum”

Reevaluating Victorian Poetics

Christy Allen, “A Most Motley Company”: The Victorian Poetry of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Garcia, “Matthew Arnold’s Classical Recovery: A Review of the Mid-Victorian Cultural Field within the Periodical Press”

Casie LeGette, “Victorian Anthologies and the Recovery of Poetic Gems”

Children’s and Fairy Tales

Robyn Miller, “Looking At and Looking Through: “The Heart of Princess Joan” and Recovering Vision”

Hannah Jacobs, “Women Recovering Women: A Reimagining of the Bluebeard Folktale in Beatrix Potter’s Sister Anne

Alan Rauch, “Death and Recovery in Victorian Literature”


Self-Definition and Group Identity

Elizabeth Badalato, “Embracing Infinity in Danial Deronda

Melissa Schaub, “One of a long row only”: History and the Individual in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Valerie Babb, “The Art of Recovery: William Still’s The Underground Rail Road


11:15-12:30 LUNCH (opt-in in Furman Dining Hall with access to HARTNESS PAVILLION or on your own)


SESSION III 12:30-1:45

The Human Animal

Sarah Pilcher, “Recovering the Animal in Victorian Sensation Fiction: Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White

Haejoo Kim, “Recovering Wholeness in Henry Salt’s A Plea for Vegetarianism and Other Essays”

Hannah Markley, “Gastric Sympathies: The Ethics of Indigestion in Whiting’s Memoirs of a Stomach (1853)”

Gender Performance and the Embodied Self

Leslie Haines, “Ekphrasis as an Approach to Producing ‘some brief space’ of Restoration and Exhibition: Recovering Classical Androgyny in Swinburne’s ‘Hermaphroditus’”

Bonnie Shisko, “Homebodies: Loitering Women in Victorian Literature”

Anita Rose, “Recovering Self-Possession: Spectacle and the Search for Identity”

Sanitation and Recovered Health

Frances Thielman, “‘How dreary life gets over in that house!’: Wuthering Heights and the Unhealthy Place”

Christina Rieger, “‘The Frail Warrior’: Robert Louis Stevenson as Manly Invalid at the Saranac Lake Sanitarium”

Edward Cohen, “Two Recovery Texts by W. E. Henley”

Loss and Modes of Mourning

Matt Burchanoski, “Serenity No: Ethical Mourning in Vonnegut and Tennyson”


Shyam Patel, “‘The Fear of the Loss of Loss’: Unrecoverable History and its Victorian Negotiations”

Paul Niemeyer, “Funeral Games: Stoker’s Parody of the Burial Business in Dracula”


SESSION IV 2:00-3:15

Victorian and Contemporary Technologies and Ideologies

Ana Raquel Rojas, “‘The trilling wire in the blood’: Dracula and Technology’s Past and Future”

Paul Fyfe, “Old New Media: Teaching the Digital Past”

Todd Starkweather, “Marx the Victorian: Recovering Both the Man and His Politics for Victorian Studies and Beyond”

Novel Developments

James Hamby, “David Copperfield’s Marriage to Agnes and the Fulfillment of His Hero’s Quest”

Ann-Marie Dunbar, “Recovering Margaret Oliphant: Reimagining Form and Genre in ‘The Rector’ and The Perpetual Curate”

Richard Menke, “The Foundling Plot, the Generic Three-Volume Novel, and Sir Robert Shirley, Bart.”

The Medicalized Body

Kiera Allison, “Recovering Form: The Poetics of Victorian Medical Writing”

Claudie Massicotte, “Spiritual Recovery: Victorian Mediums and Female Practitioners in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America”

Lillian Craton, “Recovering Julia Pastrana”

Marital Failure and Narrative Recovery

Heather Nelson, “Recovery from Engagements: Jilting, Actions for Breach of Promise of Marriage, and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters

Mary Husemann and Emily Haaksma, “Spousal Recovery in the Novels of Wilkie Collins”

Marie Hendry, “‘Our Lady of Sorrow:’ Unrequited Love, Salvation and Recovery in Lucas Malet’s Mrs. Lorimer: A Study in Black and White and The Gateless Barrier”



YOUNTS CONFERENCE CENTER⎮Pamela Gilbert, University of Florida




SATURDAY October 14


SESSION V 8:30-9:45

Recovering Raffles

Michael David Jones, “Recovering Masculine Fortunes: The Long Depression in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and E.W. Hornung’s Raffles Stories”

Keaghan Turner, “The Serial Recovery of A.J. Raffles, Amateur Cracksman”

Maria Bachman, “Raffles, Gentleman Thief: Out of the Shadows of True Crime”

Urban Dangers

Charles Wheeler, “Pursuit, Recovery, and Self-Destruction in James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney the Vampyre

Sharon Kelly, “Penny Dreadful and Penny Dreadfuls: Re-covering the Sex and Spirit of Victorian Supernatural Characters”

Frank Emmett, “The number of attacks followed by recovery is unknown”: Evidentiary Priorities in the Cholera of 1854

Romantic Influence

Erik Lorentzen, “Oliver Twist’s Recovery: Wordsworthian ‘Abundant Recompense’ or Freudian ‘Primal Scene?’”

