115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II

Session Chair: 
Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 104


  1. Jayda Coons, University of Arizona
    This paper investigates how sight manipulates social categories within Pride and Prejudice to critique nineteenth-century empirical positivism. The eroticism and intersubjectivity of visual perception introduces problems of reading that Austen links to her skepticism of objective, knowable reality. Desire is inseparable from our reading of the world, and to disregard that reality potentially risks dangerous misinterpretations.
  2. Alanna Bartolini, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Browning uses the dramatic monologue as a way of allowing silent female figures to speak over their louder male counterparts, as a way of protesting patriarchal structures. Using Derrida’s archival theory as a lens through which to regard “My Last Duchess,” in particular, it becomes possible to understand the Duchess’s portrait as an archivally-shaped subjectivity, resisting her own curation. 
  3. Aimee Fountain, University of California, Davis
    I argue that villains disappear from realist novels during and due to the transition to neoclassical economics (1840s-1870s). As economics becomes a science, capitalism becomes naturalized, a change that has aesthetic ramifications: unnatural villainy is replaced by what Jameson calls mere “bad faith” wherein people are naturally constrained to be selfish.
Session Cancelled: