Nineteenth-Century Group

Nineteenth-Century Group

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schedule

2020-2021

 

Fall

reconvening: short social hour & brief discussion
of working and dissertating in these times

Tuesday, October 20
4pm–5pm

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Kiel Shaub (UCLA)

“Modeling Genius:
Performance and Pedagogy in Coleridge’s Royal Institution Lectures”

Tuesday, November 17
4pm–6pm

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Winter

Jessica Cook (UCLA)
“A Sound, and nothing but a Sound”: Poetic and Mathematical Nonsense

Tuesday, February 16
2pm–4pm

 

Spring

Yangjung Lee
The Perils of Certain English Prisoners, informal empires, and the global trade system”
tbd

 

Michael Vignola
tbd

 

Fingers crossed we get to do our Annual End-of-Year Dinner

The 19th-Century Group is an interdisciplinary research colloquium for the study of British literature and culture broadly and openly defined, including trans-Atlantic exchanges, empire, and more. We are interested in the long nineteenth century, including the late eighteenth century and the Edwardian period.

The group holds about two or three meetings each quarter. Our primary purpose is to provide a place where UCLA graduate students and faculty can share their work in progress in the form of a pre-cirulated paper. We also host visiting scholars on occasion. All welcome. You need not be from UCLA.

If you’re interested, please sign up for our mailing list by emailing: jhg@ucla.edu.

Graduate Coordinator: Yangjung Lee
Faculty Coordinator: Jonathan Grossman

 

2019-2020

Fall

Sara Lodge (St. Andrews)
“Bongs, Dongs and Nonsense Songs: Edward Lear’s Music”

Wednesday
October 23
4pm–5:30pm
Kaplan 193

Lilly Lu
“‘To Excite and To Feel’: Theorizing Gratitude in Jane Austen’s Emma

Wednesday
November 20
4pm–5:30pm
Kaplan 193

Winter

Ji Eun Lee
“Wooshing: The Country and the City of No Telos in H. G. Wells’s Tono-Bungay”

Tuesday
January 28
4pm–5:30pm
Kaplan 193

Jacqueline Barrios
“Chinese Riot in London: Reporting Away East Asian Occupation of the British Metropole”

Tuesday
March 10
4pm–5:30pm
Kaplan 193

Spring

Our Spring events are cancelled. Stay safe.

2018-2019

Fall

Ji Eun Lee (UCLA)
“Prowling: Non-Humans in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Wednesday
October 17
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Lilly Lu (UCLA)
“Assuming Innocence: The Ingénue’s Vehicle for Satire in Frances Burney’s Evelina
Wednesday
November 14
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Winter

Crescent Rainwater (UCLA)
“‘I want bad things—strong bad things’:
Fin-de-Siècle Aestheticism and Female Modernism in Dorothy Richardson’s Backwater (1916)”
Wednesday
January 23
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Michael Vignola (UCLA)
“Anthony Trollope’s Leap in the Dark: Phineas Finn and the Temporality of Reform”
Wednesday
February 13
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Dickens Project Graduate Conference
February 16–18, 2019
Royce 306 & 314
Register to attend the conference with Michael Vignola.

Rachel Teukolsky (Vanderbilt)
“Disraeli, Arendt, and the Fascist Novel”
Monday
March 4
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Spring

 

Jessica Cook (UCLA)
“Victorian Future Memory”
Wednesday
April 24
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Jacqueline Barrios (UCLA)
“London Bound: Ships, Space and the Transurban Imaginary”
Tuesday
June 4
4pm–6pm
Kaplan 193

Followed by our Annual End-of-Year Dinner

2017-18

 

Oriah Amit (UCLA)
“‘Perfect Security’: Surveillance and the Problem of Securing Commodities in the Wake of the 1851 Great Lock Controversy”
October 23
Hum 193
4pm

David Russell (Oxford)
“John Ruskin, Iconoclast”
November 15
Hum 193
4pm

Angelina Del Balzo (UCLA)
“The Arabian Nights on an Illegitimate Stage”
November 15
Hum 193
4pm

Samantha Morse (UCLA)
“Reconsidering the ‘Dreadful’ in Sweeney Todd and the Victorian Penny Press”
February 15
Hum 193
4pm