Ethan Stephenson, “Between Fiction and Reality: Andrew Lang’s Struggle to Legitimize Literary Romanticism in the Fin-de-siècle”

Liz Shand, “Jane Austen and the Modern Girl: Reconsidering Austen’s Reception through Suffrage Discourse”


SESSION VI 10:00-11:15

Alternative Femininities

Sophie Yates, “‘It is NOT my fault!’: The Abdication of a Female Savior Figure in Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Hannah Ruehl, “Reclaiming Work for Middle-Class Women: Age and Labor in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette

Elizabeth Fox, “Recovering Spinsters: Romanticizing the Single Girl in the Girl’s Own Paper

Deteriorating Conditions: Recovery as Narrative Instrument in the Victorian Novel (Maria Frawley, Chair)

Joshua Benson, “Dead Babies and Adulterers: Biopolitical Murders and Literary Prophylaxis in On the Face of the Waters”

Leah Grisham, “The little sister stayed home and starved”: Death and Patriarchy in Olive

Elizabeth TeVault, “I, Lucy Snowe”: Fractured Identity and Fragmented Narration in Villette”


Victorians Revisiting History

Christian Gallichio, “Christmas Regifted: Secularized Puritan Conversion and Social Exchange in Nineteenth Century Christmas Fiction”

Robert Petersen, “Elizabeth Strickland’s Life of Anne, Queen-Regnant of Great Britain and Ireland (1848): The Intersection of the Public and the Private in the Life and Death of William, Duke of Gloucester”

Rebecca King, “Protecting the Facts of Life: Cultural Critique in Dickens’ ‘The Doom of English Wills’”

Embodiments of Empire

Geoffrey Reiter, “Eden in Mercia: Recovering Paradise in Bram Stoker’s The Lair of the White Worm

Jean Fernandez, “Eventful Healing and Casteless Utopias in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim”

Casey Cothran, “Repentance and Recovery: Kipling’s ‘The Mark of the Beast’ and Jacob’s ‘The Monkey’s Paw’”

11:15-11:45 BREAK

SESSION VII 1:00-2:15

Archival Recoveries

Thomas Berenato, “A Recovered Letter by Gerard Manley Hopkins”

Siobhan Brownson, “Hardy’s 1883 “The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid” and the Graphic – Recovering Form and Genre”

Albert Pionke, “Recovering the Archival Trace”

Writing Mobility

Courtnee Fenner, “‘Ha! this is surely a woman’s hand’: Corporeal Silence and Refusal in Mary Seacole’s Life-Writing and Iconography”

Heidi Pennington, “Miss Dickens’ Typewriting Service: Ethel Dickens as Lost Literary Entrepreneur”

Jane Gabin, “Kate Emanuel Magnus (1844-1924): A Recovered Life”

Perception and Aesthetics

Holly Gallagher, “Like the Magic-Lantern Pictures”: The Art and Science of Perception in Middlemarch

Timothy Carens, “Victorian Body-Image: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Medieval Iconography in the Fin de Siècle

Sophie Frazer,

Imperial Self-Fashioning

Ipshita Nath, “Recovering from “the shock of India”: Memsahibs Recreating ‘Home’ in Exile”

Melissa Free, “Sexual Badlands: Temptation and Recovery in the Rhodesian Novels of Gertrude Page”

Mary Schwer, “Forgotten South African Romances: Olive Schreiner and the Recovery of a Genre”


SESSION VIII 2:30-3:30

Revising Female Redemption Narratives (Cameron Dodworth, Chair)

Vicky Cheng, “Who am I, for God’s sake, that I should be kind!”: Attempting Recovery through Queer Regeneration in Great Expectations and Lady Audley’s Secret

Mark Rollins, The “untenable redemptive theolatry” of “Goblin Market”:
Inverting the Fallen Woman’s Recovery Narrative in Tess of the d’Urbervilles

David Bradshaw, “Redeeming Women in Dickens’s Fiction”

Sherlock Holmes and Detection Revisited (Keaghan Turner, Chair)

Kathryn Hendrickson, “Recovering Sherlock Holmes: Breaking the Myth of the Great Detective”

Claudia Martin, “Past Imperfect: Dickens, Doyle, and the Epistemological Plausibility of Recovering History in Fiction”

John Murray, “What If?”: Probing Alternate Timelines and Counterfactual Histories in Sherlock

Anxieties of the Irrecoverable

Sean Hughes, “Walter Pater’s Unrecoverable Virtues”

Jonathan Elmore, “Recovering Robert Cromie’s The Crack of Doom: Atomic Weaponry, Terrorism, and Anti-humanism”

Barbara Barrow, To “recover…by force or cunning”: Violence and Ecology in H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895)

Surprising Sensations

Madison Natt, “Recovering the Penny Dreadful: Subversion of the Domestic Ideal in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s The White Phantom

Emily Tucker, “Recovering Melodrama in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

Elizabeth Carlin, “A ‘Course of Wholesome Discipline’: Sadistic Surrogacy in Jane Eyre


SESSION IX 3:45-5:00

Toxic Masculinities

Heather Sowards, “His face faded to a gray and ghastly whiteness”: The Recovery of Sick Masculinity in the Novels of Wilkie Collins

Robin Barrow-Nichols, “Masculine Shock and Psychological Trauma in Victorian Fiction”

Cameron Dodworth, “Science and the Supernatural: The Recovery of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights


Gendered Industrialization

Emily Dotson, “Rose Petal Recovery: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cure for Domestic and Industrial Collapse”

Emily Rich, “Recovering from Industrialism: Victorian Socialists and the Twentieth- Century Working Class”

Alicja Urbanik-Kopeć, “How to Recover Something That Was Never There? A Struggle for Good Opinion of Working Class Polish Women”

Visible Body and Hidden Self

Renee Buesking, “Recovering Grace Poole in Jane Eyre

Audrey Cheatham, “Dickens, Eliot, and Victorian Symbolic Anti-Semitism”

Scott Thompson, “Recovering Eliot’s Late Realism: Psychology and Impressions of Theophrastus Such