Call for Papers (closed)

* The Call for Papers is now closed.*

The full programme will be advertised shortly.


Keynote Speakers:

Professor Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster University)

Professor Juliet John (Royal Holloway)

With a performance of ‘Fagin’s Last Hour’ by James Hyland and a post-show talk.

G. K. Chesterton’s seminal study of Charles Dickens, published in 1906, ends with ‘A Note on the Future of Dickens’. Chesterton closes this chapter with the enigmatic promise of meeting Dickens – and his characters – in “the tavern at the end of the world”. At a threshold moment for Dickens studies, Chesterton is not only looking back to find Dickens, he is also looking forward.

Dickens' Dream, Buss

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have continued this work to ‘find’ Dickens and recapture the characteristically Dickensian. From research into Dickens’s lasting influence and popularity to the wider public’s engagement with Dickensian literary tourism and a century of film adaptations, the Inimitable’s legacy has come to encompass both conventional and innovative forms – the most recent being the BBC’s Dickensian TV series, with its new lives for well-loved characters outside of the author’s imagination.

This two-day conference, held at the University of York from 2nd-3rd December 2016, aims to bring together new research into Dickens’s afterlife and legacy, from his influence on Victorian literature, social reform and literary criticism to biographies, reminiscences and reimaginings in the twentieth century and beyond.

Papers are invited on topics including (but not limited to):

  • (Neo-)Victorian imitations, resonances and plagiarism;
  • Dickensian adaptations;
  • Dickens’s influence on the periodical press and literary forms;
  • Dickensian biography and life writing;
  • Dickens and Modernism;
  • Dickens in literary criticism;
  • Dickens’s influence on his contemporaries;
  • Dickens in politics and social reform;
  • Dickens and the Digital Humanities;
  • The future of Dickens Studies.

300-word proposals for papers of 20 minutes, or 500-word proposals for panels of three papers, should be sent to emily.bowles[at] by 18th July 2016 with a short biographical note (no more than 150 words). Following the conference there will be a call for articles for an After Dickens edited collection.

(Downloadable version of the call for papers.)


Supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS):, the Dickens Society and the Modern School of the English Department, University of York.

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