Kiel Shaub (UCLA)
“‘Darwin’s Beautiful’: Coadaptation as a Problem of Evolutionary Aesthetics”
March 12
Hum 193
4pm

Kathleen Frederickson (UC Davis)
“Sex on the Commons”
May 5
Hum 193
4pm

Michelle Radnia (UCLA)
“Afterlife of the Grecian Urn: Pastiche and Keatsian Aesthetics in Charles Lamb’s ‘Old China’”
June 5
Hum 193
4pm

 

2016-17

 

Chris Looby (UCLA)
“Not to Mention (the marmorean unconscious)”
October 25
Hum 193
4pm

Michael Vignola(UCLA)
“Embodying the Multitude: Classification and Deviation in George Gissing’s The Nether World”
January 17
Hum 193
4pm

 Jacqueline Barrios (UCLA)
“Affecting Dombey: Susan Nipper as Domestic Worker of Fiction”
Wednesday
February 15
Hum 193
4pm

Terry Robinson (Toronto)
Signs of the Times: Deaf Education and the Rise of Melodrama
a joint meeting with the 18thc colloquium
April 13
Hum 193
4pm

Claire Jarvis (Stanford)
“Almost Trollope”
May 5
Hum 193
4pm

Cailey Hall (UCLA)
“A Sociability of the Bowels”
May 17
Hum 193
4pm

Crescent Rainwater (UCLA)
“Netta Syrett’s Nobody Fault: The Story of a Feminist Aesthete”
June 7
Hum 193
4pm
followed by our traditional end-of-year dinner

2015-16

 

Katie Charles (UCLA)
“‘Who is Speaking?:’ Interpolated Tales in Obi and The Female American”
October 13
Hum 193
4pm

Tag-a-Thon: Yellowbacks
Hosted by Ellen Truxaw & Jonathan Grossman
October 27
Young Research Library
12-2pm

Melissa Bailes (Tulane)
“Literary Plagiarism and Scientific Originality: The “Trans-Atlantic Wilderness” of Goldsmith, Aiken, and Barbauld”
Thursday
January 21
Hum 193
4pm

Sharon Marcus (Columbia)
“The Drama of Celebrity: Attraction”
Monday
February 22
Hum 193
4pm

Joseph Lavery (Berkeley)
“Loving the Alien: Japan and the Victorian Tradition”
March 1
Hum 250
4pm

Christopher Rovee (LSU)
“Shelley’s Immaturity”
April 20
Hum 193
4pm

Beatrice Sanford Russell (USC)
“Whispering by Niagra: Subtelty in and Age of Revolution”
May 4
Hum 193
4pm

Lindsay Wilhelm (UCLA)
“‘Art for the Sake of Life’: The ‘Life-Enhancing’ Aesthetics of Vernon Lee and Bernard Berenson”
May 25
Hum 193
4pm
followed by our traditional end-of-year dinner

2014-15

 

Crescent Rainwater (UCLA)
“‘To Give Myself on Paper to a Crowd of Scoffers’: George Egerton. The Yellow Book, and the Anxiety of Authorship”
October 27
Hum 193
4pm

Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside)
“The Disaster of Franklin: Victorian Exploration in Today’s Arctic”
November 13
Hum 193
4pm

Simon Reader (Harvard)
“Charles Darwin’s Styles of Inconsequence”
January 26
Hum 193
4pm

Irene Tucker (UC Irvine)
The Moment of Racial Sight: A History (book discussion)
February 23
Hum 193
4pm

Kevin Lambert (Fullerton)
“Victorian Cyborg Publishing: Samuel Butler, Industrialized Print and Automatic Reading”
April 20
Hum 193
4pm

Amy Wong (UCLA)
“Disfluency in Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford’s The Inheritors”
May 26
Hum 193
4pm
End-of-year Dinner!

