We are pleased to welcome Dr Beth Palmer as our keynote speaker.

Dr Beth Palmer

Department of English, University of Surrey

Dr Beth Palmer is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey. She has written a monograph on Women’s Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies, (OUP, 2011), and has published on various other topics including Victorian readership and Neo-Victorian fiction. She is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Modes of Sensation: Press, Page and Stage in Victorian Culture from which this research is drawn.

Paper Abstract:

‘Weekly Serialisation and Modes of Sensation: Unknown Publics and Common Readers’

While serialisation has been considered by critics as a structuring force in relation to sensation fiction, this paper sets out to explore the effects of this mode of publication on sensation drama too. It will explore the interconnected networks of sensation production (the press, the play and the novel) in relation to both Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Dion Boucicault’s key productions of the 1860s. I will ultimately argue for sensation as an intermedial form, its sharing of cultural and geographical spaces demonstrating how central sensation was to conceiving and conceptualising new affective behaviours, changing modes of authorship and ways of consuming culture in the modern spaces of mid-to-late Victorian Britain.


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