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The Dickens World

Created with GIMPInternational Conference organised by the Centre of Advanced Study, Deparment of English,  and the Centre of Victorian Studies, JU (18-20 December 2012), on ‘The Dickens World: Post-Imperial Readings’. Coordinated by Sajni Mukherji, Supriya Chaudhuri and Saswati Halder, with support from the British Council and the University’s Merged Grant. Programme below:


Centre for Advanced Study, Department of English, and

Centre for Victorian Studies, JadavpurUniversity

Supported by the British Council, East India

HL Roy Memorial Hall, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Jadavpur University

(Entry by Gate No. 3)

Special Event

Paul Schlicke will deliver the Dickens Memorial Lecture, ‘Dickens and Popular Entertainment’ on 17 December 2012, 3 pm at Bhasha Bhavan, National Library of India, Belvedere, Kolkata. By invitation only.

Day 1, 18 December

9.30 am Registration opens

10-10.15: Welcome

10.15 – 11.15: Paul Schlicke (Aberdeen) ‘The Topicality of Sketches by Boz

Chair: Sajni Mukherji

11.15-11.30 Coffee

11.30-1.00 Sambudha Sen (Delhi) ‘Novelizing the Cartoon : The Aesthetics and Politics of Caricature from Cruickshank and Hone to Dickens’; Sucheta Bhattacharya (Jadavpur) ‘Tales of Two Cities: Sketches by Boz and Hutom Pyanchar Naksha’

Chair: Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30; Debolina Dey (Delhi) ‘Contagion in the Cultural Imagination of Victorian England: Oliver Twist and Bleak House’; Puja Sen (Delhi) ‘Charles Dickens and the Night City’; Avinash Antony and Somak Mukherjee (Jadavpur), ‘The City and the State of Humanity: Dickens and Nolan’

Chair: Shanta Dutta

3.30-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.00 James Kirwan (Kansai) ‘The Imperialism of Criticism: Reading Dickens’; Debarati Bandyopadhyay (Visva Bharati) ‘Dickens and England: The Empire Writ Small’

Chair: Samantak Das

Day 2, 19 December

10.00-11.30 Sajni Mukherji (Jadavpur), ‘Revisiting The Dickens World: Humphry House in Calcutta’; Pablo Mukherjee (Warwick) ‘Dickens in the World-System: Debt Reconstruction and Empire in Great Expectations

Chair: Jasodhara Bagchi

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-1.00 Deborah Logan (Western Kentucky), ‘Dickens, Academia, and Pop-Culture’; Shinjini Basu (JNU), ‘From Sensationalism to Subjectivisation: Dickens’s Tryst with the Newgate Novels and the Construction of the Victorian Public Sphere’

Chair: Malini Bhattacharya

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Trisha Mitra (Miranda House) ‘Australia in the Dickensian Imagination’; Ipshita Nath (JNU) ‘The Savage and the Civilized Within Borders: The Empire, a Colony in the Urban Spaces of Dickens’s Industrial England’; Anubhav Pradhan (Jamia) ‘“Wasting and Consuming Inch by Inch”: Disease, Class and Dickens, (Post) Victorian Perspectives’

Chair: Sheila Lahiri Choudhury

3.30-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.15 Alessandro Vescovi (Milan), ‘Displacing Dickens’; Rudrani Gangopadhyay (Jadavpur) ‘Rewriting Great Expectations: The Identity of Australia in Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs; Sneha Kar-Chaudhuri (WBSU),Matthew Pearl’s The Last Dickens: Re-instating the “Neo-Victorian” Dickens’

Chair: Sobha Chattopadhyay

Day 3, 20 December

10.00-11.30 Sara Thornton (Paris VII)  ‘Absorbing the Other: Dickens and the Aesthetics of Inclusion’; Robert Tindol (Guangdong) ‘Arthur Clennam’s Twenty Years in China’

Chair: Aditi Dasgupta

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-1.00 Jatin Nayak (Utkal) ‘Rewriting Dickens: An Odia Adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities’; Prodosh Bhattacharya (Jadavpur) ‘Two Bengali Adaptations of Oliver Twist

Chair: Sucheta Bhattacharya

1.10-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Parama Basu (Jadavpur) ‘United in Disgrace: Dangerous Femininity in Great Expectations and Armadale’, Abhipsa Chakraborty (Delhi) ‘The Reproductive Body: Sexuality and Maternity in Dombey and Son and Wuthering Heights’; Aratrika Das (Delhi) ‘Battered Bodies and Perverse Pleasure: Reading Dark Masculinity in Oliver Twist (1838) and Our Mutual Friend (1864-65)’

Chair: Prodosh Bhattacharya

3.30-3.45 Tea

3.45-5.00 Samantak Das (Jadavpur) ‘A Tale of Two Charleses: Dickens and Darwin’; Abhijit Gupta (Jadavpur) ‘Mudlarks, Toshers and Sewermen: Getting Down and Dirty with Dickens and Dodger

Chair: Saswati Halder

5.00 -5.30 Valediction



(A) JUSAS (Jadavpur University Society for American Studies) Seminar:

1. Transnational Perspectives in American Literature and Art, JadavpurUniversity, 22 February 2013

(B) CVS (Centre for Victorian Studies) UKIERI Seminar: 10 April 2012 at A-V Room, Dept of English: Conference Programme below:

11.05 – 11.55 – Professor Joanne Shattock (Professor Emeritus, Dept of English, Univ. of Leicester): ‘Models of Authorship: George Eliot and Margaret Oliphant’

11.55 – 12.15 – Shantanu Majee (M.Phil. student, Dept of English, JU):  ‘ “What’s in a name?” : Mrs. Oliphant and her most prized possession’

12.25 – 1.15 – Dr Felicity James (Dept of English, Univ. of Leicester): ‘Women, Life-Writing, Dissent’

1.15 – 1.35 – Shreya Chakravarty (Ph.D. student, Dept of English, JU):  ‘The empowered woman subject  of mesmerism in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Parasite’

2.05 – 2.55 – Dr Gowan Dawson (Dept of English, Univ. of Leicester): ‘Dickens, Dinosaurs and Design’

2.55 – 3.25 – Saswati Halder (Dept of English, JU):  ‘Feuerbachian Oracles in George Eliot’s Fiction’

3.25 – 3.45 – Atreya Banerjee (JRF, Dept of Comp. Lit., JU): On Bengali translations of Wilkie Collins

3.55 – 4.15 – Amrita Banerjee (Ph.D. student, Dept of English, JU):  ‘Sexual anxiety about the Indian Nautch in Victorian women’s travel writings’

4.15 – 4.35 – Aritra Chakraborty (Ph.D. student, Dept of English, JU):  ‘The Resistance of the Marginalized: Sex Manuals at turn-of-the-century Bengal’

4.35 – 4.55 – Abhishek Mitra (SRF, Dept of Comp. Lit., JU): ‘On Charles Baudelaire’s Paris: a brief discussion, with some stray comments on Jibananda Das’

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