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The Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture Series

December 30, 2015: The speaker for the 2015-2016 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture has not yet been announced. Please check back later this spring for more information.

Watch previous lectures in the Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture Series

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.pdf

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.

Ian Fletcher as a young man. Photo courtesy Lorraine 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