Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | October 30, 2010

Readings for Seminars and Workshops

Conference delegates who indicated workshop/seminar preferences in their registration forms will be contacted via email by November 1 with the workshop or seminar to which they have been assigned.

Linda Shires (workshop) (Yeshiva University), 2B: Hardy’s Poetry and the Question of Interart Analysis  (Thursday, November 11, 10:30am – 12:00 noon)

Main readings (all of which are available as pdf files in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:

  • Hardy, Thomas. “The Impercipient, At a Cathedral Service” (ms title: “The Agnostic (Evensong ___Cathedral)” and “Thoughts of Phena, At News of her Death” (1890). The Complete Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy, Volume I. Ed. Samuel Hynes. Oxford: Clarendon, 1982.
  • Hardy, Thomas. “Poems of 1912-13” and “Veteris Vestigia Flammae.” The Complete Poems. Ed. James Gibson. Macmillan, 2002.
  • Ruskin, John.  From The Stones of Venice Volume II (1853). In The Longman’s Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2B. Eds. David Damrosch, Heather Henderson, and William Chapman Sharpe. New York: Longman, 2006. 1495-1505.
  • Helsinger, Elizabeth K.  Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. New Haven: Yale UP, 2008. 1-9. A painting by Rossetti “The Tune of Seven Towers” (1857) is omitted in the scan, but one can find it online here:
  • Shires, Linda M.  Perspectives: Modes of Viewing and Knowing in Nineteenth-Century England. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2009. Chapter 1. Turner and Dyce paintings referred to in my chapter are here and here

Stefanie Markovits (seminar) (Yale University), 4B: Adulterated Forms: Violet Fane, the Verse-Novel, and the Scales of Love  (Thursday, November 11, 2:45 – 4:15pm)

Main readings: (both are available as pdf files in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:

  • Fane, Violet.  “Lancelot and Guinevere” and “Now.” From Dawn to Noon.  London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1872.
  • Fane, Violet.  Denzil Place: A Story in Verse.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1875. 99-109, 171-89, 249-52.

Richard Menke (workshop) (University of Georgia), 7B: Fictionalizing Late-Victorian Media  (Friday, November 12, 10:30am – 12:00noon)

Main reading:

  • Paston, George (Emily Morse Symonds). A Writer of Books. 1899. Chapters 1-6. (pp. 1-57 in Margaret Stetz’s edition) (The complete text of the original American edition is available on Google books:

Optional readings:

  • Gissing, George. New Grub Street. 1891.
  • Kipling, Rudyard. “The Finest Story in the World.” 1891. Many Inventions, 95-135.
  • —–. “Mrs. Bathurst.” 1904. Traffics and Discoveries, 313-37.

James Buzard (seminar) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 9B: Anti-Autoethnography  (Friday, November 12, 2:45 – 4:15pm)

Main readings:

  • Buzard, James.  “An Item of Mortality.” (manuscript available in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:
  • —. “Expansion, Interruption, Autoethnography: Toward Disorienting Fiction, Part 2.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer 2009): 261-67.
  • —. “‘The Country of the Plague”: Anticulture and Autoethnography in Dickens’ 1850s.” Victorian Literature and Culture 38.2 (2010): 413-19.

Optional reading:

  • Moretti, Franco. “Serious Century.” The Novel, vol. I: History, Geography, and Culture.  Ed. Franco Moretti.  Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006. 364-400.

Vanessa Remington (workshop) (Assistant Curator, Royal Collection), 12B: “My private miniatures”: Queen Victoria and the 19th Century Portrait Miniature  (Saturday, November 13, 10:30am – 12:00noon)

Main reading: (will be available on or shortly after Nov. 1 as a pdf file in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:

  • Remington, Vanessa.  “Introduction” to Victorian Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen.

Cannon Schmitt (seminar) (University of Toronto), 14B: Tidal Conrad (Literally)  (Saturday, November 13, 2:45 – 4:15pm)

Main reading:

Optional readings:

  • Best, Stephen, and Sharon Marcus, “Surface Reading: An Introduction.” Representations 108 (Fall 2009): 1-21.
  • Marcus, Sharon. “Just Reading: Female Friendship and the Marriage Plot.” In Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2007. 73-108.