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We are delighted to announce that the keynote speakers for NAVSA 2014 will be Gillian Beer (Cambridge) and Tim Barringer (Yale).

Professor Dame Gillian BeerGillian Beer

Professor Dame Gillian Beer is King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Emeritus at the University of Cambridge. More recently she has been the Andrew W Mellon Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature; an Honorary International Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.  She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1998.

Victorianists know Gillian Beer best for her groundbreaking scholarship on the relations between science and literature in the nineteenth century. Her epochal 1983 study Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction was followed by George Eliot (1986), Arguing with the Past: Essays in Narrative from Woolf to Sidney (1989), Forging the Missing Link: Interdisciplinary Stories (1992), Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter (1996), and Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground (1996), among others. Gillian Beer is the General Editor of the series Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture. She has also edited numerous scholarly editions, including Woolf’s The Waves, Meredith’s notebooks, Darwin’s Origin of Species, and Freud’s case study of the Wolf Man. Her edition of Jabberwocky: The Collected and Annotated Poems of Lewis Carroll  (Penguin Classics, 2012) is now out in paperback.

Gillian Beer’s keynote address is entitled, “‘Are you animal – or vegetable – or mineral?’ Alice and Others.”


Tim BarringerTim Barringer

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art and Director of Graduate Studies at Yale University. He specializes in eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century art and visual culture of Britain and the British Empire, American art and museum studies. He was curator, with Andrew Wilton, of American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States, 1825-1880 (2002). With Gillian Forrester and Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, he co-curated Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (2007). The accompanying book was awarded the Alfred Barr Prize of the College Art Association. His monographs include Men at Work: Art and Labor in Victorian Britain  (2005), Opulence and Anxiety: Landscape Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts (2007), and the catalogue for an exhibition at Compton Verney, Before and After Modernism: Byam Shaw, Rex Vicat Cole, Yinka Shonibare (2010).

Tim Barringer’s research on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood has helped redefine the reception and critical understanding of British art in the Victorian Period. In addition to the book, Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1998), he was the co-curator, with Alison Smith and Jason Rosenfeld, of  Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain (2012), National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow and Mori Arts Center, Tokyo (2013), and co-author of the catalogue. In 2013-14, Tim Barringer is holder of a J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Tim Barringer’s keynote address is entitled: “In Search of An English Folk: Art and Music c. 1900.”