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

Victorian Empire and Oceania

Session Chair: 
Anna Feuerstein, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Eiben 207


  1. Grace Moore, University of Melbourne
    This paper will examine the ways in which Australian settler fiction of the nineteenth century engaged with bushfires.  Arguing that growing knowledge of fire led to new understandings of time and the seasons, I shall consider changing representations of fire in mid-Victorian melodramas and in later, more serious fiction.
  2. Lara Karpenko, Carroll University
    This paper examines the work of one of New Zealand’s earliest female photographers, Elizabeth Pulman (1836–1900).  Focusing on her portraits of the Maori people, I suggest that Pulman’s work unsettles what Nancy Armstrong has categorized as the “salon” and “scientific” approaches to nineteenth-century portraiture and instead subtly embraces a hybridized version of New Zealand identity. 
  3. Katherine Anderson, Western Washington University
    In adventure fictions by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, British citizens implement torture to quell rebellion on “their” Pacific Islands, thereby appropriating the state-of-emergency rhetorics originally used to justify the British state’s torture of citizen-subjects in reaction to perceived crises. These fictions undermine state-sanctioned forms of terrorism and contribute to evolving definitions of citizenship and human rights.
Session Cancelled: