English Association Literary Salon – Dinah Birch in conversation with Hilary Fraser

Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. Her role involves overseeing all matters relating to the development of the university’s research and impact activities, nationally and internationally. She also chaired REF2014 Sub-panel 29 (English Literature and Language), and was Deputy Chair of Main Panel D (Arts and Humanities). External roles include chairing the Advisory Council for the University of London’s IES, chairing the Editorial Board of The Conversation (an international online journal for the dissemination of research: http://theconversation.com/uk),

Dinah has published widely on Victorian fiction and poetry, and on the work of the critic John Ruskin. Her books include Our Victorian Education (2007), and she is the general editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (7th ed., 2009). She has published new editions of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford (2011) and Anthony Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her? (2012) and The Small House at Allington (2014) with Oxford University Press, and served as a member of the Man Booker prize panel in 2012. She is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books. She was awarded a CBE in 2016 for services to higher education, literary scholarship and cultural life.

Hilary Fraser holds the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where she is Dean of Arts. Forty years ago, as DPhil students, she and Dinah studied Ruskin at Oxford. Since then she has written monographs on the Victorians and Renaissance Italy, aesthetics and religion in Victorian literature, nineteenth-century non-fiction prose, and gender and the Victorian periodical. Her most recent book, Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century, was published by CUP in 2014. She is currently President of the British Association for Victorian Studies. She still likes Ruskin, and still works on art writing.

Thursday 6th July, 5.00