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Supernumerary Conference for

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS)

June 13-15, 2018, Rome, Italy

Hosted by Roma Tre University

Wednesday, June 13
8:30-5:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Conference Welcome (Aula Magna)

Prof. Luca Pietromarchi, (President, Roma Tre University)

Prof. Claudio Giovanardi (Dean, School of Letters, Philosophy and Languages)

Prof. Giorgio De Marchis (Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures)

10:00-11:30 Keynote Talk, Aula Magna

Mary Poovey (New York University), “Modelling and its discontents”
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-1:30 Wednesday, 13 Session 1
1A Exhibiting Restraint and Excess

Aula 3, Wednesday 12:00-1:30

“The museum of you: domestic excess and institutional shaming”

David Ellison (Griffith University)

“Social excess and aesthetic restraint: the case of Whitechapel in the 1880s and 1890s”

Lucy Hartley (University of Michigan)

“Consuming underwater vistas: the Paris Expositions Universelles, containment, and exhibitionary excess”

Isabelle Havet (University of Delaware)

“Tourism and the management of time in the ‘partly-real partly-dream country’ of Hardy’s Wessex”

Don Ulin (University of Pittsburg)

1B Examining the Excesses of Mind and Body

Aula 6, Wednesday 12:00-1:30

“The ‘perilous gift’ of genius: nervous exhaustion, stress, and mental excess”

Helen Goodman (Royal Holloway and NYU)

“Dangerous emotions: anger, grief, and the theater of madness”

Amy Milne-Smith (Wilfrid Laurier University)

“Editing excess: editorial manipulation and Scottish Asylum Magazines”

Jonathan Tinnin (University of Kentucky)

“Nineteenth-century madness verse and making sense of nonsense in Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and Alfred Lord Tennyson”

Liora Connor (Princeton University)

1C Writing the Non-Rational Self: Constructions of Subversive Personality in Medical Case Files and Fiction

Aula 4, Wednesday 13, 12:00-1:30

“Writing into being: New Woman fictions of self-construction”

Tabitha Sparks (McGill University)

“Orectic subjects and sensuous self-making in Stoddard and Dickinson”

Rachel Blumenthal (Indiana University, Kokomo)

“Benevolent treatment and the serious stakes of play in Victorian asylum narratives”

Louise Penner (University of Mass., Boston)

“Measure in medicine and literature: quantitative approach in the nineteenth century”

Paolo Tortonese (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle)

1D Queer, Drunks, Ghosts, and Undergrounds: Desire and Excess in Nineteenth-Century America

Sala Conferenze, Wednesday 13, 12:00-1:30

Moderator: Dana Seitler, University of Toronto

“Poe, drunk”

Dana Seitler (University of Toronto)
“In excess of Bartleby”

Jordan Stain (Fordham University)

“Inspirited media”

Dana Luciano (Georgetown University)

“Below and beyond”

Lara Cohen (Swarthmore College)

1E Control and Excess: Desire in Victorian Aestheticism

Aula 7, Wednesday 13, 12:00-1:30

“Form and excess: aesthetic Bildung in Vernon Lee’s ‘Prince Alberic and the Snake Lady’”

Dustin Friedman (American University)

“Hands that refrain: the middle ranges of agency in Michael Field and Edward Burne-Jones”

Mackenzie Gregg (University of California Riverside)

“Against desire: Lionel de Fonseka and art for life’s sake in Ceylon”

Kristin Mahoney (Michigan State University)

“The femme fatale’s lessons: excessive eros, pedagogy and aestheticism in Walter Pater’s Gaston de Latour

Peter Bailey (The College of the Bahamas)

1.F Metrical Measure, Metrical Excess

Aula 9, Wednesday 13, 12:00-1:30

Moderator: Clare Broome Saunders, University of Oxford
“Swinburne’s poetics of waste”

Ewan Jones (University of Cambridge)

“Measure in excess: railway rhythms in Victorian poetry”

Irmtraud Huber (Universität Bern)

“Excessive measures: Casa Guidi Windows and ‘superterzarimesca’”

Oliver Goldstein (University of Cambridge)

“A ‘cunning irregularity’: measure and excess in Thomas Hardy’s Gothic poetry”

Mina Vuohelainen (City, University of London)

1:30-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:00 Session 2
2.A Melodramatic Excess I: Early Melodrama

Aula 4, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00

“Growth and transformation: the generic evolution of early English melodrama”

Matthew Buckley (Rutgers University)

“‘Irreconcilable antagonisms’: race, class and nationalism in nautical melodrama”

Ankhi Mukherjee (Oxford University)

“Melodrama, penny dreadful, and the trash culture in London theatre”

