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Our presenter is Ms Denae Dyck, a Ph.D candidate in the Department of English at UVic. She will be speaking on the topic "The Changing Bible in Victorian Literature."

The luncheon and meeting will be held in the ‘Lounge’ on the second floor which can be accessed by the stairs or an elevator. There is parking adjacent to the Centre.

Please contact Earl Jenson (778-265-4198) or Cyril Nasim (250-383-0400) if you need a ride. 

A synoposis of Ms Dyck's talk: My talk will explain the historical and cultural context for my topic and then offer some literary examples. Literary works that I will mention include Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Robert Browning's "Christmas-Eve," and George Eliot's Adam Bede. My guess is that people will likely be familiar with A Christmas Carol in some form, and I will use this text to help introduce my discussion of lesser-known works. I won't assume prior knowledge of the texts and contexts and will provide plot summaries, etc. whenever relevant.  

Ms. Dyck's Bio:

My research takes as its starting point the interpretive debates sparked by the dissemination of biblical higher criticism in mid-Victorian Britain (1840s to 1880s). This criticism challenged accepted ideas about the Bible's divine inspiration and unified message, emphasizing instead its historical contexts, composite authorship, and generic plurality. I am interested in how poets, novelists, and essayists responded to the critical project of re-reading the Bible as a fragmentary and dialogic text. More specifically, I focus on the role that reinterpretations of biblical wisdom literature played in constructing alternative frameworks of revelation and authority.

My work has been generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic, and the Visiting Scholars Program of the Armstrong Browning Library. I serve as a graduate student representative for the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, and at this association's 2019 conference I won the Founders' Circle Award (for best paper delivered by a graduate student or emergent scholar up to 5 years post-graduation). At UVic, I am instructor of record for English 386 - Victorian Poetry (Fall 2019) and English 135 - Academic Reading and Writing (Fall 2018 and Spring 2020).