Conference: Arthur Morrison and the East End

Arthur Morrison (1845-1914)
Arthur Morrison (1845-1914)

Saturday 2 November 2013

The Octagon, Queens Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS

This conference marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of realist novelist Arthur Morrison, best remembered for his notorious A Child of the Jago (1896). Relentless in its bleakness and violence, the novel captured the desperate struggle to survive among the poorest in the East End. This is the first academic conference to focus on Morrison and features established and emergent scholars exploring the aesthetics, social and sexual politics of his work.

It will be held in the Octagon at Queen Mary, University of London, the site of the library of the former People’s Palace, where Morrison was employed from 1888-90.

Keynote speakers:

Prof Simon Joyce (College of William and Mary, USA), author of Capital Offenses: Geographies of Class and Crime in Victorian London (2003) and The Victorians in the Rearview Mirror (Ohio University Press, 2007)

Sarah Wise, author of The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (Bodley Head, 2008).

Panellists include:

Prof Dan Bivona (Arizona State University), Prof Seth Koven (Rutgers University), Eliza Cubitt (UCL), Ruth Doherty (Trinity College, Dublin), Victoria Lefevre (Royal Holloway, University of London), Prof Diana Maltz (Southern Oregon University), Dr Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London)

Conference organisers:
Prof Diana Maltz (Southern Oregon University) and Dr Nadia Valman (QMUL)

Enquiries: Email Dr Nadia Valman
For the full programme and to book tickets see the conference website:

Tickets: £10/£5 concession

Conference supported by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, QMUL, Centre for Public Engagement, QMUL, the Raphael Samuel History Centre, the Department of English, QMUL and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Oregon University.

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