“Victorian Theory?” Program

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All events take place in the Martin E. Segal Theater unless otherwise indicated

Morning Session

8:45 A.M.-12:00 P.M.


Steve Kruger

Executive Officer

PhD Program in English

CUNY Graduate Center

Morning Moderator: Steven Amarnick, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

Global and Racial Victorians

Tanya Agathocleous

Hunter College, CUNY

“Where in the World is Victorian Studies? Globalizing Victorian Literature, Then and Now”

Daniel Novak

Louisiana State University

“Theorizing Victoria’s ‘Accursed Race’: The Cagots, the West, and Victorian Racial Thinking”

Discussion and Break

Victorian Subjects

Peter Logan

Temple University

“Psychology and Anthropology, in Theory”

Anna Jones

University of Central Florida

“Self-Possession: Toward a Gothic Theory of Liberalism”

Lunch (on your own)

12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.


Afternoon Session

2:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M.

Afternoon Moderator: Caroline Reitz, John Jay College, CUNY

Forms and Networks

Caroline Levine

University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Form’s Force: Louis Althusser or Elizabeth Barrett Browning?”

Jonathan Grossman

University of California, Los Angeles


Victorian Feminisms

Kathy Psomiades

Duke University

“The Way We Read Then: Feminist Theory, Victorian Theory and the Historicity of Knowledge”

Pamela Gilbert

University of Florida

“The Other Victorians: Sexuality and Feminist Readings of Victorian Popular Fiction”

Discussion and Break

Keynote Address (5:00 P.M.):

Andrew H. Miller

University of Indiana


6:00 P.M.

English Common Space, Room 4406

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