Kate Newey (University of Exeter)

“The ends of melodrama and the beginnings of modern tragedy”

Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)

2.B “Behold the Man!”: Masculine Excesses in Nineteenth-Century Spain I

Aula 3, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Nicholas Wolters, Wake Forest University
“The insufficiency of excess and the construction of masculinity in Galdós’s La Sombra

Wan Tang (Boston College)

“Paternal excess in Benito Pérez Galdós’ Torquemada en la hoguera (Torquemada at the Stake)”

Gabrielle Miller (Baylor University)

“‘That man is too much!’ Sexual, sensual and sensorial excesses in Spanish short stories”

Sara Muñoz-Muriana (Dartmouth College)

“The men in the Japanese room: masculinity and decorative excess in Galdós’s La familia de León Roch

David R. George (Bates College)

2.C Sizing Up Realism

Aula 6, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00


“The measure of nothing in Gaskell’s fragmentary fictions”

Maeve Adams (Manhattan College)
“Affective excess in the ‘scenic present’: Baudelaire’s ‘Spleen’ (‘J’ai plus de souvenirs que si j’avais mille ans’) and Jameson’s Antinomies of Realism

Margueritte Murphy (Hobart & William Smith Colleges)

“The excess of mimesis: reframing The Picture of Dorian Gray

Nidesh Lawtoo (Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven)

“Short fiction, shortness and import on the threshold of the nineteenth century”

Tim Farrant (University of Oxford)

2.D Bountiful Nature: Animals and Plants

Aula 7, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Lynn Voskuil, University of Houston
“Victorian scientists tickling animals: explorations in the senses of humour”

Louise Lee (Roehampton University)

“Love hurts – Victorians and the interspecies imagination”

Theresa Mangum (University of Iowa)

“‘Vegetable empires’: botanical excess and civic models in Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Olive Schreiner”

Abigail Mann (UNC – Pembroke)

“Natural exuberance: plant-life as a signifier of excess in the late Victorian period”

Marc Ricard (University of Exeter)

2.E The Political Economy of Excess

Aula 9, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Silvana Colella, Macerata University
“Hannah More on excessive foreign travel: English domestic arrangements meet British political economy”

Brian Cooper (Independent scholar)

From excessive wealth to domestic affections: a Godwinian turn towards happiness”

Sophia Moellers (TU Dortmund)
“Feeling as excess: the role of emotion in nineteenth-century novels of political economy”

Sarah Dredge (Sheffield Hallam University)

“Informal economies and the rhetoric of silence in La de Bringas (1884) and Blanca Sol (1889)”

Raphael Nunez Rodriguez (University of Oregon)

2.F Sensationalism: Crime, Incest, and Murder

Sala Conferenze, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00

“The measure of a daughter’s love: Ellen Wood’s lost novel of excess and incest”

Emily Dotson (University of Virginia’s College at Wise)

“Excessive reference: ‘proximity’ and personality in nineteenth-century crime fiction”

Andrew King (Greenwich University)

“Form and excess: the case of Charles Reade”

Sarah Murphy (New York University/Gallatin School)

The Victorian fascination with the murder of Rizzio

Christina Myers (Monmouth College)

2G Decadence and Desire

Aula 8, Wednesday 2:30-4:00

“The poetics of excess in Jean Lorrain’s Narkiss

Alexandre Burin (Durham University)

“The rhetoric of excess: covering Oscar Wilde’s trial in the French press”

Frederic Canovas (Arizona State University)

“Decadence and faith in Aubrey Beardsley’s Venus and Tännhauser

Nicole Fluhr (Southern Connecticut State University)

“Sexual excess, venereal diseases, and the double standard in the New Woman novel”

Elisabetta Marino (University of Rome -Tor Vergata)

4:15-5:45 Session 3
3A Blanks, Fillers, and Margins

Aula 9, Wednesday, 4:15-5:45

“‘Fill up the blanks’: poetic ‘whelming in G.M. Hopkins’s ‘Epithalamion’”

Elizabeth Howard (University of Minnesota)

“Excess space: page fillers in British periodicals”

Maria Damkjær (University of Copenhagen)

“Too fixed and too fast: how stereotypes and clichés dematerialized in the nineteenth century”

Cary Hollinshead (American University of Paris)

“Exceeding plots: Dickens, Ferrante and narrative leftovers”

Victor Xavier Zarour Zazar (Graduate Center, CUNY)

3B Travel Writing: Excess Abroad

Aula 6, Wednesday, 4:15-5:45

Moderator: Clare Broome-Saunders, University of Oxford
“Female measure and oriental excess: crossing boundaries in 19th-century women travel writing”

