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                 Dickens Universe Meeting, 1993
                            A Report
                   Events, Lectures, and Papers

    The Dickens Project (centered at Kresge College, University
of California, Santa Cruz) has just concluded its thirteenth
annual Dickens Universe at the Santa Cruz campus.

    "Dickens Universe" is the umbrella term for the cluster of
week-long activities which include a course for teachers and the
general public (each conducted jointly by a faculty member and a
graduate student); seminars for graduate students; formal lec-
tures; small discussion groups and workshops; readings, films and
videos of Dickens's works.  It is held every year in conjunction
with a weekend conference--this year on "Victorian Mystery"--the
two groups intersecting with one another and presenting interre-
lated lectures and discussions.

    As has become usual, hundreds of people attended, many for
the entire week.  Among them were 26 faculty, 21 presenters at
the conference, and 31 graduate students chosen by their partici-
pating universities.  Attendees had a choice of 16 formal lec-
tures and, at the conference, 21 papers as well as several film
showings, readings by Philip Collins, entertainment by the Dick-
ens Players, and panel discussions.  This is not to omit the
Dickens Book Fair, raffles, afternoon teas, "postprandial pota-
tions" (a phrase from the schedule), mystery games, a dessert
party, endless talk, and general camaraderie.  The week, that is
to say, was both serious and light, scholarly and joyously frivo-

    Perhaps, my fellow Dickensians, you would like to see a list
of lecturers and their lecture titles?  For the most part these
centered on the book being studied for the week, _The Mystery of
Edwin Drood_, but there were also specially solicited talks on
related subjects.  Here they are in the order in which they were
given with an occasional word of comment.  I shall append a list
of the papers given as part of the "Victorian Mystery" Con-

Robert Tracy, University of California, Berkeley, "Murder in the
   Cathedral: Dickens's Book of Uncommon Prayer" (Opening lecture
   focussing in part on the cathedral setting and other religious
   connections of the novel)

Gordon Philo, "The _Drood_ Debate in the Nineteenth Century and
   the 1914 Drood Trials"

Fred Kaplan, City University of New York, Graduate Center, "Con-
   ceiving Biographies: Dickens and Twain" (Biographer of Carlyle
   and Dickens, Kaplan is now working on Twain.)

Ray Dubberke, "The _Drood_ Literature and Other Matters"

John Glavin, Georgetown University, "Drood: A Winter's Tale by
   Dickens" (On the theatricality of _MED_)

Carol MacKay, University of Texas, Austin, "Supraimagery in _The
   Mystery of Edwin Drood_" (On "the governing supraimage" which
   "permeates the entire work ..., acting as a template on many

Emily Woudenberg, University of California, Santa Cruz, "'And all
   should cry, beware! beware!' Late Victorian Opium Dens"

Wendy Jacobson, Rhodes University, "John Jasper and the Mark of

George Newlin, "Windows into Dickens: A New Kind of Anthology"

David Parker, Dickens House Museum, "Drood Redux: Mystery and the
   Art of Fiction"

Gordon Philo, "An Ancient English Cathedral Town"  (The orders,
   groupings, functions and functionaries of an English Cathedral

Philip Collins, University of Leicester, "Dickens as Podsnap"

Gerhard Joseph, Lehman College, CUNY, "Who Cares Who Killed Edwin
   Drood?" (Joseph reads the "symmetrical Chapters 1 and 22 ...
   as the beginning and conclusion of a _finished_, not an
   unfinished narrative.)

Lawrence Frank, University of Oklahoma, "_The Mystery of Edwin
   Drood_ and the Art of Reconstruction"  (On the influence of
   the narrative models provided by geology, archaeology, and
   evolutionary biology on Dickens in _MED_ and to a degree on

Donald Rumbelow, formerly of the London Metropolitan Police,
   "Jack the Ripper" (Repeated for town audience later in week)

Judith Knelman, University of Western Ontario, "Victorian Murder,
   Female Motives and Methods" (Keynote address for Conference
   and "swing talk" for both groups)

                  Victorian Mystery Conference
          (Organized by John Jordan and Albert Hutter)

Laura Inman, Columbia University, "Gender and Victorian Female
   Crime: The Case of Victoria Manning"

Patrick Leary, Indiana University, "The Poisoning of Husbands:
   Arsenic and Sexual Politics at Mid-Century"

Anne Humpherys, Lehman College and Graduate Center, CUNY,
   "`Police Intelligence': Newgate Narrative and the Construction
   of Crime"

Kenneth Thompson, University of Virginia, "Dialectic
   Sensationalism and the Newgate Controversy: _Oliver Twist_,
   _Jack Sheppard_, and Courvoisier"

Larry Wolff, Boston College, "Juvenile Criminality and Erotic
   Sentimentality in _Oliver Twist_"

Thomas Caramagno, University of Nebraska, "Victorian Ideas on the
   Dual Brain" (A companion paper to the one following)

Kathleen Spencer, University of Nebraska, "Mysterious Powers of
   Mind: Late Victorian Fantastic Fiction"

Peter Dale, University of California, Davis, "Oscar Wilde: Crime
   and the `Gracious Shapes of Art'"

Donald Rumbelow, (see above) "The Curs" [of Scotland Yard]

Sara Berman, Columbia University, "The Meaning of Mediumship"

Michael Doylen, University of California, Santa Cruz, "Writing
   the Body, Writing the Mind: Phrenology and the Construction of
   Victorian Subjectivity"

Diana Basham, University of Warwick, "Grey Ladies: Victorian
   Women's Ghost Stories and Victorian Women Ghosts"

Barbara Gottfried, Bentley College, "Figures of Mystery on the
   Threshold of the Domestic: Heathcliff and the `Tenant' of
   Wildfell Hall"

Brian Cheadle, University of Witwatersrand, "The Case of the Dark
   Surgeon: Mystification and Mystery in the Later Dickens"

Ian Duncan, Yale University, "The Secret History of the World in
   _The Moonstone_"

Catherine Hollis, University of California, Berkeley, "`Am I Tied
   to a Wheel?' Locomotion in _Lady Audley's Secret_"

Susan David Bernstein, University of Wisconsin, Madison,
   "Colonizing Domestic Mysteries: The Discourse of Primitivism
   and Collins's Sensation Fiction"

Ronald Thomas, Trinity College, "The Lady Vanishes: The Mystery
   of Identity in Victorian Sensation Fiction"

Theresa Mangum, University of Iowa, "Wilkie Collins, Detection,
   and Deformity"

Susan Katz, New York University, "Dispossession and Self-
   Creation: The Case of the Female Sleuth"

Susan Leonardi and Rebecca Pope, University of Maryland and
   Georgetown University, "The Return of Irene Adler"
    The novel to be studied at next year's Dickens Universe is
   _Hard Times_.  The Director of the Dickens Project is Profes-
   sor John Jordan, Kresge College, UC Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (tel.

    Cheers and greetings,

    Patrick McCarthy
    Dept. of English
    UC Santa Barbara, CA 93016