Centre for Studies in Literature

Symposium 2018: Victorian Animal Encounters

Victorian etching of cats tormenting gothic heroine
Animals and animality in Victorian popular literature and culture
University of Portsmouth, 4 May 2018

Keynote speaker: Dr Jane Hamlett, Royal Holloway

I went to show my friend Pigott the grave of the illustrious Shelley. Approaching the resting-place of the divine poet in a bright sunlight, the finest black Tom you ever saw discovered at an incredible distance that a catanthropist had entered the cemetery—rushed up at a gallop with his tail at right-angles to his spine—turned over on his back with his four paws in the air, and said in the language of cats: ‘Shelley be hanged! Come and tickle me!’ I stooped and tickled him. We were both profoundly affected.

(Wilkie Collins, letter to his mother, 1866).


As part of the Victorian Animals collaboration between the University of Portsmouth, Liverpool John Moores University, and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, and following the Victorian Animals study day at LJMU in November, we will present 20 minute papers on animals and animality in Victorian popular literature and culture. 

Provisional Programme: Victorian Animal Encounters, 2018 pdf, 91kB

Programme of speakers at the Victorian Animal Encounters Symposium 2018 (draft)


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Victorian Animal Encounters 2018

Further information

For more information, please contact Dr Christopher Pittard (christopher.pittard@port.ac.uk) or Dr Joanne Knowles (j.knowles@ljmu.ac.uk).