Sarah Budasz (Durham University)

“Maria Edgeworth’s thoughts on French nudity, & other consequences of the Peace of Amiens”

John Bugg (Fordham University)

“‘Full of intricacies, dark deeds, and Italian mysteries’: marketing revolutionary excess in women’s travel accounts, 1851-1855”

Rebecca Butler (Nottingham Trent University)

“From austerity to excess: Protestant travellers in Rome and the legacies of the Apostolic Church”

Brian Murray (King’s College London)

3C Measuring Linguistic Exuberance

Sala Conferenze, Wednesday, 4:15-5:45

“Freeing spirits from prison: linguistic exuberance in John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera

Bethan Bowman (Young Harris College)

“A medium’s linguistic exuberance: the haunted origins of Saussure’s linguistics”

Claudie Massicotte (Young Harris College)

“Measuring the voices of the world, one prodigal son at a time”

Catherine Robson (New York University)

“Comparative literature and the measures of modernity: translating word, sense and sensibility in Rūhī al-Khālidī’s ‘Ilm al-Adab ‘ind al-Ifranj wa-l-‘Arab

Shaden Tageldin (University of Minnesota)

3D Temperance and Addiction

Aula 7, Wednesday, 4:15-5:45

“‘Abundant supply of stimulants’: drunkenness, addiction and faith in George Eliot’s ‘Janet’s repentance’”

Menglu Gao (Northwestern University)

“Melodramatic excess in U.S. temperance fiction”

Anna Pochmara (University of Warsaw)

“The fascination of excess: wild behaviour and the UK temperance movement”

Annemarie McAllister (University of Central Lancashire)

3E Imperturbability and Its Discontent

Aula 3, Wednesday, 4:15-5:45

“‘Rome disappoints me much’: detachment versus commitment in Clough’s Amours de Voyage (1849)”

Judith Plotz (George Washington University)

“Jesuit excess in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette

Julie Donovan (George Washington University)

“‘Hate and murder and madness incarnate’: Lucy Snowe’s ethics of self-fashioning”

Henna Messina (University of Georgia)

“Ethereal overwrought consciousness: Sue Bridehead as feminine modernity”

Rebecca Boylan (Georgetown University)

3F Immoderate Eliot

Aula 4, Wednesday, 4:15-5:45

“Realism, the romance of aestheticism, and the subject of desire in Middlemarch

Michael Davis (Le Moyne College)

“‘Left to myself’: immoderate experience and the turn to religion in the novels of George Eliot”

Ilana Blumberg (Bar Ilan University)

“‘In no sense free’: self-determination in Daniel Deronda

Veronica Mittnacht (University of California Berkeley)

“Sizing up the character: body measurements in George Eliot’s fiction”

Alessandra Grego (John Cabot University)

6:00 Bus to JCU

6:30 Drinks reception JCU

9:00-6:00 Registration
9:30-11:00 Thursday 14 Session 4

4A U.S. Economy and Consumer Culture

Aula 3, Thursday, 9:30-11:00

Moderator: Sabrina Vellucci (Roma Tre University)

“The antinomies of autonomy: transcending/negating the excess of individual agency in U.S. culture”

Richard Hardack (University of California Berkeley)

“From empty sleeves to octopus soldiers: disability and the realism of Civil War pensions”

Manuel Herrero-Puertas (New York Institute of Technology-Nanjing)

“On the margins of excess: Veblen, Howells, and the limits of fiction”

Collin Meissner (University of Notre Dame)

4B Refining Romantic Visions

Aula 6, Thursday, 9:30-11:00

“Dorothy Wordsworth and the egotistical sublime”

Sylvia Cutler (Brigham Young University)

“‘Too huge for mortal tongue, or pen of Scribe’: limit of signification in Keats’s Hyperion

David Lo Ka Tat (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

“‘Fine excess?’ The grotesque in John Keats’s ‘Isabella, or the pot of Basil’ and 19th century painterly renderings of the poem”

Małgorzata Luczynska (University of Warsaw)

“Eternity, interrupted: Coleridge, Baudelaire, and the imperial logic of laudanum”

Edward Cutler (Brigham Young University)
4C Extravagance and Restraint: Fashioning Gender

Aula 7, Thursday, 9:30-11:00

Moderator: Shannon Russell, John Cabot University
“Style and satire: extravagant female fashions in nineteenth-century Argentina”

Ines Corujo Martín (Georgetown University)

“Near mis(tres)ses: checking female sexuality in Victorian narrative”

Katie Peel (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

“‘Slavery of woman’: the different uses of a hyperbolic tradition”

