Conference Program


FRIDAY October 13


 Registration located at Haynsworth Commons, second floor of Furman Hall, 8:00-11:00


1A Restoring Place (110 – Todd Starkweather as Chair)

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

John Lamb (West Virginia University), “Recovering Place in Thomas Hardy: A Deep Map of Wessex”

1B Material Culture and the Recovery of Fallen Women (128 – Robyn Miller as Chair)

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

Monica Cohen (Barnard College), “Esther Summerson’s Recovery”

Katie Peel (UNC Wilmington), “Kept Mistresses At Home: Fallen Women in Domestic Space”

1C Unexpected Influences and Literary Form (136 – Albert Pionke as Chair)

Adam Parkes (University of Georgia), “Recovering Elizabeth Bowen’s Mélisande”

Alexie Cash (University of Georgia), “Swinburne’s Seneca”

Patrick Fleming (Fisk University), “Nation, Copyright, and Sexuality in H. C. Andersen”


1D Family and Kinship (229 – Anita Rose as Chair)

Brittani Allen (UNC Pembroke), “The Manufactured Family in Hard Times

Dan Abitz (Georgia State University), “Queer Kinship and Utopian Alliance in George Eliot’s Romola

Aileen Farrar (Nova Southeastern University), “The Dripping Madonna and Medicinal Milk of ‘Goblin Market’”


2A Recovered Materialities (229 – Robin Barrow-Nichols as Chair)

Holly Fling (University of Georgia), “Recovering Helen’s Remains in Lady Audley’s Secret

Amy Montz (University of Southern Indiana), “Victorian Fashion and the Female Gothic, or, What to Wear to a House Burning Party”

Carolyn Day (Furman University), “‘A flattering malady’: Fashioning the Consumptive Chic in Early Victorian England and Recovering it in the Museum”

2B Reevaluating Victorian Poetics (207 – John Lamb as Chair)

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

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

Casie LeGette (University of Georgia), “Victorian Anthologies and the Recovery of Poetic Gems”

2C Children’s and Fairy Tales (128 – Patrick Fleming as Chair)

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

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

Alan Rauch (UNC Charlotte), “Death and Recovery in Victorian Literature”

2D Self-Definition and Group Identity (106)

Elizabeth Badolato (St. John’s University), “Embracing Infinity in Danial Deronda

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

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


11:15-12:30 LUNCH (opt-in in Furman Dining Hall with SECOND FLOOR RESERVED CONFERENCE SEATING or on your own)


3A The Human Animal (117)

Sarah Pilcher (University of Alabama), “Recovering the Animal in Victorian Sensation Fiction: Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White

Haejoo Kim (Syracuse University), “Recovering Wholeness in Henry Salt’s A Plea for Vegetarianism and Other Essays

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

3B Gender Performance and the Embodied Self (106)

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

Bonnie Shishko (Queens University of Charlotte), “Homebodies: Loitering Women in Victorian Literature”

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

3C Sanitation and Recovered Health (136)

Frances Thielman (Texas A&M University), “‘How dreary life gets over in that house!’: Wuthering Heights and the Unhealthy Place”

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

Edward Cohen (Rollins College), “Two Recovery Texts by W. E. Henley”

3D Loss and Modes of Mourning (207)

Matt Burchanoski (Marquette University), “Serenity No: Ethical Mourning in Vonnegut and Tennyson”

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

Paul Niemeyer (Texas A&M University), “Funeral Games: Stoker’s Parody of the Burial Business in Dracula


4A Victorian and Contemporary Technologies and Ideologies (106 – John Murray as Chair)

Ana Raquel Rojas (University of San Francisco), “‘The trilling wire in the blood’: Dracula and Technology’s Past and Future”

Paul Fyfe (North Carolina State University), “Old New Media: Teaching the Digital Past”

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

4B Novel Developments (207)

James Hamby (Middle Tennessee State University), “David Copperfield’s Marriage to Agnes and the Fulfillment of His Hero’s Quest”

Ann-Marie Dunbar (Winona State University), “Recovering Margaret Oliphant: Reimagining Form and Genre in ‘The Rector’ and The Perpetual Curate

Richard Menke (University of Georgia), “The Foundling Plot, the Generic Three-Volume Novel, and Sir Robert Shirley, Bart.

4C The Medicalized Body (136 – Frank Emmett as Chair)

Kiera Allison (Emory University), “Recovering Form: The Poetics of Victorian Medical Writing”

Claudie Massicotte (Young Harris College), “Spiritual Recovery: Victorian Mediums and Female Practitioners in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America”

Lillian Craton (Lander University), “Recovering Julia Pastrana”

4D Marital Failure and Narrative Recovery (117)

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

Mary Husemann (UNC Asheville), “Spousal Recovery in the Novels of Wilkie Collins”

Marie Hendry (State College of Florida – Venice), “‘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


Pamela Gilbert (University of Florida), “Uncovering Bodies, Recovering History: Skin Objects in Victorian Britain”


 SATURDAY October 14


Registration located at Haynsworth Commons, second floor of Furman Hall, 8:00-11:00


5A Recovering Raffles (107 – Tim Carens as Chair)

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

Keaghan Turner (Coastal Carolina University), “The Serial Recovery of A.J. Raffles, Amateur Cracksman”

5B Urban Dangers (108 – Cameron Dodworth as Chair)

Charles Wheeler (University of Indianapolis), “Pursuit, Recovery, and Self-Destruction in James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney the Vampyre

Sharon E. Kelly (West Virginia University), “Penny Dreadful and Penny Dreadfuls:
Re-covering the Sex and Spirit of Victorian Supernatural Characters”

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

5C Romantic Influence (110)

Eric Lorentzen (University of Mary Washington), “Oliver Twist’s Recovery: Wordsworthian ‘Abundant Recompense’ or Freudian ‘Primal Scene?’”

