I am pleased to announce the schedule for the ‘Enchanted Edwardians’ collaborative conference at the University of Bristol on the 30th and the 31st of March, 2015. Tickets cost £12.00 and can be purchased here The fee includes lunch and tea on both days. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Coburn, The Door in the Wall (1911)


The Third Annual Conference of the Edwardian Culture Network,

in association with the University of Bristol

 Monday 30th March

Lecture Theatre 2, 3-5 Woodland Road

9.30 – 10.15: Registration

10.15 – 10.30: Welcome (Sarah Shaw & Samuel Shaw) and Introduction (Sophie Hatchwell & Madeleine Emerald Thiele)

10.30 – 12.00: Panel One: Enchanted Isle

(Chair: Sophie Hatchwell)

Anna Vaninskaya – Time and the Gods: The Edwardian Fantasy of Lord Dunsany
Tsung-Han Tsai – The Enchanted and the Mundane: ‘The Celestial Omnibus’ and its Afterlife

Helen Sutherland – The Enchanted Worlds of Edwardian Book Illustration

12.00 -12.45: Lunch

12.45 – 1:45: Panel Two: Childhood

(Chair: Sarah Shaw)

Jen Baker – Corporeal (Dis)Enchantment – Bodily Anxieties and the Edwardian Ghost Child
Michael Newton – Dreaming Back To Childhood: Night Terrors in the Late Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Story’

1.45 – 2.15 Tea break

2.15 – 3.45: Panel Three: Edwardian Faiths

(Chair: Madeleine Emerald Thiele)

Andrew Higgins – ‘O Word Invisible We View Thee’, The Syncretic Nature of Francis Thompson’s Visionary Poems
Paul Jordan – The Afterlife of an Agnostic: Arnold Bennett’s ‘The Glimpse
Kara Fiedorek – ‘In Search of a Feeling of Past Greatness’: Frederick H. Evans at Lincoln Cathedral

3.45 – 4.45: Keynote Lecture

Professor Ronald HuttonPan and the Edwardians: A Very English Love Affair
(Chair: Sophie Hatchwell)

Tuesday 31st March

9.15-9.45: Registration

9.45 – 10.50: Panel Four: Architectures of Fantasy

(Chair: Samuel Shaw)

David Lewis – J.M. Barrie and the Architecture of Fantasy
Josephine Kane – Early Amusement Parks and the Wonder of Modern Pleasure

10.50 – 11.10 Tea break

11.10 – 12.45: Panel Five: Sexuality as Enchantment

(Chair: Sophie Hatchwell)

Rhiannon Easterbrook – Angels, aliens and goddesses: the spell of Venus on the Edwardian stage
Fraser Riddell – ‘Singing scraps of Wagner’: Pan, Wagnerism and Queer Desire in the works of E.M. Forster
Alice Eden – Frederick Cayley Robinson’s Paintings of Domestic Interiors: Women, ‘ineffable glances’ and the Unknown

12.45 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 3.30: Panel Six: Myths and Reality

(Chair: Madeleine Emerald Thiele)

Stella Halliwell – Folklore and Dissolving Reality in Late Pre-Raphaelite Works
Dimitra Fimi – Kipling and Tolkien and their ‘mythologies for England’
Claudia Rosenhan – ‘The Enchanted White Peacock’, D. H. Lawrence’s first Novel in the Context of the Doomed Arcadia
Maggie Atkinson – Visions of ‘Blighty’: War, Imaginings and Ethereal Spaces

3.30 – 3.45 Tea break

3.45 – 4.45: Keynote Lecture

Dr. Sarah Victoria Turner“In search for beauty”: the Theosophical Art Circle and Edwardian Enchantment

(Chair: Madeleine Emerald Thiele)

4.45-5.00: Closing remarks and wine reception