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Saturday, August 8th
8:30 AM

Coffee and Refreshments

Feinstein Center 400

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Panel 5: Written on the Body: Physical Subjectivity

Elizabeth Bridgham, Providence College

Feinstein Center 400

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel Members:
Ralph F. Smith, University of Ottawa
The Fevers of Oliver Twist
Peter J. Capuano, University of Virginia
Handling Animality in Great Expectations
Karen Chase and Michael Levenson, University of Virginia
Dickensian Fidgets

10:30 AM

Coffee Break

Feinstein Center 400

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Panel 6: Dickens Under the Microscope

Natalie Cole, Oakland University

Feinstein Center 400

10:45 AM - 12:25 PM

Panel Members:
Leslie Simon, Boston University
Measuring Nothingness in Martin Chuzzlewit: Nineteenth-Century Mathematics and the Politics of the Self
Michael Klotz, Wake Forest University
Registering Uncertainty: Great Expectations, the Statistical Movement, and the Census of 1861
Philip Allingham and Wayne Melville, Lakehead University
The Author and the Scientist: Household Words and “Science for All” in Victorian Britain
Julia F. Munro, University of Waterloo
“Strange, scientific, mournful, all at once”: Photographic Allusions in Bleak House

12:25 PM


Feinstein Center 400

12:25 PM - 1:45 PM

1:45 PM

Panel 7: Reading Dickens from Within and Without

Joel J. Brattin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Feinstein Center 400

1:45 PM - 3:25 PM

Panel Members:
Jessica Straley, University of Utah
“A Jolly Game”: Pick-Pocketing and Interiority in Oliver Twist
Eleanor Salotto, Sweet Briar College
Burning Down the House: Bleak House and the Plenitude of Form
Robert Tracy, University of California – Berkeley
Arthur Clennam Reads Little Dorrit
Deb Gettelman, College of the Holy Cross
“Patience”: Little Dorrit and Dickens’s Psychology of Reception

3:25 PM

Coffee Break

Feinstein Center 400

3:25 PM - 3:40 PM

3:40 PM

Panel 8: Transgressive Families; Transgressive Acts

Kit Polga, Springfield Technical Community College

Feinstein Center 400

3:40 PM - 5:20 PM

Panel Members:
Lillian Nayder, Bates College
Invisible Ink; or, the Power of the Postscript
Natalie Cole, Oakland University
“Little else than monstrous”: the Bothers of Brotherhood in Dickens
Kiran Mascarenhas, CUNY Graduate Center
Fashion Crimes and Domestic Violence: Dickens’s Mothers
Gareth Cordery, University of Canterbury
Crossing Boundaries in The Old Curiosity Shop: Quilp, Commerce, and Domesticity

5:20 PM

Dickens Society Business Meeting


5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

All are welcome.

7:00 PM

Dickens Dinner

Local 121 Restaurant

7:00 PM

121 Washington St.
Providence, RI

Local 121 serves world-class meals in an elegant setting, prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available, purchased from small family farms and local artists in Rhode Island and New England.

Optional evening actvity: Waterfire
Begins at sunset (~ 7:56 p.m.), ends just past midnight