Mary Elizabeth Braddon Public Engagement and Study Day Programme

Mary Elizabeth Braddon Public Engagement and Study Day

14th November 2015

Teaching Room 2, Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull

This event is a study day to commemorate the centenary of Braddon’s death in 1915, and is open to the public. It is co-hosted by the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association, the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, and the OpenCampus programme at the University of Hull.

12.00 – Registration and Welcome

12.30 – Keynote: Dr Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough)

‘“Queen of the Circulating Libraries”: Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Changing Constructions of Victorian Authorship’

2.00 – Tea/Coffee Break

2.30 – Panel: ‘From Sensation to Gothic: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Spookier Stories’

Victoria Margree (Brighton): ‘Mary Braddon’s Supernatural Short Fiction’

Helena Ifill (Sheffield): ‘Mary Braddon’s Use of the Gothic in her Shorter Fiction’

Janine Hatter (Hull): ‘Mary Braddon’s Rewriting of the Faustian Pact: Gerard; or The World, The Flesh, and the Devil

4.00 – Roundtable: ‘From Sensation to Detection: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Detective Story “The Mystery at Fernwood”’

5.00 – Drinks Reception, Gallery Hall, with a private viewing of the exhibition: ‘Theatre, Crime and Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Hull and the East Riding’

Registration for the day, including refreshments, is £10. Please register by Friday 13th November via the University of Hull’s Online Conference website. Any queries please email:

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