Victorian Gothic in Birmingham

On Friday 12th June, Birmingham City University will be hosting the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar on Victorian Gothic. It’s free to attend and you can see the programme below.

‘Victorian Gothic’

Friday 12th June  2015, Birmingham City University, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD, Room P349

Directions here:

Tea/coffee will be provided but you will need to bring lunch or buy it from one of the University outlets. The event is free of charge but please register your attendance by emailing 


10.30a.m.        Coffee/Tea and Welcome

11.00               PLENARY: Professor Christian Frost (BCU), ‘Architecture, the Gothic Revival and the Printing Press’

12.00               PANEL 1: Victorian Gothic Past and Present

‘Thomas Anstey Guthrie’s Gothic Voices’ (Peter Merchant, Canterbury Christ Church University)

‘Reimagining Gothic Horror: Neo-Victorianism in television in ‘Dracula’ and ‘Penny Dreadful’ (Anactoria Clarke, The Open University in the North West)

‘Gothic Masculinities in Mary Braddon’s The Fatal Three’ (Anne-Marie Beller, Loughborough University)

1.10                 LUNCH

2.10                 PANEL 2:  Gothic Childhoods

‘Dolly Keeps a Secret: Exploring the Gothic suggestion of the Victorian play-thing in Literature’ (Charlotte Newman, Birmingham City University)

‘Dead in the Cold: Gothic in the margins of Christina Rossetti’s Sing-Song’ (Serena Trowbridge, Birmingham City University)

 3.00                 Tea break

3.20     Discussion with BCU undergraduates, moderated by Rebecca Styler (University of Lincoln): ‘What is ‘Gothic’ and how useful is the category in interdisciplinary Victorian studies?’ Topics for discussion include:

  • How do we define Gothic in the Victorian period?
  • Has the term become too bloated and inclusive?
  • Is it a meaningful category in and across all disciplines?
  • What is distinctive about Victorian Gothic?
  • Do we over-Gothicise the Victorian period?

4.00                 End

Feel free to stay for a drink at a nearby bar at the end of the day.


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