Conference Programme: Muck and Brass: Money and Finance in Victorian Britain

28 09 2012


 Saturday, 10th November 2012


Provisional Programme & Registration



9 – 9:45: Registration and Coffee


9.45 – 10.45: Keynote Address – Professor Ranald Michie (Durham): ‘The Race for Wealth in Victorian and Edwardian England: Perception and Reality’


10.45 – 11.15: BREAK


11.15 – 12.30: Parallel Sessions

Session A: Charity, Patronage and Community: Capitalism, Welfare, and Art


Mary Clare, Martin (Greenwich): ’Children raise money for children’: the ‘priceless’ child and hospital fund-raising in Britain, 1830-1901’.

Jim Cheshire (Lincoln): ‘Ecclesiological finance: narratives of patronage within Victorian Gothic’

Holly Gale Millette (UEA): ‘’Chugging’ from the apron: Victorian liberalism, ethical economies and neo-liberal entrepreneurialism in Boucicault’s The Poor of New York /The Streets of London’.


Session B: Global Flow and Material Encounters: Capitalism and Morality

Ved Prakash Baruah (Cardiff): ‘How opium changed the face of the globe: the empire of ideas and the British opium trade in India’.

Paul Young (Exeter): ‘‘Bird, be quiet!’: Little Dorrit, free trade and frictional globalization’.

Gordon Tait (Newcastle): ‘The economy of the hearth: poetry and the human cost of coal production in Victorian Britain’.


Session C: Domestic Economy, Business, and Social Change

Malcolm Chase (Leeds): ‘How a penny became thousand pounds: Robert Kemp Philp and the democratisation of self help’

Chloe Reynolds (Exeter): ‘‘How to live well on nothing a year?’: managing money in the homes of Victorian novels’.

Jennifer Aston (Birmingham): ‘Female business ownership and social mobility in late-nineteenth- century England’.


Session D: Currency, Coinage, and Circulation

Claire Wood (York): ‘Haunting speculations and human coinage in Martin Chuzzlewit

Stephanie Polsky: ‘Bank draft: the winds of change in Little Dorrit’s domestic economy’

Nathan Uglow (Leeds Trinity): ‘Cultural capitalism: Ruskin and coins’


12.30 – 1.30: LUNCH


1.30 – 2.30: Keynote Address – Professor Janette Rutterford (Open): title to be announced.


2.30 – 3.45pm: Parallel Sessions

Session E:  Banking, Business, and Buildings: Market Regulation, Ethics, and the Law


Andrew Smith (Coventry) and Kevin D. Tennent (York): ‘The Culture of Shareholder-Management Relations in British FSCs and MNCs, 1850-1914.’

James Taylor (Lancaster):‘Directors in the Dock: The Criminalisation of Company Fraud in Victorian Britain’.

Rosemary Mitchell (Leeds Trinity):’ Provincial Prudence, National Narratives: Building a Bank Ethic in the Yorkshire Penny Bank, Infirmary Street, Leeds’.


Session F: Exchange, Speculation, Aesthetics, and Value

Kate Compton (York): ‘Exchanging words: paper speculation and the fortunes of Anthony Trollope’.

Cordelia Smith (Birkbeck): ‘When is a lottery not a lottery? Gambling, bad painting and the art unions’.

Jane Ford (Portsmouth): ‘Greek Gift and ‘Given Being’: The Libidinal & Christological Economies of Vernon Lee’s Supernatural Tales’.


Session G: Cities, Culture, Environment, and Exposure

Esther Bellamy (Southampton): ‘Mud on the Glass: Bleak House and the Great Exhibition’.

Jo Waugh (York St John): ‘Shelter from the storm’: figuring the economic climate in Léon Faucher’s Manchester in 1844 and Gaskell’s Mary Barton (1848)’.

Keith Linley (independent scholar): ‘Muck and Class: the Culture of Capital’.


3.45 – 4.15: BREAK


4.15 – 4.45: Roundtable Discussion





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