Call for Roundtable Participants: Victorian Intimacies

Call for Roundtable Participants    
Victorian Intimacies
A Symposium co-sponsored by The Critical Childhood Studies Working Group, The New Modern British Studies Working Group, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, and the Department of English, Texas A&M University
February 16, 2016

Organizers:  Susan Egenolf, Lucia Hodgson, Emily Johansen, Claudia Nelson

This one-day symposium features two keynote speakers whose work explores and troubles the concept of “Victorian intimacies.”  In addition to their talks, we plan a roundtable discussion at which six TAMU faculty and graduate students will showcase their own work relating to this area.  We invite proposals for 8- to 10-minute roundtable presentations on any aspect of the symposium theme—for instance, textual representations of romantic relationships, interior/private spaces, the body (health, wellness), undergarments, domestic servants, private journals and correspondence, family structures, pets, and more.  Please email your proposal (title with one paragraph) to the symposium organizers (;;; by 18 December.

Symposium schedule:

9-10:30:  Roundtable with TAMU faculty and graduate students 
10:30-11:  Coffee
11-12:30:  Keynote lecture by Dr. Monica Flegel
12:30-2:  Lunch for registered participants
2-3:30:  Keynote lecture by Dr. Suzanne Rintoul
“Victorian Intimacies” Invited Speakers

Monica Flegel is an associate professor of English at Lakehead University (Canada).  Her publications focus on cultural studies: specifically, Victorian literature and culture, animal studies, child studies, and contemporary fan and media studies. She has published extensively on the subject of cruelty to animals and children; on Victorian animal autobiographies; and, with Dr. Jenny Roth, on fanfiction and its relation to legitimate authorship and copyright law.  Her articles have appeared in Children’s Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Review, Victorian Periodicals Review, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Transformative Works and Culture, Continuum, the Journal of Fan Studies, and The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture.  She is the author of two books:  Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England (Ashgate, 2009) and Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture: Animality, Queer Relations, and the Victorian Family (Routledge, 2015).  Her talk for us will be connected to an article that is forthcoming in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, entitled “Everything I Wanted to Know about Sex I Learned from My Cat:  Working-Class ‘Life Troubles’ and the Child Reader in Victorian England.”

Suzanne Rintoul is a professor at Conestoga College (Canada).  She is a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and print culture.  She recently published Intimate Violence and Victorian Print Culture (Palgrave Macmillan).  This book considers the way representations of abuse worked to both expose and obscure the violence done to women in intimate relationships, making it both spectacular and unspeakable.  Reading a variety of texts, including sensational crime street literature, pamphlets, slave narratives, and canonical nineteenth-century texts, Rintoul posits that the abused woman became a space through which to explore gendered, class, and racial anxieties of the time.  Her work has also appeared in English Studies in Canada, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Women Writers, and Victorians Institute Journal.  Her talk will draw on the material from her monograph.