CFP: Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts

by Janine Hatter on September 20, 2014

Co-hosted by Falmouth University and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association

One Day Symposium, 18th April 2015, Falmouth University, Cornwall


Keynote Speakers:

William Hughes, Bath Spa University

Andy Smith, University of Sheffield


Villainous, feminised, weak and wanting; men in the sensation genre are often seen as lacking. Critical readings of the genre, moreover, have tended to focus on its constructions of femininity, largely neglecting representations of men and masculinity. Examining the under-explored subject of Victorian men, masculinity and sensation, “Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts” represents a timely and important intervention in the field.

This one day symposium at Falmouth University will provide a point of focus and intellectual exchange for scholars working in many different fields such as: popular fiction studies, theatre studies, Gothic studies, art history, early photography and film, theories of gender, sexuality and nation in nineteenth century studies.

Proposals for panels and papers may include, but should not be limited to:

Empire and masculinity
Female masculinity
Gentlemanliness and masquerade
Masculinity and the nervous body
Monstrous masculinity
Queer masculinities
Manliness and sensation
Race and masculinity
Sexualised men
Neo-Victorian Sensation fictions

150-200 word abstracts to be sent by: 1st December 2014 to Ruth Heholt and Meredith Miller:

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Matt October 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm

This sounds a really interesting event. Are any of the MEBA organisers or members going to be in attendance?


Janine Hatter October 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I’ll definitely be putting in an abstract. Falmouth is such a beautiful campus, it’s worth the drive down!


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