Sophie Van Den Elzen (Utrecht University)

“‘I must remain true to the faith that is in me’: measuring the impact of science on religion in the writing of Eliza Lynn Linton”

Fiona Snailham (Greenwich University)

4D Flowery Rhetoric: Gendered Aesthetics

Aula 9, Thursday, 9:30-11:00

Moderator: Sarah Artt, Edinburgh Napier University
“Imitation of death – eros/thanatos in Edward Burne Jones’s appropriation of Botticelli’s Primavera

Elisa Korb (Misericordia University)

“Michael Field’s Flowers”

Andrea Gazzaniga (Northern Kentucky University)

“‘Schismatic praise’ and excessive discourtesy in John Ruskin’s Modern Painters

Meghan Freeman (Manhattanville College)

“Arrested development: Michael Field’s amateur poetics”

Benjamin Hudson (Rollins College)

4E Word and Image: measuring sensory Overload in the Long Nineteenth Century

Aula 4, Thursday, 9:30-11:00

“The noisome nineteenth century”

Aimée Boutin (Florida State University)

“Measuring ocular Flâneurism: the eye-witness of Baudelaire and Meryon’s memory sensorium”

Lauren Weingarden (Florida State University)

“Prints and poetry: measuring and mitigating cultural trauma in Haussmann’s Paris”

Jennifer Pride (Southern New Hampshire University)

“Death by perfume: measuring scent in nineteenth-century art”

Christiana Bradstreet (National Gallery, London)

4F Operatic Decadence: Singers and Dancers

Aula 8, Thursday, 9:30-11:00

Moderator: Andrew King, Greenwich University
“Overwrought and overweight: Italian opera singers in nineteenth-century culture”

Anna Maria Barry (Royal College of Music Museum)

“Discipline and decadence: the paradox of the Danseuse at the Paris Opera”

Madison Mainwaring (Yale University)

“Louis Vérnon and the performed excess of the Académique Royale de Musique, 1831-1835”

Andreas Christmas (Northwestern University)

“Measure and excess in Yanko le Bandit: the gipsy dancer in nineteenth-century France”

Amanda Lee (Colgate University)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 Session 5

5A The Measure of Excess: the Image of Italy in 19th-Century American Culture (Organized by the Interdepartmental Center for Italian American Studies, Macerata University)

Aula 3, Thursday, 11:30-1:00

Moderator: Valerio Massimo De Angelis, Macerata University

“Race, religion, and the contradictions of identity: Frederick Douglass visits Rome in the wake of other Americans” 

Dorothy M. Figueira (University of Georgia, Athens)

“From caricature to character: echoes of Italy in Henry James”

Fred L. Gardaphé (John D. Calandra Institute, City University of New York)

“Louisa May Alcott’s Moods: Italy, the Roman Republic, and sensational excess”

Sabrina Vellucci (Roma Tre University)

“Disciplining excess: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s critique of rational science in ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’”

Valerio De Angelis (University of Macerata)

5B Excessive Animals and Animals Excess

Aula 4, Thursday, 11:30-1:00

Moderator: Valerie Stevens, University of Kentucky
“Centaur trouble: perils of horse power and embodied excess on nineteenth-century Euro-American stages”

Kim Marra (University of Iowa)

“Aping illness: visualizing excessive Simian subjects in experimental medicine”

Kathleen Pierce (Rutgers University)

“Excessive animals and crawling, clawing human-animal sympathy in The Woman in White

Valerie Stevens (University of Kentucky)

“Weights, measures and excess in British horseracing”

Nancy Henry (University of Tennessee)

5C Transforming Waste: Pollution and Purification

Sala Conferenze, Thursday, 11:30-1:00

“Thrown overboard: flotsam, jetsam, and the excesses of marine debris”

Kate Flint (University of Southern California)

“Energy, evolution, and excess”

Barri Gold (Muhlenberg College)

“Pores and purification: measuring character through the skin”

Ariane De Waal (University of Innsbruck)

“Manet’s ragpicker, aging and urban refuse”

Shira Gottlieb (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

5D Controlled Exuberance

Aula 6, Thursday, 11:30-1:00

“Paul Gauguin’s measurable exuberance”

Caroline Ferraris-Besso (Gettysburg College)

“Artistic control: the paradoxes of measure and excess in Baudelaire, Gauguin and Ensor”

Claire Moran (Queen’s University, Belfast)

“A symbolist battle between the ephemera and corporeal: John White Alexander’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil

Erika Schneider (Temple University)

“Ekphrasis and cultural mobility in Joanna Bailie’s Lines to a Teapot

Aishah Al-Shatti (Kuwait University)