2013-14

 

Cristina Richieri Griffin
“The History of Pumpernickel: Incarnating the Omniscient Narrator in William Makepeace Thackerasy’s Vanity Fair
October 29
Hum 193
4pm

Alethia Smith
“Blue China of Japan: Orientalism, Aesthetics, and Chinese Culture in Wilde”
November 12
Hum 193
4pm

Jack Caughey
“The Practical Fictioneer: The Making of the Self-Making Writer”
January 16
Hum 250
2pm

Ellen Truxaw
“Dickens Decorated Initials: Interdiegetical Linsk and Narrative Counterfactuals in Master Humphrey’s Clock”
April 22
Hum 193
4pm

Susan Zieger (UC Riverside)
“‘A Malady of Dreaming’: Reverie, Personality, and Media in The Picture of Dorian Gray
April 29
Hum 193
4pm

Juan Sanchez
“England and Spain and the Domestic Affections: Felicia Hemans and the Politics of Literature”
May 13
Hum 193
4pm

Dan Couch
“Repetitious Reading: The Shock of the Refrain in “Bartleby, the Scrivner: A Story of Wall-Street”
May 27
Hum 193
4pm
End of the Year Dinner

2012-13

 

Lindsay Wilhelm (UCLA)
“The Irresistible ‘Vibration of Long-Past Acts’: Vernon Lee, Heredity, and the Supernatural”
October30
Hum 193
4pm

Katie Charles (UCLA)
“Dickens’s Self-Encounters”
March 5
Hum 193
4pm

Michael Nicholson (UCLA)
“A Singular Experiment: The Creature as Scientist in Frankenstein”
March 12
Hum 193
4pm

Ruth Livesey (University College London)
“Lessons from America: Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, and the Spectre of Abandonment”
April 16
Hum 193
4pm

Sharon Marcus (Columbia)
“The Celebrity System”
May 9
Hum 193
4pm

Devin Griffiths (USC)
“The Shape of Comparative History”
May 14
Hum 193
4pm

Anthony Camara (UCLA)
“For a Darker Ecology: Vital Matters in the Weird Fiction of William Hope Hodgson”
June 4
Hum 193
4pm
End of the year dinner

2011-12

 

Josie Richstad (UCLA)
“Fashionable Character”
October 13
Hum 193
2pm

Aaron Kunin (Pomona)
“Wilde in the Age of Ideas”
October 18
Hum 193
5pm

Katie Charles (UCLA)
“The Problem of Education in Middlemarch and Mill on the Floss
December 6
Hum 193
4pm

Jonathan Grossman
Charles Dickens at 200: an afternoon of bicentennial birthday events
7 February 2012
A Tale of Two Cities and the Passengers of History” (12:00pm talk, Hum 193)
“‘….the Sum of a Life’: Charles Dickens at 200” (1:30pm exhibit opening Young Research Library)
David Lean’s Great Expectations (movie, 3pm Hum 193)

Ronjaunee Chatterjee (UCLA)
“Sequencing Alice: Various Infinity and Singularity in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass”
February 28
Hum 193
4pm

Ryan Fong (Davis)
“(Re)reading Kipling’s India”
March 13
Hum 193
4pm

Dehn Gilmore (Caltech)
“‘Truly it was Astonishincg’: The Exhibition, the Sensation Novel and the Culture of the Spectacular”
April 10
Hum 193
4pm

End of the Year Dinner

2010-11

 

Andrea Henderson (UCI)
“From Symbol to Symbolic Logic: Victorian Liberalism and the Mathematicization of Language”
October 26
Hum 193
4pm

Amy Wong (UCLA)
“Sympathy and Reading Dickens’s Sketches by Boz as Reportorial Storytelling”
November 16
Hum 193
4pm

Erika Wright
“Dickens in Quarantine: Social Theory, Narrative Acts, Little Dorrit
January 25
Hum 193
4pm

Nancy Armstrong (Brown)
“What is the Contemporary Novel”
March 3
Hum 193
4pm

Bryan Rasmussen (California Lutheran)
“The Enthography of Enchantment”
May 10
Hum 193
4pm

Justine Pizzo (UCLA)
“Fractured Forms, Fragmented Bodies: The Precipitation of Character in Bleak House
May 31
Hum 193
4pm
End of the Year Dinner

2009-10

 

Neil Hultgen (CSU Long Beach)
“Melodrama, Leprosy, and Transactional Feelings in Stevenson’s ‘The Bottle Imp'”
October 20
Hum 193
4pm

Cristina Richieri Griffin (UCLA)
“Alice Mewell’s Maternal Poetics: Writing the Rythms of Womb, Fetus, & Child”
November 17
Hum 193
4pm

