Conference Programme: Sensational Influences: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Literary Legacies

Sensational Influences: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Literary Legacies

A Conference to commemorate the centenary of Braddon’s death

4-5 September 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet St., London

Please note, all panels will take place in Room 349 (3rd floor), except panel 6a, which will be in the Bedford Room (37) on the ground floor.



9:00-9:30 Registration & Welcome, Tea and Coffee

9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Braddon Abroad

Chair: Andrew Mangham

Saverio Tomaiuolo (Cassino University), “A House of One’s Own: Greek Culture in The Fatal Three and One Thing Needful

Mariaconcetta Costantini (G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara), “Hero-Worship and Sensationalism in Garibaldi: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, the Italian Question and the Revision of Literary Stereotypes”

Charlotte Mathieson (University of Warwick), “‘Dying of thirst and fever under a scorching sun’: representing India in John Marchmont’s Legacy

11:00-11:15 Tea / Coffee

11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Female Contemporaries, Rivals, and Influences

Chair: Victoria Callanan

Graziella Stringos (University of Malta), ‘She Only Said, “My Life is Weary!”’: Unhappy Wives in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s The Doctor’s Wife (1864) and Rhoda Broughton’s Belinda (1883)”

Isabel Seidel (University of Aberdeen), “Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s works and Margaret Oliphant’s literary criticism”

Joanne Knowles (Liverpool John Moores University), “TBC”

12:45 – 1:45: LUNCH

1:45-3:15 Panel 3: Theatre

Chair: Kate Mattacks

Nicole Savage (Stony Brook University, New York), “We may read faces but not hearts”: Gender, Performance, and Theater in Lady Audley’s Secret”

Beth Palmer (University of Surrey), “Braddon and the Sensational Stage”

Lori Comerford (University College Dublin), “Women in Grey: Clothing and Autonomy in Braddon’s Wyllard’s Weird”

3:15-4:00 Presentation from the Braddon Archive at the ICVWW

Gabrielle Malcolm (International Centre for Victorian Women Writers, Canterbury Christ Church University) and Kate Mattacks (UWE), “M. E. Braddon as Cultural Capital”

4:15-5.30 Keynote Lecture: Jennifer Phegley (University of Missouri-Kansas City) – Chair: Anne-Marie Beller

Sensational Writer Meets Maverick Publisher: How Mary Elizabeth Braddon and John Maxwell Collaboratively Produced the Halfpenny Journal, Cultivated New Reading Audiences, and Built their own Brand of Popular Literature

5:30-7:00 Wine Reception

7:30 Dinner at Olivelli’s, Store St., Bloomsbury


SATURDAY 5 September, 2015

9:30-11:00 Panel 4: Gothic, Madness, and Secrecy

Chair: Pete Orford

Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough University), “Brain Fever, Liminality and Contagion in Rupert Godwin

Cornelia Rémi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich), “Epistemic Functions of Secrecy in Braddon’s Early Novels”

Helena Ifill (University of Sheffield), “Gothic Braddon”

11:00-11:15 Tea / Coffee

11:15-12:45 Panel 5: Intertextual Braddon

Chair: Charlotte Mathieson

Tamar Heller (University of Cincinnati), “Ladies with Secrets: Lady de Winter, Lady Audley, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Revision of The Three Musketeers

Pete Orford (University of Buckingham), “A Triangular study of Lady Audley’s Secret, Desperate Remedies and The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Anne-Louise Russell (Anglia Ruskin University), “Reading Braddon’s Reading: Allusion and Intertextuality in Taken at the Flood”

12:45-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:15 Panel 6a: Detectives and Detection

Chair: Anne-Marie Beller

Heather Flyte (Kutztown University, Pennsylvania), “The Detective They Deserve: Robert Audley and the Policing of Class in Lady Audley’s Secret”

Sarah Margaret Kniesler (University of Florida), “Profiling the Profiler: The Trail of the Serpent and Braddon’s Influence on Detective Fiction”

Christopher Yiannitsaros (University of Warwick), “Lady Audley’s and Letitia Blacklock’s Secrets: Reimagining Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Novel in Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced

13.45-15:15 Panel 6b: Gender Roles

Chair: Saverio Tomaiuolo

Janine Hatter (University of Hull), “Active Females and Passive Men: Braddon’s Challenge to Victorian Masculinity”

Anna Brecke (University of Rhode Island), “Pretty Horsebreakers: the ‘horsiness’ and ‘dogginess’ of femininity in Braddon’s Vixen and Aurora Floyd

Joanne Ella Parsons (Bath Spa University), “Manly Hospitality and Lobster Salads: Public and Private Dining in The Doctor’s Wife”

15:15-15:30 Tea / Coffee

15:30-17:30 Panel 7: Braddon and the Literary Marketplace

Chair: Anna Brecke

Victoria Callanan (Canterbury Christ Church University), ‘“A Few Stereotyped Phrases”: Mary Braddon’s Fiction and the Language of Print’

Chris Louttit (Radboud University, Netherlands), “Braddon among the Bohemians”

Amy Holley (Swansea University), “Mad or Bad? Analysing the Theatrical Approach to Lady Audley in Nineteenth-Century Stage Adaptations of Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret

Anne Reus (Leeds Trinity University, UK ), “Visual Arts, Women Writers and the Marketplace in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s The Lady’s Mile and Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks

17:30 End of conference

2 Replies to “Conference Programme: Sensational Influences: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Literary Legacies

  1. Is this open to all or just invited academics? Would be very interested in coming on the Saturday ( back at work teaching on the Friday) if this is possible! Thanks.

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