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The 'Weird Stories' of Charlotte Riddell: A Talk by Helena Ilfill

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The fifth talk in the Victoriographies Research Group seminar series (University of Surrey)

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The Weird Stories of Charlotte Riddell

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Helena Ilfill is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. Her research centres on Victorian popular fiction, especially sensation fiction and the Gothic. She is particularly interested in how these genres engage with issues concerning gender, science and medicine. Her monograph, Creating Character: Theories of Nature and Nurture in Victorian Sensation Fiction, explored how the novels of Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins respond and contribute to nineteenth-century debates about identity formation and free will. She has also published work on vampire fiction and Victorian stories of mesmerism. She is currently working on projects about the representation of doctors and patients in nineteenth-century Female Gothic texts, and the Victorian popular author and journal editor, Charlotte Riddell.

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Date: Thursday 18 March, 2021

Time: 5.00-6.30pm (17-18.30) GMT UK

Location: This is an online event. The Zoom link will be sent to you directly via email before the talk. Please note that registration will close at 3.30pm on Thursday 18 March.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact d.dove@surrey.ac.uk

Image: Charlotte Riddell's Weird Stories book cover.

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