Martha Vicinus (U Michigan)
“Cosmopolitan Depth: A. Mary F. Mary Robinson (1857-1944) and the Middle Ages”
January 19
Hum 193
4pm

William Cohen (Maryland)
“Queer Universalism and the French Oscar Wilde”
March 30
Hum 193
4pm

Ian Newman (UCLA)
“The Politics of Landscape in Thomas Holcroft’s Anna St. Ives
April 27
Hum 193
4pm

End of year dinner
June 2

2008-09

 

Helena Michie (Rice)
“Victorian(ist) ‘Whiles’ and the Tenses of Historicism”
October 14
Hum 193
4pm

Jim Caufield
“”Most Free from Personality’: Arnold’s Method of Ethical Exemplarity”
November 25
Hum 193
4pm

Josie Richstad (UCLA)
“Fashioning the Fashionable Novel: The Social Exclusivity of English Fiction, 1824-1848”
March 3
Hum 193
4pm

Jami Bartlett (Irvine)
“Throwing Things in Thackeray”
May 5
Hum 193
4pm

Elizabeth Miller (UC Davis)
“Measured Revolution: Poetry and the Late-Victorian Radical Press”
May 28
Hum 193
4pm

End of year dinner

 

2007-08

 

Noah Comet (UCLA)
“Felicia Hemans and the “exquisite remains” of Modern Greece”
October 16
Hum 193
4pm

Matt Dubord (UCLA)
“Free, Brave, and Personal: Art and Politics m Henry James’s The Tragic Muse
November 6
Hum 193
4pm

Adam Lowenstein (UCLA)
“‘Suprises that struck the hour’: The Tragic Muse and the Representational Crisis of the Jamesian Serial”
November 20
Hum 193
4pm

Dustin Friendman (UCLA)
“‘Untidy lives’: Negativity and Desire m the British Kunstlerroman, 1866-1919”
January 28
Hum 193
4pm

Kate Bergren
“The Romantic Epigraph in Lydia Maria Child’s Anti-Slavery Writing”
March 4
Hum 193
4pm

David Kurnick (Rutgers)
“Acoustics in the Thackeray Theater”
March 18
Hum 193
4pm

Katherine Isokawa
“‘The Motor’s Come to Stay’: Reading Motion in Howard’s End
April 29
Hum 193
4pm

 

2006-07

 

Josephine Richstad (UCLA, English)
“‘Proofs of so wild a story’: Authority at Stake in Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
October 31
Hum 193
4pm

Julie Codell (ASU, Art History)
“Indian Travelers’ Narratives: The Guest Discourse & Reversing the Grand Tour”
November 14
Hum 193
4pm

Jim Masland (UCLA, English)
“Authoring a British Identity: Narratives of Afro-Caribbean Masculinity”
January 16
Hum 193
4pm

Joseph Childers (UC Riverside)
“Mr. Mukharji Goes to London”
February 6
Hum 193
4pm

Anna Kornbluh (UC Irvine)
“‘Money expects Money’: The Economic Problem of Satire in The Way We Live Now”
April 24
Hum 193
4pm

Hilary Schor (USC)
“George Eliot and the Curious Bride; or Maidens Choosing”
May 17
Hum 250
4pm

 

2005-06

 

Adam Lowenstein (English)
“Henry James and the Evolution of the Art-Novel”
October 12
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Ayelet Ben-Yishai (Berkeley)
“Victorian Commonalities: Gossip, Fiction and the Problem of Legal Positivism”
November 1
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Noelle Chao (UCLA)
“At the Border of Musical Letters: Technologies of Recording in Scott”
November 29
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Kent Puckett (Berkeley)
“Before and Afterwardsness in Henry James”
January 31
2310 Rolfe
5 pm

Anne Stiles (UCLA)
“H.G. Wells and the Evolving Brain: Reading the Neurological Romance”
February 21
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Dickens Project Winter Graduate Conference
February 17 – 19
Royce 306 & 314

John Plotz (Brandeis)
“Nature and Knowledge: Race and Portable Culture in Daniel Deronda and Theophrastus Such”
February 23
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Matt Dubord (UCLA)
“Romantic Stories, Prosaic Findings: The Detective Function in Hound of the Baskervilles”
March 7
Rolfe 1301
4pm

