George Eliot & Her Circle Conference

George Eliot and Her Circle: A One-Day Conference

Friday 26 May 2017, LAB 109

Keynotes: Dr James Mussell (University of Leeds) and Dr Louise Lee (University of Roehampton)


10-11: KEYNOTE 1: Louise Lee (University of Roehampton), The Call to Levity: Incongruity, Evolution & Victorian Literary Form in Charles Darwin & George Eliot. Chair: Elizabeth Ludlow

11-12.30: PANEL 1: IMAGINATIVE FORMS. Chair: Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin University)

Susie Paskins (Birkbeck), Radical Theology and the Shaping of Silas Marner

Elizabeth Carolyn Miller (University of California, Davis), The Floods, the Floss, and the Flow: Water Power in The Mill on the Floss

Clare Walker Gore (University of Cambridge), “This gift of transferred life”: Disability, Plot and Inheritance in George Eliot and Henry James

12.30-1.30: LUNCH                                                                                                 

1.30-3: PANEL 2: ROMOLA AND THE EXPERIENCE OF LOSS. Chair: John Gardner (Anglia Ruskin University)

Elizabeth Ludlow (Anglia Ruskin University), Spaces of the Sacred inGeorge Eliot’s Romola and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Agnes of Sorrento

Brian Murray (Kings College London), Romola and the Limits of Martyrology

Sophie Frazer (University of Sydney), George Eliot and Spinoza: Towards a Theory of the Affects

3-3.15: COFFEE

3.15-4.45: PANEL 3: MIDDLEMARCH. Chair: Kathy Rees (Anglia Ruskin University)

Marie Moxon (Anglia Ruskin University), Buying Next Year’s Swallows:  Gambling, Speculation and the Nature of Risk in Middlemarch

Laura Davis (Kings College London), Middlemarch under observation

Milena Schwab-Graham (University of Duisburg-Essen), “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” Middlemarch as a re-visioning of Spinoza’s Ethics

4.45-5: BREAK

5-6: KEYNOTE 2: James Mussell (University of Leeds) Between Sympathy and Information: George Eliot, the Novel and the Book. Chair: Martin Hewitt (Anglia Ruskin University)


Please register your attendance here at Eventbrite by Thursday May 11th.