Thursday, July 30, 2009

CFP: The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities

The Past’s Digital Presence:
Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities

A Graduate Student Symposium at Yale University
February 19th and 20th, 2010

How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research with pre-digital sources in the humanities? If the “medium is the message,” then how does the message change when primary sources are translated into digital media? What kinds of new research opportunities do databases unlock and what do they make obsolete? What is the future of the rare book and manuscript library and its use? What biases are inherent in the widespread use of digitized material? How can we correct for them? Amidst numerous benefits in accessibility, cost, and convenience, what concerns have been overlooked? We invite graduate students to submit paper proposals for an interdisciplinary symposium that will address how databases and other digital technologies are making an impact on our research in the humanities. The graduate student panels will be moderated by a Yale faculty member or library curator with a panel respondent. The two-day conference will take place February 19th and 20th, 2010, at Yale University.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

Colloquium Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Goldsby, Associate Professor, University of Chicago

Potential paper topics include:

  • The Future of the History of the Book
  • Public Humanities
  • Determining Irrelevance in the Archive
  • Defining the Key-Word
  • The Material Object in Archival Research
  • Local Knowledge, Global Access
  • Digital Afterlives
  • Foucault, Derrida, and the Archive
  • Database Access Across the Profession
  • Mapping and Map-Based Platforms
  • Interactive Research

Please email a one-page proposal along with a C.V. to Deadline for submissions is September 10th, 2009. Accepted panelists will be notified by October 1st, 2009. We ask that all graduate-student panelists pre-circulate their paper among their panels by January 20th, 2010.

Please contact Molly Farrell and Heather Klemann at with any additional inquiries. For more information about conference events, please visit our forthcoming website: (October).

CFP: Victorian Newsletter


The Victorian Newsletter invites submissions for a special number celebrating the bicentenaries of both Tennyson and Darwin.

Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome on the lives, work, and impact of these figures on Victorian literature and culture. One-page proposals (electronic) due August 1, with final papers due September 15. For information or submission, contact or

Monday, July 27, 2009

CFP: Fanny Trollope


Women's Writing announces a special issue on Fanny Trollope:

Still largely overshadowed by her more widely read and reprinted son Anthony, Frances (or Fanny, as she preferred to be called) Trollope is now almost exclusively remembered for her travel writing and especially for the notoriously controversial Domestic Manners of the Americans. Her impressively prolific career as a writer, however, not only covered and transgressed numerous narrative trends. It also spanned from the early 1830s into the mid-fifties, which also prompts us to reconsider conventional lines of demarcation between periods as well as genres. A contemporary of Jane Austen, Trollope started writing at a time when fashionable silver-fork fiction was being self-reflexively reassessed and, throughout her extensive oeuvre, continued to combine diverse narrative forms while capitalising on the rapidly evolving subgenres of the time. Recent interest specifically in her social-problems novels has brought at least some of her so far lesser known works back into print, while research into women's contributions to periodicals has newly unearthed parallels between her seemingly very different works. A thorough reassessment of her position in nineteenth-century literary culture, however, promises to highlight her own versatility and the diversity of as well as important intersections between
literary developments.

This special issue aims to provide a forum for an encompassing reconsideration of some of her still rarely discussed novels and their significance for Trollope's position at the literary marketplace of her time and in the canon of Victorian popular fiction.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
Trollope as a "fashionable" writer
* Trollope in the marketplace: opportunist writing for money or
innovator in various genres?
* Self-reflexivity and self-irony in Trollope's fiction
* Trollope's representation of religion
* Trollope's representation of travel and emigration
* Trollope's representation of the domestic, the family, &c.
* Trollope's anti-heroines
* Trollope's reputation, then and now
* Trollope and intertextual influence
* Comparative readings of Trollope's works
* Trollope and Transatlantic Studies; Trollope and Europe

Please submit papers for consideration between 4000-7000 words to Tamara S. Wagner at, by 31/1/2010. (NOTE: This is a corrected date.)

Contributors should follow the journal's house style details of which are to be found on the Women's Writing web site This is the new MLA. Please note that instead of footnotes, we use
endnotes with NO bibliography. All bibliographical information is included in the endnotes. For example, we require place of publication, publisher and date of publication in brackets after a book is cited for the first time.

Please also include an abstract, a brief biographical blurb (100 words maximum), and a key of 6 words suitable for indexing and abstracting services.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fellowship on Dickens's Global Circulation

(from Professor Regenia Gagnier)

NEW Research Fellow in British Academy supported pilot project on the global circulation of the novels of Charles Dickens (Fixed Term) (Ref. N2243)
The starting salary will be circa £24,000 pro ration Grade E
Closing date: 5:00pm on 17 August 2009.

Associate Research Fellow in the Global Circulation of Literature and Culture
(Fixed term) (Ref. N2243)

This new full time fixed term Associate Research Fellowship post is available from 1 October 2009 until 19th July 2010 to support a pilot funded by a British Academy Research Development Award for the Global Circulation of Literature and Culture Project.

