This autumn is turning out to be Wilkie Collins season, with a new biography of the great sensationalist, and lots more going on. One of the first critical works I read was Jenny Bourne Taylor’s seminal In the Secret Theatre of Home: Wilkie Collins, Sensation Narrative, and Nineteenth-Century Psychology. I desperately wanted my own copy, but it had been out of print for some time. Fast-forward a few years, and now Jenny is my PhD supervisor and I’ve just republished her book in electronic format. Hopefully, this means a new generation of Victorianists can also enjoy a study that captures the complexity and vitality of Collins’ writing.
Meanwhile, I’ve also been giving the Wilkie Collins Society’s website a rejig, and we’ll be adding more content over the coming months. Most of the Wilkie Collins Journal articles are now up there, and the new issue will be out at the end of the year. I do a few web development projects here and there, in between looking after Victorian Secrets, and it was wonderful to get involved with one so closely related to my research interests.
Last but not least, the Victorian Popular Fiction Association are holding a study day on Wilkie Collins in November – the details are below. I hope to see you there.
Wilkie Collins: New Directions and Readings
The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is pleased to announce a Study Day devoted to the work of Wilkie Collins.
9th November 2013, Senate House, London
Tickets are £10 and are available online. Please note that lunch will not be provided
10:00-10:15 Welcome (Janice Allan and Joanne Ella Parsons)
10:15-11:15 Keynote by William Baker (Northern Illinois University): “Wilkie Collins: Scholarship and Criticism Past, Present and Future”
11:30-12:45 Tabitha Sparks (McGill University), “Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady and Feminine Reason: ‘Quite incredible, and nevertheless quite true’”
Meredith Miller (Falmouth University), “Popular Interiority and Political Address: The New Magdalen and The Law and the Lady”
Tara MacDonald (University of Amsterdam), “Sympathetic Doubles in Collins’s Fiction”
2:00-3:15 Catherine Delafield (Independent Scholar), “‘The patience of cats,… the ferocity of tigers’: Competitive Editing and the Serialization of The Moonstone.”
Caroline Radcliffe (University of Birmingham), “The Lighthouse by Wilkie Collins: ‘situations dramatique non encore exploitees’”
Jessica Cox (Brunel University) “Women in White: Neo-Victorianism and Wilkie Collins’s Literary Descendants”
3:30-4:25 Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough University), “‘I want a husband to vex, or a child to beat’: Sensation and Emotion as Redemption in Armadale”
Joanne Ella Parsons (Bath Spa University), “Fosco’s Fat: Bodily Control and Transgressive Consumption in The Woman in White”
4:30-5:30 Roundtable discussion on No Name Reading Project
Pete Orford (Buckingham University), Anne-Marie Beller (University of Loughborough), Hazel Mackenzie (Buckingham) and Joanne Shattock (Leicester).
If you wish to be kept informed of events organised by the Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA) then a membership form for the association can be downloaded from the website.