Neo-Victorian Decadences

‘They did not eat physical food: they seemed to subsist on the appreciation of
beauty – a beauty unrecognized by humans or other denizens of the
mundane plane.’
China Miéville, Perdido Street Station (2000)

Do you believe there is a demimonde, Mr Chandler? A  half-world between what we know and what we fear. A place in the shadows rarely seen, but deeply felt.
Penny Dreadful (2014)

I made it all up, and it all came true anyway.
Alan Moore, From Hell (1999)

This two-day academic conference will take place between September 89, 2017 at St John’s College, Durham University. The conference aims to refocus Neo-Victorian studies by considering reinterpretations and representations of nineteenth-century decadence in works from the Interwar period to the present day.

We invite submissions for papers (15-20 minutes) on Neo-Victorian decadence in a wide range of fields, from literature to film, from sub-cultures to mass media, and everything in between. Abstracts of no more than 250 words will be accepted until July 2, 2017.

Keynote Speakers: Dr Marie-Luise Kolhke, Swansea University
Dr Kirsten MacLeod, Newcastle University

Sponsored by the Department of English Studies at Durham University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Conference Organisers: Dr Kostas Boyiopoulos, Durham University
Joseph Thorne, Liverpool John Moores University


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