2014: “Bad Victorians” Program

Click on speakers’ names for biographies

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

Morning Session

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


8:45 – Mario DiGangi

Executive Officer

PhD Program in English

CUNY Graduate Center


Morning Moderator: Kathleen Urda, Bronx Community College

9:00-10:20am – Distressing Aftermaths

James Najarian

Boston College

“Derivative,” “Weak,” “Minor,” and “Bad”: John Keats and Thomas Hood”

Deborah Lutz

Long Island University

“Dickens and Twitchy Death Masks”


10:20-10:40 – Discussion and Break


10:40-12 – Nasty Spots

Alex Murray

University of Exeter

“Landscapes of Decadence”

Andrew Mangham

University of Reading

“Dismembered Narratives: Dickens’s Journalism and the Murder at Edgware Road”


Lunch (on your own)

12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.


Afternoon Session

2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.


Afternoon Moderator: Renata Miller, The City College of New York

2:00-3:30pm – Dreadful Deaths

Rachel Ablow

University of Buffalo, SUNY


Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

Louisiana State University

“Sweeney Todds: The Satirical Afterlife of a Victorian Bogeyman”


3:30-4:00pm – Discussion and Break


4:00-6:00pm – Ungentlemanly Behaviors

Helena Michie

Rice University

“Counter-domesticities : The Good (?) Life of Sir George Scharf”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Catherine Gallagher

University of California, Berkeley

“Wuthering Heights: the Revenge Novel”



6:00 P.M.

English Common Space, Room 4406

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