Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide

‘On the tomb of the dead thing he had most loved had he set this image of his own fashioning’ – Wilde

Held on 9th and 10th of April 2018 at the University of Birmingham. Transitions: Bridging the Victorian-Modernist Divide was an international, interdisciplinary conference opening a dialogue between Victorianist and Modernist scholars. The conference interrogated the historical, theoretical and thematic divides that have evolved from the artificial critical boundary set at the turn of the century.

Our Keynotes were delivered by Professor John Holmes (University of Birmingham) and Dr Sarah Parker (University of Loughborough). Professor Holmes’ work focuses on the relationship between scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including poetry, architecture and the visual arts. Doctor Parker’s work focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with an emphasis on women’s poetry, decadence and aestheticism, gender and sexualities, and visual cultures. Learn more about our keynotes here. Transitions was generously supported by co-funders Midlands3Cities, the Nineteenth Century Centre and Centre for Modernist Cultures at Birmingham.


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