The Literary 1880s

Date(s) - 23/03/2012 - 24/03/2012
All Day

Conference Room, David Hume Tower


University of Edinburgh: Conference Room, David Hume Tower

Workshops sponsored by British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Spaces are limited – please email Sarah Ames to attend.


Friday 23rd March 2.00 -5.15
James, Stevenson, and the Literary Essay

2.00-3.00         The Literary Essay in the 1880s
Andrew Taylor,  ‘James, Trollope and the Categories of Fiction’
Sara Lodge, ‘Max Beerbohm, Camp Aesthetics and “1880”’

3.00                 Tea/coffee

3.30-5.15         Roundtable on the New Edinburgh Edition of Stevenson’s Essays: Robert-Louis Abrahamson, Richard Dury, Lesley Graham, Alex Thomson

Saturday 24th March 9.15-5.00
The 1880s: Literature’s Uncertain Decade

9.30-11.30       William Greenslade (UWE): ‘”Family and Friends”: High-mindedness and the Secular Turn’
Clare Pettitt (King’s, London): ‘Cables, Coding, and Telegraphic Culture in the 1880s’
Anna Vaninskaya (Edinburgh): ‘”The Truth About Russia”: British Culture and Russia in the 1880s’

11.30   Coffee

12.00-1.00       Stephen Arata (Virginia):   ‘The Modernity of the 1880s’

1.00-2.00         LUNCH

2.00-4.00         John Holmes (Reading): ‘’Bridges against Hopkins: The Historical Significance of 1880s poetry’
Glenda Norquay (LJM):  ‘Toils and spoils: commodifying literary  culture – a Stevenson case study’
Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford):‘The diseases of modern life and One of our Conquerors

4.00     Coffee

4.30-5.00         Roundtable discussion: Helen Small (Oxford), Sara Lodge (St Andrews), Andrew Taylor (Edinburgh), Penny Fielding (Edinburgh)