Additional CFP: Collins and Dickens

In addition to our previous CFP (see below), we are also looking for papers for ‘Collins OR Dickens’: various panels intended to compare Dickens and Collins with each other. Ideally, for these we are looking for one speaker to talk on Dickens, and the other to speak on Collins, after which discussion can be had to see how the two author’s approaches to the topic reflect and inform each other. We would be particularly interested to hear papers discussing Dickens or Collins on the subject of:

  • Sensation fiction
  • Gender
  • Villainy
  • Adaptations and legacy

The organisers are happy to hear suggestion for other topics for the panels should contributors have a particular idea in mind. To allow for submission for these additional panels, the CFP deadline has been extended to 16th February. Proposals should be c. 250 words and sent with a short author bio.. Submissions and queries should be sent to: collinsanddickens@gmail.com

The University of Buckingham is proud to host a two-day conference on 20-21 June 2024 exploring the dynamic between Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens to commemorate the bicentenary of Collins’s birth.

The two authors were not only great friends but also collaborated together a number of times in their work, with Collins frequently contributing to Household Words and All the Year Round. But their friendship often spilled into annoyance and rivalry, with Dickens becoming frustrated at Collins’s apparent pomposity during their trip to Italy, and Collins dismissing Dickens’s last work as ‘the melancholy work of a worn out brain.’ Critics have subsequently argued over to what extent each can be said to influence the other. We welcome paper proposals from academics, postgraduates, and enthusiasts to discuss aspects of Collins and Dickens’s works, collaborations, and influences upon one another.

We welcome paper proposals from academics, postgraduates, and enthusiasts to discuss aspects of Collins and Dickens’s works, collaborations, and influences upon one another.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative works such as The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices, The Frozen Deep, and No Thoroughfare
  • Dickens’s influence on Collins as friend, mentor, and/or editor
  • Collins’s influence on Dickens as friend, protégée, and upcoming writer
  • The legacy of Dickens and Collins’s work
  • Dickens and Collins’s journey abroad
  • Gender portrayal in Dickens and Collins’s work
  • Sensation and Domesticity in the works of Collins and Dickens
  • Autobiography and life influences in the works of Dickens and Collins
  • Friendship and rivalry
  • Theatrical and screen adaptations
  • Mutual friends and family

The conference is supported by the Dickens Society, Wilkie Collins Society, Dickens Fellowship and Charles Dickens Museum.

Previous CFP:

The University of Buckingham is proud to host a two-day conference on 20-21 June 2024 exploring the dynamic between Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens to commemorate the bicentenary of Collins’s birth.

The two authors were not only great friends but also collaborated together a number of times in their work, with Collins frequently contributing to Household Words and All the Year Round. But their friendship often spilled into annoyance and rivalry, with Dickens becoming frustrated at Collins’s apparent pomposity during their trip to Italy, and Collins dismissing Dickens’s last work as ‘the melancholy work of a worn out brain.’ Critics have subsequently argued over to what extent each can be said to influence the other. We welcome paper proposals from academics, postgraduates, and enthusiasts to discuss aspects of Collins and Dickens’s works, collaborations, and influences upon one another.

We welcome paper proposals from academics, postgraduates, and enthusiasts to discuss aspects of Collins and Dickens’s works, collaborations, and influences upon one another.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative works such as The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices, The Frozen Deep, and No Thoroughfare
  • Dickens’s influence on Collins as friend, mentor, and/or editor
  • Collins’s influence on Dickens as friend, protégée, and upcoming writer
  • The legacy of Dickens and Collins’s work
  • Dickens and Collins’s journey abroad
  • Gender portrayal in Dickens and Collins’s work
  • Sensation and Domesticity in the works of Collins and Dickens
  • Autobiography and life influences in the works of Dickens and Collins
  • Friendship and rivalry
  • Theatrical and screen adaptations
  • Mutual friends and family

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