5E The Measure of Colonialism

Aula 7, Thursday, 11:30-1:00

“Mapping race and measuring difference: Thomas Huxley and racial discourse in late-Victorian Britain”

Thomas Prasch (Washburn University)

“Witnessing ethics as excess in Olive Schreiner’s The Story of an African Farm

Sari Carter (Vanderbilt University)

“Realism and excess in the work of Flora Annie Steel”

Anna Despotopoulou (University of Athens)

“‘The living grave’: representing Sati

Nancy Rose Marshall (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

5F Experimental Forms and Measures

Aula 9, Thursday, 11:30-1:00

“Germ plasm, gemmules, and other durational forms: Darwin, Weisman, and the temporality of heredity”

Pearl Brilmeyer (University of Pennsylvania)

“Forms and transformation in mathematics and literature”

Imogen Forbes Macphail (University of California)

“The Victorian Intelligence test”

Sarah Lyons (University of Kent)

“The Pendleton Act and the origins of modern intelligence”

Michael Collins (University of Kent)

1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:00 Session 6
6A Melodramatic Excess II: Beyond Generic Boundaries

Aula 4, Thursday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Shannon Russell, John Cabott University
“Melodramatic ‘excess’ and forms of ‘measure’ in Dickens”

Carolyn Williams (Rutgers University)

“Aspects of music in the Victorian drama”

Michael Pisani (Vassar College)

“Melodrama, Dickens and the Broadway musical”

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (Louisiana State University)

“Metamodern melodrama”

Juliet John (University of London-Royal Holloway)

6B “Behold the Man!”: Masculine Excesses in Nineteenth-century Spain II

Aula 3, Thursday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Sara Muñoz-Muriana, Dartmouth College
“The problem with ‘doctors without borders’: excess and futurity in José Fernández Bremón’s ‘Un crímen científico’”

Leigh Mercer (University of Washington)

“The guardians of excess: negotiating disease and discretion in XIX century Spain”

Erika Sutherland (Muhlenberg College)

“Masculinity, race, and romantic excess in Emilia Pardo Bazán’s Una cristiana and La prueba

Erwin Zachary (Monmouth College)

“Manufacturing the Catalan bourgeois: masculine containment and excess in Oller’s La febre d’or (“Gold Fever”) and Casas’ Portraiture”

6C Imperial Measures

Sala Conferenze, Thursday, 2:30-4:00

“Disgusting pleasures and imperial gothic”

Pamela Gilbert (University of Florida)

“Eadweard Muybridge and the colonial limit”

Robert Aguirre (Wayne State University)

“Measure and excess in Victorian ‘Oriental’ tales”

Melissa Jenkins-Schield (Wake Forest University)

“Imperial excess and global ecology: the strange case of Robert Louis Stevenson”

Luis McAuley (Washington State University)

6D Beyond the Fitting Medium of Poetics

Aula 7, Thursday, 2:30-4:00

“Poetics, para(normal)texts: Kipling’s Kim, poetic excess, and the uncanny incursions of Victorian poetry”

Tricia Lootens (University of Georgia)

“EBB’s negotiations with William Blake’s ‘excess’”

Clare Broome-Saunders (University of Oxford)

“Rossetti’s ‘scanty measure’”

Mina Gorji (University of Cambridge)

6E Pushing the Limits: New Cultural Forms

Aula 6, Thursday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh, University of Macerata
“Edgar Allan Poe takes the measure of the mid-century urban mystery narratives”

Sarah Hackenberg (San Francisco State University)

“Melville’s mildness: on Moby Dick

Anne-Claire Le Reste (Université Paris Nanterre)

“Audience excess and the ‘primitive’ birth of charisma”

Tom Wright (University of Sussex)

“Limits of the American dream in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  Gordan Matas (University of Split)

6F Controlling Dickens

Aula 9, Thursday, 2:30-4:00

“Matronly excess: telescopic philanthropy, rapacious benevolence, and mid-century feminist networks”

Deirdre D’Albertis (Bard College)

“‘Her habit of making the most of everything’: in appreciation of flat characters in Dickens’s Dombey and Son

Sophia Jochem (Freie Universität Berlin)

“‘Waterside characters’: portside dispossession and the creation of Enclosed wet-docks, pathologizing thieves, and the influence of Commons preservation within print culture in Our Mutual Friend (1864-65)”

Lucy Morse (University of Exeter)

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break
4:30-6:00 Session 7
7A Darwinian Forms, (Post)Darwinian Excesses

Aula 4, Thursday, 4:30-6:00

Moderator: Lynn Voskuil, University of Houston
“Darwin’s ‘imagination’ and the form of evolutionary theory”

