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Extra Man: Dining (Out) Beyond the Marriage Plot

Modified: February 2, 2017

The Long Nineteenth Century Colloquium presents "Extra Man: Dining (Out) Beyond the Marriage Plot," a talk by Helena Michie (Rice University).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:15 PM, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201 
Reception to follow  
Abstract: This paper begins with and at the dining table, that privileged locus of Western philosophy, contemporary politics, and the Victorian novel. Professor Michie uses Dickens's Our Mutual Friend to examine the table's relation to humanness, collectivity, and marriage, proposing the figure of the "extra man" at the table as a way of thinking through the possibilities of a radical singleness.
This event is co-sponsored by the British Studies Cluster and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, in addition to the generous support of the Departments of English and History, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, The Buffett Institute for Global Studies, The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and The Graduate School Professional Development Grant.
Helena Michie is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of English at Rice University. Professor Michie is the author of five books in Victorian Studies and the study of gender and sexuality. Her most recent book, Love Among the Archives: Writing the Lives of Sir George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor, with Robyn Warhol, won the North American Victorian Studies Associations 2015 Best Book of the Year prize. She is also the author of Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal (Cambridge UP 2006); The Flesh Made Word: Female Figures and Women’s Bodies (Oxford UP 1987); Sororophobia: Differences among Women in Literature and Culture (Oxford UP 1991). She has been an NEH and a Guggenheim fellow.

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