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Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century

Tuesday 23 July, 2019, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Organisers: Dr Amy Culley, Dr Alice Crossley, Dr Rebecca Styler

9.00 Registration (open plan area outside lifts, floor 3: or turn right at the top of the stairs)

9.45 Welcome (ATB3116)

10.00 Panel session 1 (see below for details of panel papers – abstracts on conference website)

1A Writing and Im/maturity (ATB3101)

1B Ageing as Decline? (ATB3202)

11.20 Coffee break

11.40 Panel sessions:

2A Women Ageing with Authority(ATB3101)

2B Recovering the Ageing Body  (ATB3202)

1.00 Lunch (provided)

2.00 Panel sessions:

3A Counter/Stereotypes of Ageing(ATB3101)

3B The Bildung Narrative and its Discontents (ATB3202)

3.30 Tea break

4.00 Plenary: Professor Devoney Looser (Arizona State University), ‘Ageing in Public: 

Women Authors in the Nineteenth Century’ (ATB3116)

Drinks reception

7.00 Conference closes: Delegates are invited to join the conference organisers for a meal at a local restaurant. Please confirm if you would like to come by emailing Alice Crossley by 17th July:  

Panel Session 1 (10-11.20)

1A Writing and Im/maturity

Pete Newbon (Northumbria): ‘“Too much of the Boy-Man”: Romanticism, Masculinity and Infantilism’

Jonathon Shears (Keele): ‘Ageing Byronically: Branwell Bronte’s Allusion to Don Juan

Claudia Capancioni (Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln): ‘Growing Up in a Multicultural Context: “a new sort of country” in Prince Peerless: A Fairy Folk Story Book

2B Ageing as Decline?

David McAllister (Birkbeck, London): ‘Retrospection, Contingency, and Regret in Dickens’ Late Midlives’

Catherine Charlwood (Oxford): ‘“Part steals, lets part abide’: The Memory of Youth in Thomas Hardy’s Poetry’

Hanh Bui (Brandeis, MA): ‘Ageing, Immortality, and Nineteenth-Century Vitalism in Walter Besant’s The Inner House

Panel Session 2 (11.40-1pm)

2A Women Ageing with Authority

Cassie Ulph (Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln): ‘A Granddame’s Garrulity’: genres of knowledge in Hester Piozzi’s Lyford Redivivus’

Francesca Blanch-Serrat (Univ. Autonoma, Barcelona), ‘To “leave my name in life’s visit”: Anna Seward’s construction of a posthumous legacy in old age’

Carme Font Paz (Univ. Autonoma, Barcelona), ‘In the Words of a Sage and Ageing Exegete: An Approach to the Intellectual Contribution of Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters of the Bible’

2B Recovering the Ageing Body

Millie Van Der Byl Williams (UCL, London): ‘Memory, the Body, and the Self: Dementia in a Nineteenth-Century Asylum’

Sarah McHugh (Queens University, Belfast): ‘Health Care for Older Women in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’

June Oh (Michigan State University): ‘“[A]ll lines and wrinkles, nine grey hairs of a side”: Gowland’s Lotion, Medically Aged Faces, and Individualism’

Panel Session 3 (2-3.30)

3A Counter/stereotypes of Ageing

Gemma Carney and Leonie Hannan (Queens University, Belfast): ‘G. Stanley Hall’s Narrative of Senescence’

Caitlin Doley (York): ‘Whistler’s Mother: The Painting that Attacked the Nineteenth-Century Ageing Narrative, and its Afterlife’

Shira Gottlieb (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev): ‘ “The New Grandmother”: Ageing, Womanhood and Child Education in Mary Cassatt’s Mrs Cassatt Reading to Her Grandchildren

Susanne Bayerlipp (Frankfurt): ‘“At your age, ma’am, you should be careful”: Age, Objects and Affects in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford

3B The Bildung Narrative and Its Discontents

Trisha Urmi Banerjee (Harvard, MA): ‘Age and Dissymmetry in Austen’s Persuasion

Natalie McGartland (Georgetown University, Washington DC): ‘The Problem of “girlhood” in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Girl’s Own Paper

Pyunghwa Lee (Brandeis, MA): ‘Realism and Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Midlife’

Registration (no charge) by 17 July https://lias.lincoln.ac.uk/narrativesofageing/



Tuesday 23 July, 2019
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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