Cannon Schmitt (University of Toronto)

“Out on a limb: biosemiotics and Darwinian species life in Hardy and Woolf”

Sarah Winter (University of Connecticut)

“The time machine age: post-Darwinian outrages in scientific romances and prose fantasy”

John Plotz (Brandeis University)

“Darwinian excesses”

George Levine (Rutgers University)

7B Moderate and Immoderate Exercise

Aula 3, Thursday, 4:30-6:00

“Excessive education? Measuring female higher education’s power through the athletic academic”

Laura Rotunno (Penn State Altoona)

Mens sana in corpore sano: Émile Zola and Eugène Paz on literature and exercise”

Carmen Mayer (University of Alabama)

“Vital energies: reading measure, excess, and gender in late Victorian mind-body practices”

Narin Hassan (Georgia Tech)

“Moderating masculinity: women and/as cyclists in the Spanish nineteenth century”

Cortney Hamilton (Stanford University)

7C Money Matters: Legal Limits and Capitalist Excess

Aula 6, Thursday, 4:30-6:00

“Managing capital’s excess: sustainability and the Victorian Posthuman”

Sarah C. Alexander (University of Vermont)

“The uses of extremes: from reactionary jeremiads to socialist satires”

Frank Palmeri (University of Miami)

“Advertising and law: measure and excess in England, 1850-1914”

Anat Rosenberg (Radzyner School of Law)

“Aestheticism and the excesses of wealth: Jamesian concepts of marriage and art during the gilded age”

Sharon Worley (University of Houston Downtown)

7D Staging Excess

Aula 7, Thursday, 4:30-6:00

Moderator: John McCourt, University of Macerata
“Joseph Stirling Coyne and the frenzied excess of stage farce”

Richard Pearson (National University of Ireland Galway)

“George Bernard Shaw’s 1896 critique of The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), and the evolution of ‘Ruritanian’ as a concept in literature, theatre, and film”

Frank Scheide (University of Arkansas)

“Sensation and feminine musical agency in Jessie Fothergill’s The First Violin

Catherine Hobbs (University of California Berkeley)

“The Brontë’s juvenile excesses: play, precocity and regression”

Vanessa Smith (University of Sydney)

7E Artistic Constructions and Beyond

Sala Conferenze, Thursday, 4:30-6:00

“The construction of the gentleman artist in Victorian Britain”

Caroline Dakers (University of Arts London)

“Artist’s street and the proliferation of text and image: excess and illustration”

Mary Shannon (University of Roehampton)

“Piranesi’s views of Rome: map, index, hyperlink”

Jeanne Britton (University of South Carolina)

“How to fall in love with an image? The poetry of affective absorption versus aesthetic disinterestedness in the long nineteenth century”

Jolene Mathieson (Universität Hamburg)

7F Freaking Science

Aula 9, Thursday, 4:30-6:00

Moderator: Valerio De Angelis, University of Macerata
“Science and narrative excess in Jekyll and Hyde

Renata Kobbets-Miller (City College of the City University NY)

“Excessively inhuman: heterogenesis and homunculi in Maugham’s Magician

Rebecca Sheppard (University of British Columbia)

“‘Democracy and Diamonds’ in Victorian popular science”

Anne Terrill (Rutgers University)

7G Sensual Excess in the Victorian and Neo-Victorian Novel

Aula 8,Thursday 4:30-6:00

Moderator: Andrew King, Greenwich University
“Ascetic excess and the starving male body in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton

Charlotte Boyce (University of Portsmouth)

“Sculptural form and tactile excess in Henry James’s Roderick Hudson

Patricia Pulham (University of Surrey)

“‘If music be the food of love, play on’: soundscapes and affective sensoriality in Neo-Victorian fiction”

Rosario Arias (University of Málaga)

“Picturing deviance in Neo-Victorian art: make it new (by making it old)”

Saverio Tomaiuolo (University of Cassino)

8:00-11:00 Conference Dinner, palazzo brancaccio

FRIDAY, June 15
9:00-6:00 Registration
9:30-11.00 Session 8
8A Feasting and Fasting: The Politics of Food

Aula 3, Friday, 9:00-11:00

Moderator: Mariaconcetta Costantini (Pescara University)
“Examples of excess in 19th century Spanish culinary nationalism”

Lara Anderson (University of Melbourne)

“Ardean delicacies and the politics of taste”

Rocio Del Aguila Carreno (Wichita State University)

“A thin gruel, a just punishment? Hunger and depression in the Antebellum New England prison”

Molly Laas (University Medical centre Göttingen)

