Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award 2020                                 

October 2020. The Russian translation of Patricia’s novel James Miranda Barry has been awarded The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Prize 2020. One of Russia’s most prestigious awards for literature, it is presented by the Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate with Samsung Electronics and recognises outstanding works in the foreign fiction category.

View The Yasnaya Polyana website (available in English and Russian)

View video of Patricia’s acceptance speech

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Previous News and Events

 JUNE 2020 

Editing A Novel

8-13 June 2020. Arvon, Totleigh Barton, Devon

Patricia will be one of the tutors on the fiction course at the Arvon centre with editor Richard Beswick and the literary agent,  Jo Unwin. 

Please Note: Event Now cancelled due to Covid-19 (may be rescheduled for 2021)

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Herstory Re-Imagined

16-17 December. King's College, London

A Conference on Women's Lives in Biographical Fiction and Film. Patricia will be a keynote speaker at the event.

View the Herstory Re-Imagined Website

 OCTOBER 2019 

Writers in Neo-Victorian Fiction

11 October, Université de Caen Normandie, France

Patricia will be keynote speaker at this international one day conference. Event details can be seen on the ESSE website (European Society for the Study of English) or download the programme.

View or download the event programme

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November 2019: A recording of the talk is now available. Watch the video

 MAY 2019 

Victorian Ideologies in Contemporary British Cultures

Christina Flotmann-Scholz, Anna Lienen (Eds.)

‘Victorian’ is often used synonymously with ‘outdated’ today. However, some of the ideologies underlying contemporary social structures still seem to be heavily influenced by 19th-century thinking. The volume looks at Victorian and contemporary ‘texts’ to explore this ideological continuity. Apart from Neo-Victorian novellas, comics and TV series which openly take up Victorian concerns, the articles also foreground contemporary material less obviously ‘Victorian’, such as advertisements or the novels of the ‘black male underclass’.

At the same time the contributors show how texts from both eras can also contain ‘structures of feeling’ which contradict dominant Victorian ideologies. Topics discussed range from gender, class and ethnicity to questions of seriality, spatiality and spirituality–issues significant both during the Victorian period and after. The volume also features an interview with British author and academic Patricia Duncker on how the Victorians and Victorianism have shaped her life and writings. 

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