1. The 2017 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecturer was Teresa Mangum of the University of Iowa, who presented "When the Lion Lies Down with the Lamb: The Art of Interspecies Attachment."

    From the early chapters of Genesis to last week's Youtube videos, we adamantly imagine cross-species affection. These interspecies memes illuminate how shifting fantasies of hierarchy, agency, and attachment made the survival of nonhuman species so precarious. At the same time, subtle changes in the representations of interspecies over time offer hope that animals and animal studies might be homed within the larger networks and long view of environmental cultural studies to the benefit of human and nonhuman animals alike.

    A professor in gender, women's, and sexuality studies, Teresa Mangum directs the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Married, Middle-brow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman Novel (1998); editor of A Cultural History of Women: Volume 5: The Age of Empire, 1800-1920 (2013); and guest editor of special issues of Philological Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Victorian Periodicals Review, and the Journal of Aging Studies.

    With Anne Valk of Brown University, Mangum co-edits the book series Humanities and Public Life for the University of Iowa Press. As well as exploring the ways that nineteenth-century British novels shaped readers' understanding of women, of late life, and of connections between humans and other animals, she also publishes on current issues: publicly engaged pedagogy, the place of service in an academic career, and graduate student placement.

    This event, which was free of charge and open to the public, was sponsored by the Department of English, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.

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  2. Alexander Regier of Rice University delivered the 2015-2016 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University.

    In his talk, Regier discussed a number of little-known but critically important historical and theoretical connections between the English poet William Blake, the German thinker Johann Georg Hamann, and the congregation of the nonconformist Moravian church in London. The wider relevance of these connections is that all three form part of an important Anglo-German constellation of thinkers and writers that flourished well before the 1790s, supposedly the decade during which German influence onto eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literary life began. The intellectual and textual exchange between Blake, Hamann and the Moravians actively points towards a need to reconfigure this literary history in the light of a multilingual study of the period.

    Ian Fletcher was a much-beloved Victorianist, a specialist in the literature of the 1890s, who spent the final six years of his career at Arizona State University during the 1980s. A remarkably productive scholar much appreciated for his edition of Lionel Johnson's poems, his much-quoted guide to Walter Pater, and his late study of Aubrey Beardsley published in 1987, Ian produced a host of books and articles that have been read and re-read many times in the past 40 years. In fact, his Collected Poems were published in 1998: ten years after his unfortunate death. This lectureship honors his memory and his importance in the field of Victorian Studies.

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  3. Alexander Regier of Rice University delivered the 2015-2016 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University.

    In his talk, Regier discussed a number of little-known but critically important historical and theoretical connections between the English poet William Blake, the German thinker Johann Georg Hamann, and the congregation of the nonconformist Moravian church in London. The wider relevance of these connections is that all three form part of an important Anglo-German constellation of thinkers and writers that flourished well before the 1790s, supposedly the decade during which German influence onto eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literary life began. The intellectual and textual exchange between Blake, Hamann and the Moravians actively points towards a need to reconfigure this literary history in the light of a multilingual study of the period.

    Ian Fletcher was a much-beloved Victorianist, a specialist in the literature of the 1890s, who spent the final six years of his career at Arizona State University during the 1980s. A remarkably productive scholar much appreciated for his edition of Lionel Johnson's poems, his much-quoted guide to Walter Pater, and his late study of Aubrey Beardsley published in 1987, Ian produced a host of books and articles that have been read and re-read many times in the past 40 years. In fact, his Collected Poems were published in 1998: ten years after his unfortunate death. This lectureship honors his memory and his importance in the field of Victorian Studies.

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  4. Pamela K. Gilbert "'A Mild Erection of the Head': The Meaning of the Blush in Nineteenth-Century Britain"

    The Fletcher Lecture 2015
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    The 2014-2015 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture features Pamela Gilbert, the Albert Brick Professor in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Gilbert has published widely in the areas of Victorian literature, cultural studies and the history of medicine. Her first book, Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997, followed by Mapping the Victorian Social Body (SUNY Press, 2004), The Citizen’s Body (Ohio State University Press, 2007), and Cholera and Nation (SUNY Press, 2008). Gilbert’s most recent articles include “Disease and the Body” in The Victorian World; “Women and Medicine in the Age of Empire” in The Cultural History of Women in The Age of Empire (1800-1920); and “‘A Nation of Good Animals’: Popular Beliefs and the Body,” in A Cultural History of the Body.

    Gilbert will present the talk, "'A Mild Erection of the Head': The Meaning of the Blush in Nineteenth-Century Britain." One might assume that the frequent mention of blushing in British nineteenth-century literature is simply part of an emphasis on female modesty. In fact, both self-consciousness and the blush were embroiled in a history of contentious discussion in the period: on materialism, the human-animal divide, the embodied mind, the function of the nervous system, evolution, criminology, and even theology. Gilbert's presentation will trace several aspects of this discussion through the period, with special attention to the anatomist Charles Bell and Charles Darwin.

    April 14, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
    University Club (UCLUB) ASU Tempe campus

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  5. The Fletcher Lecture 2013-2014
    April 9, 2014 | ASU Tempe campus

    The 2013-2014 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture features Richard C. Sha, Professor of Literature at American University. Sha is currently working on a book about how scientists understood the imagination during the Romantic period, with chapters covering physiology, neurology, chemistry and physics, midwifery, and psychology. Work on this book has been supported by a year-long NEH Fellowship in 2012-13 and portions of the manuscript have appeared in Configurations and European Romantic Review. He is also editing a volume of essays with Joel Faflak on Romanticism and Emotion, forthcoming from Cambridge UP. With physicist Nathan Harshman, Sha taught an undergraduate seminar on “Bridging the Two Cultures: Science and Literature” in spring 2012 and in fall 2013. He plans to teach a course on “Thinking Emotion: From Physiology to Ethics” with Bryan Fantie (neuro-psychologist) and April Shelford (Enlightenment historian) in 2014.

    Sha will present "Romantic Science and Romantic Imagination." He theorizes that Romantic poets, scientists, and philosophers saw the imagination as mattering because it was a primary force behind the production of knowledge. The entry under “Imagination” in Rees’ Cyclopedia, for instance, begins: “Imagination is a power or faculty of the soul, whereby it conceives and forms ideas of things, by means of the impressions made on the fibres of the brain, by sensation.” In Kant, and more generally, the imagination was the ground of perception and new thought. The imagination allows the mind to conceive, but as Plato, Descartes, Kant and others recognized, nothing guarantees the accuracy of its conceptions. Accuracy is the task of reason for Kant or of experimental regulation in science after the middle of the nineteenth century. As Sha will show, the Romantic imagination, even within science, played a key role in the transition from knowledge production to knowledge regulation.

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Ian Fletcher was a much-beloved Victorianist, a specialist in the literature of the 1890s, who spent the final six years of his career at Arizona State University during the 1980s. A remarkably productive scholar much appreciated for his edition of Lionel Johnson's poems, his much-quoted guide to Walter Pater, and his late study of Aubrey Beardsley published in 1987, Ian produced a host of books and articles that have been read and re-read many times in the past 40 years. In fact, his Collected Poems were published in 1998: ten years after his unfortunate death. This lectureship honors his memory and his importance in the field of Victorian Studies.

english.clas.asu.edu/fletcher

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