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"This Unpredictable Person": Charles Kingsley at 200 Event

Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research
Charles Kingsley
20 - 22 July 2017
The Gladstone Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF

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Event details

The Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research are proud to sponsor this exciting workshop being held in Hawarden in July 2017.

This event is also supported by Princeton University Library. The convenors are Dr Jonathan Conlin (University of Southampton) and Dr J. M. I. Klaver (University of Urbino).

At the centenary of Charles Kingsley's death in 1975 Owen Chadwick spoke of the need to take Kingsley "as a whole" in order to understand "this unpredictable person." Scholars of the novel, of writing for children, of history and theology were all guilty of taking this many-sided man apart. As we approach the centenary of Kingsley's birth, it would be easy to think of additions to Chadwick's list: since 1975 Kingsley's life and work have also been discussed by historians of gender, empire and science. But are we any closer to appreciating Kingsley "as a whole"? This workshop aims to begin a dialogue among specialists, taking stock of Kingsley scholarship and identifying themes that illuminate not only the man, but Victorian ideas of faith, race, gender and history.

Participants include James Eli Adams (Columbia), Simon Goldhill (Cambridge), Piers Hale (Oklahoma), Leslie Howsam (Windsor), Stephen Prickett (Glasgow), Norman Vance (Sussex). For the draft programme, please see below. A limited number of spaces are still available, for further information please contact Dr Jonathan Conlin:


For a review of this event, please see the page here.

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