Shelley Salamensky (Theater, UCLA)
“Sexing Syntax: Wilde Language & Desire in Three Fin-de-Siècle Romans-à-Clef”
April 25
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Heather Wozniak (UCLA)
“Taming the Gothic on Stage: Strategies of Adaptation”
May 9
1301 Rolfe
3pm

Dustin Friedman (UCLA)
“‘Artificial Artlessness’:
Euphuism and ‘the task of poetry’ in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean”
May 23
Rolfe 1301
4pm

 

2004-05

 

Joanne Tong
“Building Empire: The Semi-Detached House of Britain and Hong Kong”
November 9
Rolfe 1301
4pm

Gerhard Joseph (CUNY)
“Sounding the Strangeness of the Poet’s Name: “Tennyson, Tennyson, Tennyson””
November 17
Rolfe 1301
4pm

Kirstie McClure
“Political Truths, Statistical Frictions: The ‘Condition of England Question’ chez Carlyle and Elsewhere”
November 30
Rolfe 1301
4pm

Alison Harvey
“Historicizing Ireland: Tradition, Modernity, and the ‘Personal Element’ in the Works of Emily Lawless”
January 11
Rolfe 1301
4pm

Melissa Sodeman
“‘Tattered Dulcinea’: The Ruins of Romance in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer”
February 10
Rolfe 1301
4pm


Jonathan Grossman
“The Speeding of the Pickwick Coach” work-in-progress: chapter one
April 21
Rolfe 1301
4pm

Tricia Lootens (U of Georgia)
“Two Elephants in the Parlor? Barrett Browning, Racialized Poetess Writing and the Diffusion of Victorian Poetry”
May 12
Rolfe 1301
4:00pm


2003-04

 

Organizational Meeting
October 9
Rolfe 2310
3pm

 

Jim Caufield (UCLA, English Dept)
“England Green in Tooth and Claw: W. H. Hudson and the Ideological Thrust of Edwardian Nature Writing”
November 17
Rolfe 2310
4pm

 

Lindsey Traub (Cambridge)
“Lessons of the Mistress :
Henry James and Women’s Writing”
December 1
Rolfe 2310
4pm

David Lloyd (USC)
“The Political Economy of the Potato”
January 26
Rolfe 1301
4pm

 

Speed, Technology, and the Invention of Change, 1800-1919
Conference Organized by Jonathan Grossman
March 22
9:30am-5:30pm
Royce 314

Anne Stiles (UCLA)
“Jekyll and Hyde and the Double Brain”
April 20
3:30 pm
Rolfe 2310


2002-03

 

Open mtg to share research interests–some brief bios [group founded]
November 7
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Discussion of George Levine’s Dying to Know
February 11
2310 Rolfe

Brown bag lunch discussion of conferencing
April 16
1301 Rolfe
12:30pm

Jill Galvan on Trilby
May 7
1301 Rolfe
4pm

Allison Kroll on Hardy
May 21
1301 Rolfe
12:30pm

 

Faculty Coordinators

Jonathan H. Grossman (2002–2014)
Anahid Nersessian (2015–16)
Jonathan H. Grossman (2016–2017)
Anahid Nersessian (2017–18)
Jonathan H. Grossman (20018–2020)

 

Graduate Coordinators
Melissa Sodeman (2005–06)
Matt Dubord (2006–07)
Josie Richstad (2007–08)
Katherine Isokawa (2008–09)
Dustin Friedman (2009–10)
Cristina Richieri Griffin (2010–11)
Amy Wong (2011–12)
Ronjaunee Chatterjee (2012–13)
Katie Charles (2013–14)
Lindsay Wilhelm (2014–15)
Cailey Hall (2015–16)
Ellen Truxaw (2016–17)
Michael Vignola (2017–18)
Jessica Cook (2018–19)
Samantha Morse (2019–2020)

 

 

Digital Projects

Clark Library: Oscar Wilde & le fin de siècle

Oscar Wilde & le fin de siècle

Sadleir Collection

One of the premier collections of nineteenth-century novels. Housed in YRL special collections.

Nineteenth-Century Literature (journal)