“‘Exquisite foi gras! Have I forgotten thee?’: the British gourmet and his perplexities in Pelham, or Adventures of a Gentleman

Luisa Villa (University of Genova)

8B Textual Measures and Illuminated Excess in Blake’s Illuminated Prophecies

Aula 8, Friday, 9:30-11:00

“The shadow of conspiracy in Blake’s Europe and America

Robert Miles (University of Victoria)

“Excessive textualities: affective plateaus in Blake’s Milton and Jerusalem

Mark Lussier (Arizona State University)

“William Blake and the decorative arts”

Tilar Mazeo (Colby College)

8C Bodies That Mean Too Much

Aula 6, Friday, 9:30-11:00

“‘I wasn’t a whore, I was a slut’: the mythicised sexuality of La Goulue

Will Visconti (University of Sydney and University of London)

“‘Voluptuous Rubens beauty’: sexuality, appetite and the excessive female body in the mid-Victorian body”

Clare Walker-Gore (University of Cambridge)

“Forming the Uranian: how late-Victorian novel attempts to explain the causes of male homosexuality”

Matthew Kaiser (University of California, Merced)

“Re-measuring masculinity: the new vision for hegemony in The Coming Race

Michael Kramp (Lehigh University)

8D Exceeding Romantic Narratives

Aula 9, Friday, 9:30-11:00

“From the art of excess to the theory of human mind”

Leena Ellitta (University of Helsinki)

“The intelligence of excess in Pride and Prejudice

Tatiana Jukić (University of Zagreb)

“Going nowhere fast: narrative form and disruption in Mathilda’s infinite loop”

Laura Strout (University of Michigan)

“Mary Shelley’s Mathilda: an oblique offering”

Marc Mazur (University of Western Ontario)

8E Italian Vistas I

Aula 7, Friday, 9:30-11:00

“The weight of decadent excess in D’Annunzio’s Forse che sì forse che no

Ana Raquel Rojas (University of San Francisco)

“‘Our fair girl-boy': queer decadence in Michael Field's imperial Roman Trilogy

Tara Thomas (University of California Santa Cruz)

“‘The reach of perished Rome’: unbound remembering in Thomas Hardy’s Roman poems”

Catherine Charlwood (University of Warwick)

8F Diagnosing the Body

Sala Conferenze, Friday, 9:30-11:00

“Fashionable illness: excess, medicine, and class in the silver fork novels”

Abby Boucher (Aston University)

“The tactile boundaries of the nineteenth century: disease, touch and lyric experience”

Atti Viragh (University of California, Berkeley)

“‘Every portion of female figure is presented to view’: excessive anatomy, Victorian museums, and The Law and the Lady

Verity Burke (University of Reading)

“Touch, breakage and the hair jewellery of the Brontës”

Heather Hind (University of Exeter)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30am-1:00pm Keynote Talk, Aula Magna

Francis O’Gorman (University of Edinburgh). “What would an excess of pleasure in reading mean?”
1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:00 Session 9
9A Extreme Paris

Aula 3, Friday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Carmen Mayer, University of Alabama
“Monstrous scale, monstrous affinities: imperialism, department stores, and women shoppers”

Amr Kamal (CCNY- CUNY)

“Les Halles as a place of excess in Zola’s Le ventre de Paris

Cyrielle Faivre (Providence College)

“The constraints of the city, the constraints of the text: spatial pressure in Émile Zola’s Les Rougon-Macquart

Jordan Bessette (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

“Victor Hugo’s ‘spectral abstraction’: avant-garde art in excess of Romantic poetics”

Aurelia Cojocaru (University of California Berkeley)

9B Buttoned Up and Loose: Performing Control

Aula 6, Friday, 2:30-4:00

“The machinery of the law in Wilkie Collin’s The Woman in White

Jennifer Camden (University of Indianapolis)

“The dilemma between measure and excess – and the clerk’s solution”

Daniel Jenkin-Smith (Aston University)

“‘The first well-dressed philosopher in the history of thought’: the dandy and philosophical excess in An Ideal Husband

Marylu Hill (Villanova University)

“Ceci’s room: description, spatiality and desire in Joseé de Alencar’s O guarani

Flaminio Peres Marcos (University of São Paulo)

9C Pathologies of Excess

Sala Conferenze, Friday, 2:30-4:00

“Unseen excesses: medical photography and artistic realism”

Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter)

“Measuring an uncontrollable mind: feminine melancholy and emotional excess in nineteenth-century British culture”

Anna Isbell (University of Iowa)

“19th-century psychiatry: measured control to immeasurable excess”

Douglas Page (Penn State Altoona)

“The everyday excess of the human unconscious: the somnambulist as model of Victorian subjectivity”

