116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

British Literature and Culture: Long 19th Century II

Session Chair: 
Grant Palmer, University of California, Riverside
Session 2: Friday 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm
Miller Hall 35


  1. Grace Chen, The University of Arizona
    Although H. Rider Haggard’s She has clear references to Darwin’s Origin of Species, there has not been extensive scholarship on the connection between the two texts. This paper examines how Haggard creates a sense of contagious animality by using snake metaphors in describing the Queen, the African landscape, and the Amahagger people. Through the novel’s symbolism, She expresses nineteenth-century anxieties about how women in authority trigger evolutionary regression.   
  2. Munseong Park, Sogang University (South Korea)
    The contrasting conclusions between authors of dominant fiction and authors of co-authorship in George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871) emphasizes the significance of pliable masculinity in the construction of a family structure in which women’s voices are heard and acknowledged, foreshadowing the New Man of the 1890s.
  3. Jessica Woolley, Washington State University
    Writing in an era that saw profound changes in the area of parenting, the Brontës carefully capture the Nineteenth-Century’s stereotypes when it concerns parental roles. This paper explores some of the postivie and negative representations of mothers, fathers and substitute mothers in the Brontës’ work, before later turning its attention to the connection between the deceased mother and the nineteenth-century ideal mother.  
  4. Kay Walter, University of Arkansas at Monticello
    Venice embodies the vitality of Italian culture and art on the world stage.  John Ruskin played an important role in shaping the Venice we see today.  The interactions between England and Venice are evident in the city’s current celebration of this adopted son.  My paper explores examples of the results.
Session Cancelled: