The Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture Series


2021-22 Fletcher Lecture
Ivan Kreilkamp, Professor of English, Indiana University Bloomington
'Living on Pea-nuts: George Gissing in the Long Depression'

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. doors open, 5:30 p.m. lecture begins
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) 1102 S. McAllister Ave., room 196
ASU Tempe campus

Please join us for the annual Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) room 196 on the ASU Tempe campus. **Masks are required, social distancing will be in place, and two doors will be open, including one to the outside.**

This event is sponsored by the Department of English in honor of Professor Ian Fletcher (1920-1988). It is also generously supported by the Institute for Humanities Research, the School of International Letters and Cultures, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.



Our lecture this year will be delivered by Ivan Kreilkamp, Professor of English at Indiana University and co-editor of Victorian Studies. His talk is titled “Living on Pea-nuts: George Gissing in the Long Depression.” It focuses on the three major novels published by George Gissing between 1889 and 1893, The Nether World, New Grub Street, and The Odd Women: novels that depict the constant pressure exerted by the need to earn money to hold starvation at bay and to achieve an always precarious subsistence or survival. Gissing’s fiction does not simply depict hunger and poverty, however, but in different ways seems to aim to turn hunger and scarcity into a style and form that are at once austere, a depiction of austerity, and an effort to transcend that state. In doing so, these novels insistently ponder, and seem to try to literalize in reflexive ways, the question of what it means to “live on” one’s writing or productions as a late-nineteenth-century author.

Kreilkamp is the author of Voice and the Victorian Storyteller (Cambridge University Press, 2005 ) and Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel (University of Chicago Press, 2018), and is at work on a book about Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad for Columbia University Press’s new Rereadings series. Co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Victorian Studies, Kreilkamp has also published widely on contemporary fiction, film, and pop music in Public Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Republic, and elsewhere.

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Watch previous lectures in the Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture Series

2018-2019: Laura Chrisman VIDEO October 23, 2018 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Union Mohave Room, ASU Tempe campus.  "African Atlantics and Imperial Culture: Critical Directions Past, Present and Future"

2016-2017: Teresa Mangum VIDEO April 18, 2017 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Union Pima Auditorium, ASU Tempe campus. "When the Lion Lies Down with the Lamb—The Art of Interspecies Attachment"

2015-2016: Alexander Regier VIDEO April 28, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Blake, Hamann, and the Polyglot Moravians: Unexpected Connections in 1750s London"

2014-2015: Pamela K. Gilbert VIDEO April 14, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "'A Mild Erection of the Head': The Meaning of the Blush in Nineteenth-Century Britain

2013-2014: Richard C. Sha VIDEO April 9, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Romantic Science and Romantic Imagination"

2012-2013: Regenia Gagnier  VIDEO April 11, 2013 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Union La Paz Room, ASU Tempe campus. "World Literatures and What It Means to Be Human in the Niche of Nature, Culture, Technology"

2011-2012: Mary Poovey VIDEO April 12, 2012 @ 6 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Risk, Uncertainty, and Data: Managing Risk in Early Twentieth-Century America"

2010-2011: John Kucich VIDEO April 28, 2011 @ 6 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "The Unfinished Historicist Project: In Praise of Suspicion"

2009-2010: No lecture

2008-2009: Anne Mellor VIDEO April 22, 2009 @ 5 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MU 202) ASU Tempe campus. "Mothering Monsters: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

2007-2008: Catherine Gallagher September 27, 2007 @ 6 p.m., University Club (UCLUB), ASU Tempe campus. "Jane Austen and the British Slave Trade: An Imaginary Conversation from Mansfield Park"

2006-2007: No lecture

2005-2006: Jerome McGann VIDEO March 28, 2006 @ 7 p.m., University Club (UCLUB), ASU Tempe campus. "Information Technology and the Troubled Humanities"

2004-2005: Steven Mailloux October 26, 2004 @ 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union Gold Room (MU 203), ASU Tempe campus. "Thinking with Rhetorical Figures: Racial and Disciplinary Identities in Late Nineteenth-Century America"

2003-2004: Lennard J. Davis VIDEO November 13, 2003 @ 4:40 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Race, Disability, and the New Genomics"

2002-2003: Patrick Brantlinger VIDEO October 24, 2002 @ 7:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Cannibals and Missionaries"

2001-2002: Wlad Godzich October 24, 2001 @ 7 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Fletcherlecture2001"

2000-2001: Mary Louise Pratt VIDEO  February 21, 2001. "Modernity and Globality or What Brought the Virgin of Zapopan to Los Angeles?"

1999-2000: Louise Rosenblatt October 27, 1999 @ 7 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus.

About Ian Flecher

Ian Fletcher

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.

—Dan Bivona
Associate Professor, Department of English