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The Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lectureship
in Victorian Studies

This lectureship fund, named for Sarah Cutts Frerichs AM’49 PhD’74, will support annual lectures on topics related to Victorian Studies — the study of English culture of the Victorian period — including, but not limited to, comparative literature, social and political history, and the histories of education, philosophy, fine arts, economics, law, and science.


"The Victorian Archive and Its Secret"
November 29, 2012
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

5:30 - 7:00pm

Nancy Armstrong
Gilbert, Louis & Edward Lehrman Professor of English
Duke University

This talk looks closely at the formal techniques by which Dickens and Darwin dismantled the cultural and natural taxonomies bequeathed to them by natural philosophy and eighteenth-century fiction.  This paper spells out the formal logic of the social world that Dickens assembled from that debris in hopes of shedding new light on the dynamic relationship among the species for which Darwin so successfully argued.

Speaker Nancy Armstrong, formerly the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Modern Culture & Media, and Gender Studies at Brown, is currently the Gilbert, Louis & Edward Lehrman Professor of English at Duke. She is interested in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American fiction, empire and sexuality, narrative and critical theory, visual culture, and scientific discourses at work in literary forms. She is best known for her groundbreaking book on the relationship between subjectivity and the novel, Desire and Domestic Fiction.


November 30
"A Gothic History of the British Novel"
Master seminar
12:00 - 2:00pm
Pre-registration only

Speaker Nancy Armstrong will conduct a master seminar for faculty and invited graduate students. Assigned reading required prior to day of seminar.

Seating is limited. Those who would like to join this Master Seminar must contact Jacques Khalip.


Click here for a biography of Sarah Cutts Frerichs.

More information about Nancy Armstrong.

A copy of the poster.

Visit the photo gallery from this event!