112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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English Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century I

Session Chair: 
Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 9


  1. Diana E. Bellonby, Vanderbilt University
    This paper explores the forgotten genre of magic-portrait fiction, which popularized two familiar spirits: the male artistic master and the tragic female sitter. With a focus on the sitter and the dandy, I study the sexual economy of portraiture in late-Victorian fiction through readings of two magic-portrait stories: Ouida’s unstudied tale, “The Adder” (1888), and Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), which reworks the plot of Ouida’s earlier text.
  2. Leila May, North Carolina State University
    In this paper I apply John Austin’s theory of performative utterances to prominent examples of such speech acts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, arriving at philosophical conclusions about the nature of nonsense and madness (and the relation between these categories) in the two lands that Carroll created.
  3. Molly O'Donnell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Part of a larger project on the nineteenth-century tales novel, this paper examines how Sheridan Le Fanu’s In a Glass Darkly and Arthur Machen’s The Three Impostors blur the clear-cut gender division articulated in the prior masculine presentation and feminine reinterpretation. The results of this study are revealing in the areas of gender, genre, narrative, and nineteenth-century studies.
Session Cancelled: