INCS 2013

Charlottesville, Virginia, March 14-17, 2013

Featured Speakers

William Gleason, Department of English, Princeton University

William Gleason’s research spans the eighteenth century to the present, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  His areas of specialization include American Studies, African American and multi-ethnic U.S. literatures, material culture, popular culture, social and cultural history, literature and the environment, children’s literature, and leisure and play.  Former Director of the Program in American Studies, he also serves as Associate Faculty in the Center for African American Studies and the Princeton Environmental Institute.  He is currently Chair of the Department of English.

Dr. Gleason is currently co-editing three book projects: Keywords in the Study of Environment and Culture; Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom; and The Princeton Guide to Teaching Literature.

Selected Publications

Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature (New York University Press, 2011)
The Leisure Ethic: Work and Play in American Literature, 1840-1940
(Stanford University Press, 1999)


Lynda Nead, Pevsner Professor of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London

Lynda Nead’s research focuses on the history of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century British visual culture.  Her past works have addressed Victorian femininity, the metropolis, obscenity, sport, and photography and film.  She has also collaborated on a variety of interdisciplinary projects exploring the interface between art and law, art and cultural history, and art and cultural geography.

Currently, Dr. Nead is conducting research for a new book, The Tiger in the Smoke: British Visual Culture in the 1950s, which examines the nature and role of the visual arts in post-war Britain.

Selected Publications

The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography and Film c. 1900 (Yale University Press, 2008).
Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London
(Yale University Press, 2000).
Between Two Cultures: The Work of Chila Kumari Burman
(Arts Council and Kala Press, 1995).
The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity and Sexuality
(Routledge, 1992).
Myths of Sexuality: Representations of Women in Victorian Britain
(Basil Blackwell, 1988).