Victorians Institute 2000

This Strange Disease of Modern Life: Victorian Illness, Health and Medicine

hosted by 
The University of South Carolina 
Liberal Arts * English * Women's Studies* Thomas Cooper Library  
with support from the 
South Carolina Humanities Council 
a state level-agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Columbia, South Carolina
Friday, October 6th--Saturday October 7th, 2000


The Victorians, and Victorian texts, seem obsessed with illness, and Victorian attitudes to health and medicine seem even more alien and obsessive than their attitudes to illness. The papers at this year's Victorians Institute explore specific cultural, literary and historical symptoms of this widespread Victorian dis-ease, both through the rereading of single texts and the examination of relevant historical or biographical cruxes. Within this broad focus, issues for discussion will include: public health and the topography of illness; the gendering of Victorian illness and health; the Victorian lexicon of disease; and the emergent professionalization of Victorian medicine.

The Institute will begin early on Friday afternoon, in Thomas Cooper Library, and will continue on Saturday, in the Gressette Room, Harper College, and the adjacent Flinn Hall, with a lunch at Faculty House; all three Saturday locations are on the north side of the historic Horseshoe at the centre of the campus. The Institute concludes at approximately 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, though many participants stay over Saturday night for dinner with colleagues. 

Because of support for the Institute from the University and from the South Carolina Humanities Council, there is no registration charge this year to attend the program sessions, and all program sessions are open to the public. Details on registration for program participants, on Institute membership, and on booking for the Victorians Institute luncheon are given below. 


Participants are reminded that, to ensure fairness to others and time for discussion, papers should not exceed 18 minutes in reading time. Participants who plan visual presentations (slides or powerpoint) should contact the program chair well in advance(see below).

Main Conference Hotel (book before September 15): 
Clarion Town House, 1615 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201 
tel 803-771-8711 or 1-800-277-8711; fax 803-252-3010 
--conference rate, $72 per night + tax; ask for Victorians Institute when booking  
Alternative Nearby Accommodation (book before September 22): 
Holiday Inn, Coliseum/City Center, Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201 
tel 803-799-7800 or 1-800-465-4329; 
--conference rate $70 + tax; ask for Victorians Institute when booking 
Rose Hall Bed & Breakfast, 1006 Barnwell St., Columbia, SC 29201 
tel: 803-771-2288 or $70-125 + tax 
Claussen's Inn, 2003 Greene St, Columbia, SC 
tel: 803-765-0440: near Five Points Area: $110-140 + tax

All program participants (presenters, session chairs etc.) must register. Registration fees at the conference are registration $60 (graduate students, emeriti, unaffiliated scholars $50). Registration includes the Friday reception, Saturday luncheon, and one year's membership or extension of membership in the Victorians Institute in Friday (ensuring you a copy of the Victorians Institute Journal and information on next year's Institute). Checks for registration should be made out to "Victorians Institute, 2000," and accompanied by a completed registration form (available at the registration desk at the conference or on-line:  Click here for form]

For further information, contact:

Professor Patrick Scott, 
tel: 803-777-1275

This year's Victorians Institute Carolina is sponsored by the University of South Carolina's Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts, the Women's Studies Program, Thomas Cooper Library, Office of Pre-Professional Advising, and the Nineteenth-Century Club, and co-directed by Patrick Scott and William B. Thesing. 


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