Fraud and Forgery in Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

Conference 22 – 23 June 2018, Aarhus University, Denmark


Studenterhus Aarhus (Student House Aarhus)

Nordre Ringgade 3, DK-8000, Aarhus Denmark

Preben Hornung-room (PH)

Mogen Ziegler-room (MZ)


Friday 22 June


08:30-09:00: Registration (outside PH)

09:00-09:15: Welcome and opening remarks (PH)

09:15-10:45: KeynoteJames Taylor: ‘How to get rich quick: Financial advice in nineteenth-century Britain’ (PH)

10:45-11:00: Morning tea (outside PH)

11:00-12:30: Session 1 (Plenary): ‘Counterfeiting nature’ (PH)

  • Ellen Turner (Lund): ‘Margarine and Fraud in Literary Texts’
  • Julie Kraft (Indiana): ‘Counterfeiting, Adulterating Quacks: Wilkie Collins’ Critique of Adulteration Reform’s medical Leadership
  • Nancy Henry (Tennessee): ‘Horseracing Fraud in Victorian Fiction’

12:30-13:30: Lunch (Stakladen)

13:30-15:30: Session 2 (Parallel):

2A: ‘The copy and its originals’ (PH)

  • Jon Dietrick (Babson College): ‘Maps, Titles, Legends: Signification and Value in The House of the Seven Gables
  • Elly McCausland (Aarhus): ‘“I wouldn’t trust that map”: fraudulent geographies in late Victorian boys’ adventure fiction’
  • Katy Brundan (Oregon): ‘Nineteenth-Century Pseudotranslation: Forgery, Playful Hoax, or Philological Commentary?’
  • Peter Lindfield (Manchester): ‘A Fake or Genuine Artefact: The Parian Chronicle Debate and Perceptions of Authenticity in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain’

 2B: ‘Periodicals and the press’ (MZ)

  • Beth Mills (Exeter/Reading): ‘“Great is the power of misrepresentation”: Evolutionary Science, Grant Allen’s Crime Fiction, and the Late-Victorian Periodical’
  • Julia Podziewska (Sheffield Hallam): ‘Fraud and Forgery Press Reporting as a Condition of Possibility for Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White (1859-1860)
  • Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen (Aarhus): ‘”An abstract being like myself”: Periodical ’It-narratives’ and the joint stock company’

15:30-15:45: Afternoon tea (outside PH)

15:45-17:15: Session 3 (Parallel)

3A ‘Conspicuous objects’ (PH)

  • Maria Damkjær (Copenhagen): ‘Product Placement in the 19th Fraudulent texts and the question of authenticity’
  • Angela Tse (Hong Kong): ‘Forging an Upper-Class Identity through Reading Clothes in Catherine Gore’s Silver-fork Fiction’
  • Oriah Amit (UCLA): ‘When Safes Stop Being Safe: Fraud and the Failure of Security in Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds

3B: ‘Authenticity on and around the stage’ (MZ)

  • Marty Gould (South Florida/Brunel): ‘The Forger and the Foundling: Authorship and Legitimacy in No Thoroughfare (1867)’
  • Veronica Mittnacht (UC Berkely): ‘Deception as Theater: Sociability and Temporality in Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

17:15-18:00: Performance: fraudulent Dickens play

18:30-21:30: Conference Dinner (Spiselauget at Godsbanen, Skovgaardsgade 3, DK-8000 Aarhus C, entrance 3A or 3H –


Saturday 23 June


09:00-10:30: Keynote. Nick Groom: ‘How much blood and horror lies behind all “good things”!’: Vampiric Authenticity and Catachthonic Forgery in the Long Nineteenth Century’ (PH)

10:30-10:45: Morning tea (outside PH)

10:45-12:45: Session 4 (Plenary): ‘Questionable identities’ (PH)

  • Anactoria Clarke (Open University): ‘Neo-Victorian Fraud: Disguise and False Identity in Penny Dreadful.
  • Melanie Jones (UCLA): ‘The Woman in White: False identities and the female body as document’
  • Matthias Stephan (Aarhus): ‘”But you are dead” – Humour and Mistaken Identity in Pirandello’s Il fu Mattia Pascal
  • Daniel Norman (Durham/St. Andrews): ‘Forging Oneself: Coleridge’s Parodies and Self-Subversions.’

12:45-13:30: Lunch (Stakladen)

13:30-15:00 Session 5 (Parallel)

5A: ‘Economics, business, gambling’ (PH)

  • Signe Leth Gammelgaard (Gothenburg): ‘Temperature, economics and fraud in Herman Bangs Stuk
  • Geoffroy Legentilhomme (Geneva): ‘The underwriter as novelist: financial markets and the Honduras railway fraud (1867 – 1872)’
  • Di Yang (Tsinghua): ‘“Our gain is another one’s loss”: Fraud, Gambling and the Ethics of Sympathy in Daniel Deronda

5B: ‘Marriage and lying’ (MZ)

  • Arman Teymouri Niknam (Aarhus): ‘Mary Wollstonecraft’s rejection of the “awful vow”: Using distrust and female empowerment as means of opposing a fraudulent marriage culture’
  • Dominic Rainsford (Aarhus): ‘Fraudulent Marriages in Dickens’
  • Shu-Fang Lai (Yat-Sen): ‘“In the Name of the Father of Lies”: Fraud and Forgery in Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend

15:00-15:15 Afternoon tea (outside PH)

15:15-17:00: Session 6 (Parallel)

6A: ‘Mendacious genres’ (PH)

  • Frederik Van Dam (Radboud): ‘”no Trust”: Melville’s The Confidence Man, Nineteenth-Century Cosmopolitanism, and the Form of the Frame Tale.
  • Sabina Akram (Anglia Ruskin): ‘A reflective swansong: the use of genre in Robert Southey’s The Doctor, &co (1834)’
  • Ben Carver (Falmouth): ‘Fraud and Realism in Balzac’s Short Fiction’

6B: ‘Forging social and religious forms’ (MZ)

  • Niloofar Sarlati (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities): ‘The Fear of a Hollow Globe: Challenges of Forged Smiles, Smarmy Words, and Counterfeit Bank Notes’
  • Kimberlee Hall (North Alabama): ‘Fraudulent Behavior in M.E. Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret: The Creation of a Feminist Heroine

17:00-17:15: Closing remarks (presentation of planned publication)

17:15-: Informal talk, possible excursion downtown (drinks, dinner).




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