Ethan Stephenson (Southern Illinois University – Carbondale), “Between Fiction and Reality: Andrew Lang’s Struggle to Legitimize Literary Romanticism in the Fin-de-siècle

Liz Shand (UNC Chapel Hill), “Jane Austen and the Modern Girl: Reconsidering Austen’s Reception through Suffrage Discourse”


6A Alternative Femininities (110 – Anita Rose as Chair)

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

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

Elizabeth Fox (University of Virginia), “Recovering Spinsters: Romanticizing the Single Girl in the Girl’s Own Paper

6B Deteriorating Conditions: Recovery as Narrative Instrument in the Victorian Novel (109 – Maria Frawley as Chair)

Joshua Benson (George Washington University), “Dead Babies and Adulterers:
Biopolitical Murders and Literary Prophylaxis in On the Face of the Waters

Leah Grisham (George Washington University), “The little sister stayed home and starved”: Death and Patriarchy in Olive

Elizabeth TeVault (George Washington University), “I, Lucy Snowe”: Fractured Identity and Fragmented Narration in Villette

6C Victorians Revisiting History and Faith (108)

Christian Gallichio (University of Georgia), “Christmas Regifted:
Secularized Puritan Conversion and Social Exchange in Nineteenth Century Christmas Fiction”

Tim Carens (College of Charleston) “A Blind Sort of Love: George Eliot and the Justification of Idolatry”

Robert Petersen (Middle Tennessee State University), “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”

6D Embodiments of Empire (107 – Christina Rieger as Chair)

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

Jean Fernandez (University of Maryland – Baltimore County), “Eventful Healing and Casteless Utopias in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim

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

11:15-11:45 BREAK



7A Archival Recoveries (107 Ed Cohen as Chair)

Thomas Berenato (University of Virginia), “A Recovered Letter by Gerard Manley Hopkins”

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

Albert Pionke (University of Alabama), “Recovering the Archival Trace?”

7B Writing Mobility (108)

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

Heidi Pennington (James Madison University), “Miss Dickens’ Typewriting Service: Ethel Dickens as Lost Literary Entrepreneur”

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

7C Perception and Aesthetics (109)

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

Timothy Curran (University of South Florida), “Victorian Body-Image: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Medieval Iconography in the Fin de Siècle

7D Imperial Self-Fashioning (110)

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

Melissa Free (Arizona State University), “Sexual Badlands: Temptation and Recovery in the Rhodesian Novels of Gertrude Page”

Angela Schwer (Fairmont State University), “Forgotten South African Romances: Olive Schreiner and the Recovery of a Genre”


8A Revising Female Redemption Narratives (107 – Cameron Dodworth as Chair)

Vicky Cheng (Syracuse University), “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 (Young Harris College), The “untenable redemptive theolatry” of “Goblin Market”: Inverting the Fallen Woman’s Recovery Narrative in Tess of the d’Urbervilles

David Bradshaw (Warren Wilson College), “Redeeming Women in Dickens’s Fiction”

8B Sherlock Holmes and Detection Revisited (108 – Keaghan Turner as Chair)

Kathryn Hendrickson (Marquette University), “Recovering Sherlock Holmes: Breaking the Myth of the Great Detective”

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

8C Anxieties of the Irrecoverable (109)

Sean Hughes (Rutgers University), “Walter Pater’s Unrecoverable Virtues”

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

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

8D Surprising Sensations (110 – Robin Barrow-Nichols as Chair)

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

Emily Tucker (University of Connecticut), “Recovering Melodrama in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

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


9A Toxic Masculinities (107 – John Murray as Chair)

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

Robin Barrow-Nichols (University of Tennessee), “Masculine Shock and Psychological Trauma in Victorian Fiction”

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

9B Gendered Industrialization (108 – Siobhan Brownson as Chair)

Emily Dotson (UVA – Wise), “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 (Institute of Polish Culture), “How to Recover Something That Was Never There? A Struggle for Good Opinion of Working Class Polish Women”

9C Visible Body and Hidden Self (109 – Patrick Fleming as Chair)

Renee Buesking (University of Georgia), “Recovering Grace Poole in Jane Eyre

Audrey Cheatham (University of Tennessee), “Dickens, Eliot, and Victorian Symbolic Anti-Semitism”

Emily Harbin (Converse College), “The Textual Lives of Sophia Jex-Blake: Recovering the Woman Doctor”


Conference AFTERPARTY (cash bar) to follow at Hyatt Regency