The Global Circulation Project directed by Professor Regenia Gagnier and supported by Wiley-Blackwell's Literature Compass ( and NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship, is a global map and e-dialogue on how key Anglophone works, authors, genres, and literary movements have been received, imitated/mimicked, adapted, or syncretised outside Britain, Europe, and North America, or, conversely, how key works from outside these areas have been received, imitated/mimicked, adapted, or syncretised within Anglophone literary traditions. It asks, what forms of intertextuality, reception, etc. are generated through cultural contact?

In the pilot project on the global circulation of the novels of Charles Dickens, we are asking:

* How has Dickens been received, imitated/mimicked, adapted, or syncretised outside Britain, Europe and North America?
* What forms of intertextuality have been generated with indigenous cultural forms?
* What is the role of Dickens's Britain in the imaginary of other cultures?

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or comparable research experience and publications in the global circulation of literature and culture and/or Victorian Britain and cultural contact. Bi- or multi-literacy is desirable, especially bi-literacy in Chinese-English or Arabic-English literatures. Research skills in print and digital archives are essential. Depending on linguistic expertise and the results of archival research, the ARF will select one or two geographical/linguistic areas or time periods after 1830 on which to focus and will publish at least one article on his or her specialism. He or she will also have the opportunity to teach one or two undergraduate modules in a related area. Some travel may be required, e.g., to the Ada B. Nisbet archive at the Dickens Project, UC Santa Cruz, California.

The starting salary will be circa £24,000 pro rata on Grade E.

Application packs are available from and<>

completed applications should be forwarded to Ms Jenny Hickman, SALL Research Administrator, Room 250, School of Arts, Literatures and Languages, Queen's Building, The Queen's Drive, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QH or email to

The closing date for completed applications is 5:00 pm on 17th August 2009 and interviews will be held the week commencing 30 August 2009.

New issue of RaVON: Materiality and Memory, edited by Kate Flint

The editors are pleased to announce the publication of the most recent issue of RaVoN (Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net), a special issue on "Materiality and Memory" edited by Kate Flint:

The issue includes the following essays, all on Victorian topics:

Clare Pettitt (King's College, London): 'Peggotty's Work-Box: Victorian Souvenirs and Material Memory'

Kara Marler-Kennedy (Rice University): 'Immortelles: Literary, Botanical, and National Memories'

Kate Flint (Rutgers University): 'Photographic Memory'

Athena Vrettos (Case Western Reserve University): '"Little bags of remembrance": du Maurier's Peter Ibbetson and Victorian Theories of Ancestral Memory'

Megan Ward (Lawrence University): 'William Morris's Conditional Moment'

Catherine Robson (University of California, Davis): 'Memorization and Memorialization: "The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna"'

Adelene Buckland (Newnham College, Cambridge): ''Pictures in the Fire': the Dickensian Hearth and the Concept of History'

Jonathan Farina (Seton Hall University): 'Middlemarch and "that Sort of Thing"'

In addition, the issue includes a number of reviews that will be of interest to members of NAVSA: Joseph W. Childers on Sally Ledger's Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination; Priti Joshi on Christopher Herbert's War of No Pity: The Indian Mutiny and Victorian Trauma; Rachel Ablow on Nicholas Dames' The Physiology of the Novel; Bryan Rasmussen on Anna Maria Jones' Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensational Self; Patrick Brantlinger on Francis O'Gorman's Victorian Literature and Finance; Jim Hansen on Adrian S. Wisnicki's Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel; Timothy Carens on Deborah Epstein Nord's Gypsies and the British Imagination; Susan Zlotnick on Rebecca Stern's Home Economics: Domestic Fraud in Victorian England; John Plotz on Julia Prewitt Brown's The Bourgeois Interior: How the Middle Class Imagines Itself in Literature and Film; and Dennis Denisoff on recent editions of Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joseph Conrad.

Anyone interested in submitting essays for peer review by and possible publication in RaVoN can find more information here:

Dino Franco Felluga
Victorian Editor, RaVoN

Lauren M. E. Goodlad
Victorian Review Editor

Michael Eberle-Sinatra
Romantic and Founding Editor

CFP: Relocating Victorian Settler Narratives: Emigrants, Exiles, Returnees in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

(via the VICTORIA list . . . )

We invite proposals for essays on Victorian settler narratives. How were new settlements, forms of emigration, and various cultural and especially literary exchanges represented in narratives produced and circulated on both sides of the Atlantic as well as across the Pacific? How did transatlantic or transpacific representation reshape the literary or visual imagination in Victorian Britain? How was the settler, the emigrant, the exile, or the sojourner differently conceptualised in the course of the long nineteenth century?

The proposed collection seeks to explore anew a global nineteenth century by combining a comparative study of texts (visual as well as literary) with close readings that address issues of intertextual interchanges, genre formation, and a new mapping of literary history that looks beyond the confines of national boundaries.

Suggested topics may include:
- Settling in the colonies
- Settler and other colonies
- “English colonies” in Europe
- “the English” in nineteenth-century American literature or art
- Australasia in British literature or art
- The “lost” colony in the Americas
- The transatlantic and the transpacific
- Cautionary tales of emigration
- Repatriation
- Portable domesticity
- Self-exiles
- Expatriate communities in the nineteenth century
- Missionary settlements
- Military settlements
- Intertextual interchanges

Please send abstracts of 500 words, accompanied by a brief bio, to

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August 2009.