Annual lecture archive

Dickens, 'Madness', and Marriage

  • 20 November 2019
  • Speaker: Professor John Bowen, University of York

Professor John Bowen, from the University of York, will be speaking on Dickens, ‘Madness’ and Marriage. His talk is based on his research into newly discovered letters which show that Dickens attempted to have his wife, Catherine, put in a mental asylum. The lecture is free and open to all. It will take place at 5pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester. There will be a Q&A and reception afterwards. For further information and to book your free place, visit Eventbrite.


Browse some of our past annual lectures in the Victorian Studies Centre below.

Detecting Victorian Crime

  • 6 December 2017
  • Speaker: Kate Summerscale

How George Eliot Came to Write Fiction

  • 30 November 2016
  • Speaker: Professor Rosemary Ashton OBE, Emeritus Quain Professor of English Language and Literature, University College London

The Victorian World: Prison to Playground

  • 19 November 2014
  • Speaker: Dr Matthew Sweet

The Mysterious Case of George Eliot's Right Hand

  • 20 November 2013
  • Speaker: Professor Kathryn Hughes, University of East Anglia

Faust Comes to Town: 'Creative Destruction' in the Victorian City

  • 21 November 2012
  • Speaker: Peter Mandler, Professor of Modern Cultural History, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

Models of Authorship: George Eliot and Margaret Oliphant

  • 26 November 2011
  • Speaker: Joanne Shattock, Emeritus Professor, Victorian Studies Centre, University of Leicester

'One Human Heart': Elizabeth Gaskell's Wordsworthian Vein

  • 17 November 2010
  • Speaker: Jenny Uglow

Charles Dickens: A Life Defined by Writing

  • 25 November 2009
  • Speaker: Michael Slater, Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London

The Haunted Gallery: Enchanted Pictures and Statues in Visual Media c.1900

  • 21 November 2007
  • Speaker: Lynda Nead, Pevsner Professor of History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London

Darwin Loves You

  • 21 November 2006
  • Speaker: George Levine, Rutgers University, New Jersey