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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 6 Jul 1996 13:28:08 -0700
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Dear Dickensians,

        After a month of "conferencing" in Dijon and then touring to
see the Renaissance jewels of Burgundy, your editor is once more at his
post and, as you see, posting once more.  DICKNS-L is coming back
on line with "deliberate speed" if not the "majestic instancy" of
Francis Thompson's poem.

        We'll begin things with the announcement, somewhat delayed,
of the schedule for--well, you can see.   (P. McCarthy)
              Victorian Spectacle  August 1 to 4, 1996

    "Victorian Spectacle" is the subject of this year's annual
scholarly conference at UC Santa Cruz.  The conference follows
and is linked with the summer's "Dickens Universe."  For further
information please see below or get in touch with Linda Rosewood
Hooper. Project Coordinator. [log in to unmask]


Thursday, August 1
Registration 6:45-7:30 P.M.  Kresge Town Hall UC Santa Cruz

7:30 Welcome
Hilary Schor, University of Southern California and Helena
Michie, Rice University, Conference Co-ordinators

7:45 "A Whimsical Kind of Masque": The Christmas Books
        and Victorian Spectacle, Keynote Address
        Robert Tracy, University of California, Berkeley

Friday, August 2

9:45 Featured Lecture
        The Spectacularization of Slavery in Uncle Tom's
        Cabin Posters and Playbills
        Robyn Warhol, University of Vermont

1:45 Fantastic Corpses
        Moderated by Gerhard Joseph, Lehman College, City
        University of New York

Cornelia D.J. Pearsall, Smith College
        The Spectacular Corpse: The Funeral of the Duke of Wel-
Bette London, University of Rochester
        At Home with the Savages: Seance Performance as Drawing-
        Room Spectacle
Martin Harries, Princeton University
        The Dircksian Phantasmagoria and the Question of

3:30 Scientific Visions
        Moderated by Catherine Gallagher, University of
        California, Berkeley

Kelly Hurley, University of Colorado at Boulder
        Showmen Magnetizers, Canine Automatons, and Other Spec-
        tacular Subjects: Criminal Hypnosis and the Dissolution
        of Identity
Susan H. Farnsworth, Trinity College
        Darwin, Huxley, and the Spectacles of Victorian
Louise Penner, Rice University
        Under the Microscope: Natural History and the Detective
        Plot in The Woman in White

Saturday, August 3

8:45 Featured Lecture
    Bad Scene: Dickens and the Pathology of Entertainment
    Joseph Litvak, Bowdoin College

10:30 Politics and Publicity
        Moderated by Janice Carlisle, Tulane University
  Adrienne Munich, State University of New York at Stony Brook
        Good and Plenty: Eating the Queen
Jennifer Otsuki, Brandeis University
        The Politics of Deference: Aristocratic Spectacle and
        Commodity Culture in Trollope's The Prime Minister
Elaine Hadley, University of Chicago
        The Spectacle of Secrecy: The Ballot Act, Undue
        Influence, and the Candidacy of Trollope
Kevin Gilmartin, California Institute of Technology
        `Hunt and Liberty': The Spectacle of Democratic Assembly
        in Print

1:30 Imperial Vistas
        Moderated by Susan Bernstein, University of Wisconsin,

Ronald Thomas, Trinity College
        Spectacle and Speculation: Venice and the Victorian Econ-
        omy of Vision
Laura Ciolkowski, Wesleyan University
        Trading Cannibal Tales: Border Crossings, Empire, Travel,
        and the Spectacle of English Womanhood in Mary Kingsley's
        The Travels in West Africa
Jill Matus, University of Toronto
        The Harem as Spectacle in Victorian Women's Travel Writ-

Sunday, August 4

9:00 Pageants of History
        Moderated by Eileen Cleere, Texas Tech University

Leland Monk, Boston University
        Lytton Strachey's Rear-End View of the Victorians
Harly Ramsey, University of Southern California
        Sybil and the Spectacle(s) of History
Patricia Saunders-Evans, Rutgers University
        Saurian Spectacle: The Sydenham Dinosaur Exhibit and the
        Bleak Spectre of Extinction

10:45 Exhibiting Cultures
        Moderated by Christine Alfano, University of Colorado,

Jami Moss, University of Wisconsin, Madison
        The Spectacular Body of General Tom Thumb and Medical
        "Exhibitions" in the Nineteenth Century
Richard Stein, University of Oregon
        Urban Spectacle, or, The Art of Work in the Age of
        Mechanical Reproduction
Tatiana Holway, Macalester College
        "The Most Singular and Peculiar Feature of the Exhib-
        ition": The Crystal Palace, Charles Dickens, and the
        "Coup d'Oeil" of 1851

Registration: $60. Inquire of The Dickens Project, UC Santa Cruz,
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. (408-459-2103, FAX 459-4424).
Detailed information will follow. Accommodations: A limited num-
ber of on-campus room and meal packages are available until June
15. A reservation form will be sent on registration.