University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey


Dickens and the Visual Imagination

9 July 2012 - 10 July 2012

This international two-day conference hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in London and the University of Surrey in Guildford in association with Watts Gallery, will explore the interfaces between art history and textual scholarship through the work of Charles Dickens. Dickens is renowned for the richness of his visual imagination and his publications encouraged readers to interpret his words with and through their accompanying illustrations. Not only was Dickens deeply engaged with ideas of the visual in his writing, but his work has also provoked responses from artists across multiple disciplines within the Victorian period and beyond. The conference seeks to build on recent interdisciplinary work that illuminates nineteenth-century understandings of visual culture. By focussing the conference through a writer whose work is embedded in the visual imagination, Dickens will provide a test case for examining and theorising the connection between text and image across two hundred years of cultural history.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Kate Flint, University of Southern California, USA
  • Professor Sambudha Sen, University of Delhi, India
  • Professor Lynda Nead, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Professor Andrew Sanders, University of Durham

    Organisers: Dr Churnjeet Mahn, Dr Beth Palmer and Dr Gregory Tate, School of English and Languages, University of Surrey