CFP: Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography


The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography, 16th July

Keynote: Dr Trev Broughton, University of York.

Submissions are welcomed for ‘The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography’, a postgraduate conference held at the University of Hull on the 16th July 2014, aimed at promoting Northern research in Victorian life-writing. We invite submissions from postgraduate students across the humanities on the theme of nineteenth-century biography. The conference will encompass a range of themes relating to the topic of life-writing, exploring the development of Victorian biography and the influence of biography on the Victorians. How did Victorian biographers respond to the legacy of eighteenth-century works like Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson? How did reading military biography and the lives of celebrities shape the literary landscape of the Victorian period? 

Preference will be given to students from northern universities and two bursaries of £20 will be available to those coming from furthest away.

Topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Influence of biography on Victorian authors.
  • Bibliographic history of the biography.
  • Traumatic life writing.
  • Secret lives.
  • Working class lives.
  • Family memoirs.
  • Biography and Fiction
  • Celebrity life writing
  • Neo-Victorian biography

For more information see the website:

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 20 minutes to either Emma Butcher or Emily Bowles [] by 30 April 201

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