Rebecca Wigginton (Carnegie Mellon University)

9D Multiplying Masculinities

Aula 9, Friday, 2:30-4:00

“‘Enough to fill nine museums’: Darwinian fecundity, overpopulation, and death in Kingsley’s Water-Babies

Paul Driskill (Tufts University)

“A comparative study of diverging duplicates: Guy de Maupassant, Robert Louis Stevenson and H. G. Wells”

Eloïse Sureau (Butler University)

“‘You must be possessed, and you must strive to possess your possession.’ Mastering physicality and emotions: Henry James's modern Italian masculinities”

Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh (University of Macerata)

“Mental excess: two freaks”

Suzy Anger (University of British Columbia)

9E Mastering Restraint, Extinguishing Excess

Aula 8, Friday, 2:30-4:00

“A broken task for a broken world: reimagining extinction with Thoreau’s mystical empiricism”

Rachael DeWitt (University of California Davis)

“Written on the body: images of excessive bodies and power dynamics in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’”

Cristina Di Maio (Macerata University)

“‘As we are completely masters, we may afford to be lenient’: balancing authority and liberty in Cooper’s Red Rover

Jessica Jacquel (Université Montpellier 3)

“Self-restraint and excess in the representations of American Indians in 19th-century American fiction”

Michael Peprnik (Palacky University Olomouc)

9F Financial Fantasies: Fictions of Capital

Aula 4, Friday, 2:30-4:00

Moderator: Silvana Colella, University of Macerata
“Theorizing market volatility: Frank Norris’s The Pit

Carolin Benack (Duke University)

“The political economy of novelistic prose”

Tricia Banerjee (Harvard University)

“Catherine Gore’s Pin-Money: from silver-fork excess to Victorian measure”

Luca Brezzo (University of Genoa)

“‘The business of life’: Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady and the economy of desire”

Frederik Van Dam (Radboud University Nijmegen)

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break
4:30-6:00 Session 10
10A Proliferating Forms: Adaptation

Sala Conferenze, Friday 4:30-6:00

“Excessive silence and punctured quiet: Lady Macbeth (2016)”

Sarah Artt (Edinburgh Napier University)

“Why Oliver wants more: literary adaptations and/as excess”

Marty Gould (Brunel University and University of South Florida)

“The final problem: excessive remembering and forgetting in Sherlock

Amy Billone (University of Tennessee)

“Felicien Rops’ The Pornocrats: from aesthetics to politics”

Angelo Capasso (La Sapienza University)

10B Spanish Limits and Desires

Aula 3, Friday 4:30-6:00

“The politics of excess in Benito Pérez Galdós’s Fortunata y Jacinta

Bryan Cameron (University of Cambridge)

“The excessive wish for empire: the impossibility of procreation between unfit men and barren women in La Regenta and Fortunata y Jacinta

Marina Cuzovic-Severn (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

“Heavy luggage for such a short trip: Galdós and El equipaje del rey José

Ana Rueda (University of Kentucky)

“The uncontainable abundance of Dickens’s London and Galdós’s Madrid”

Linda Willem (Butler University)

10C Italian Vistas II

Aula 8, Friday 4:30-6:00


“Vituperation, vices, and horrific fetus: a metaphor of post-unified Italy in De Roberto’s I Viceré

Christina Carnemolla (Duke University)
“Marko Antun Vidović and his idea of tyrant: a desire of supreme authority”

Nikica Mihaljević and Gordana Galić Kakkonen (University of Split)

“Rewriting a cliché: Camillo Boito and Venice in Storielle vane (1891)”

Marguerite Bordry (Université Paris-Sorbonne)

10D Higher Emotions

Aula 7, Friday 4:30-6:00

“Universal sorrow? Mourning Queen Victoria”

Michael Ledger-Lomas (King’s College London)

“Measure and excess in contemporary biopics of Queen Victoria”

Antonia Primorac (University of Rijeka)

“Literary Excesses of the Fictional French Nobility”

Olivier Tonnerre (US Military Academy)

10E Exploring Boundaries

Aula 9, Friday 4:30-6:00

Moderator: Aiko Okamoto-Macphail, Indiana University
“Death and the oriental excess: French travellers in Eastern Europe”

Anca Mitroi Sprenger (Brigham Young University)

“‘Buried among the ruins’: fire, fever and death in Victorian images of Athens”

Efterpi Mitsi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

“Measuring to exceed boundaries”

Aiko Okamoto-Macphail (Indiana University)

“Seeing, exploring, knowing: the art of geology in New Granada”

Alejandro Celeita (University of Southern California)

18:30 Drinks reception

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