The Figure of Christ in the Long Nineteenth-Century

"The Shadow of Death" by William Holman Hunt (1870­‐3), showing Jesus Christ stretching his arms after sawing wood Untitled Page

A one-day conference at Anglia Ruskin University

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016
Venue: LAB 222, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT


Conference fee: £15

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Conference Schedule:

9-9.30am: Registration and coffee

9.30-10.30am: Keynote 1: Valerie Purton (Anglia Ruskin): Tennyson, Lacan and the Raising of Lazarus. Chair: Elizabeth Ludlow (Anglia Ruskin)

10.30am-12.10pm: Panel 1: Christology and Victorian Literature. Chair: Kathy Rees (Anglia Ruskin)
Clare Walker Gore (Cambridge): ‘It was but her full share of the cross’: Disability, Suffering and the Body of Christ in the Novels of Charlotte M. Yonge
Jo Carruthers (Lancaster): Nineteenth-Century Passions: Christ-like women and female sexuality in North and South and The Scarlet Letter
Leanne Waters (University College Dublin): ‘The war is not ours, but God’s!’: The Language of Violence and the Embattlement of Christ in Late Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Mark Knight (Lancaster): Killing the thing we love: the role of Christology in Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol

12.10-1pm: Lunch

1-2.40pm: Panel 2: Political factions and the church. Chair: Emma Mason (Warwick)
Mike Sanders (Manchester): The “Political Saviour”, “the Nazarene - the Good!”, and the “Christ-like” martyr: the varieties of Chartist Christology
Carol Engelhardt Herringer (Wright State): Jesus as a Jew in Anglo-Catholic Eucharist Theology
Ralph Norman (Canterbury Christ Church): Newman and the Hidden Figure of Christ: Ascension, Mystery, and the Imagination in High Church Sermons
Gareth Atkins (Cambridge): “Endeavours after the Christian Life”: Saints in nineteenth-century freethought

2.45-3.45pm: Keynote 2: Christopher Rowland (Oxford): Blake, Enoch and the emergence of the apocalyptic Christ. Chair: Zoe Bennett (Anglia Ruskin)

3.45-4.15pm: Coffee

4-5.55pm: Panel 3. Visual Representations of Christ-figures. Chair: Brian Murray (Kings College London)

Michael Ledger-Lomas (Kings College London): ‘The Type of a New Era’: Constructing Prince Albert
Naomi Billingsley (Kings College London): Christ as Artist in William Blake’s Biblical Watercolours
Laura Fox Gill (Sussex): Milton’s Christ and Passive Power in Melville and Turner
Andrew Tate (Lancaster): “Real visions of real things”: The Light of the World, Incarnation and Popular Culture

6-7pm: Keynote 3: Emma Mason (Warwick): Considering the lilies: Christina Rossetti's ecological Jesus. Chair: Kirsty Harris (Anglia Ruskin)

7-7.30pm: Wine Reception

Please note: all sessions will take place in Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) 222 and refreshments provided in LAB 216.

Image: The Shadow of Death, William Holman Hunt, (1870-­3)