Sunday, December 26, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Call for Submissions: The 2011 Trollope Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2011 Trollope Prize, sponsored by the English Department and the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.
The Trollope Prize will be awarded to the best undergraduate and graduate essays in English on the works of Anthony Trollope. Essays are invited on the topic of "Trollope and His World." Submissions may include essays focusing exclusively on the works of Anthony Trollope; comparative essays on Trollope and other writers; essays examining Trollope's work and career in the larger context of Victorian history, culture and society; historical or literary essays on topics central to Trollope's work and illuminated by his work; or essays on the reception of Trollope's work or on his larger cultural influence.
Beginning in 2011, two prizes will be awarded: one to an essay written by an undergraduate student and one to an essay written by a graduate student. The writers of the winning undergraduate essay will receive a $1,000 award and a hardcover copy of a Trollope novel. The winning undergraduate student's faculty adviser will also receive a $500 award to help support the continued development of curriculum focusing on Trollope's works. The graduate winner will receive a $2,000 award and a hardcover copy of a Trollope novel.
All essays must be received by June 1, 2011. Winners will be announced in August 2011.
Please visit the new website at trollopeprize.ku.edu for more information about the prize, including submission criteria and guidelines.
Thank you,Lauren Harmsen Kiehna, on behalf of the Trollope Prize Committee at the University of Kansas
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
DEADLINE reminder: "Victorian Futures at the Dickens Universe"
University of California, Santa Cruz
July 29-31, 2011
The Dickens Project invites paper proposals for a conference on Victorian Futures, with keynote speakers Jay Clayton (author of Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: The Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture) and Andrew Elfenbein (author of Romanticism and the Rise of English). The conference will be held at the University of California, Santa Cruz, beginning on the evening of Friday, July 29 and concluding at lunch-time on Sunday, July 31; papers will be allocated to "threads" to facilitate developing conversations of specific themes and topics. Submit 1-2 page abstracts and a short c.v. to Rebecca Stern (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 15, 2010.
Papers and panel proposals relevant to the theme of Victorian Futures are welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Progress and its Discontents
- Prediction, Probability, Risk, Speculation, Gambling
- Visions and the Visionary
- Romantic Futures, Victorian Presents
- Science Fiction (the "futuristic")
- Futures that Never Happened (counterfactuals; counterfictions; narratological explorations of tenses future and conditional; the optative)
- The Birth of the Author (as historical fact, as biographical challenge, as a critical category)
- Heavens and Hells
- Victorian Pasts and Presents (and, of course, Futures)
- Victorian Afterlives
- Futures for Victorian Studies
Participants in Victorian Futures are cordially invited to spend all or part of the week following the conference in the redwoods of central California at the annual gathering of the Dickens Universe, an international research group devoted to the study of the novels of Charles Dickens and Victorian literature and culture.
The Dickens Universe's study of Great Expectations begins on July 31 and concludes on the evening of Friday, August 5. Confirmed speakers for the week include Andrew Miller, Jonathan Grossman, Kathleen Frederickson, Teresa Mangum, Claire Jarvis, Helena Michie, Joe Childers, and David Kurnick.
Academic participants in Victorian Futures who wish to stay on for the Universe will have the opportunity to sign up for one of three established Working Groups, which will meet Monday through Wednesday (see below). They may also convene their own Working Group or participate in the Dickens Universe's Nineteenth-Century Seminar. Scholars may thus use the week as an opportunity for extended discussion and scholarly exchange, either with established collaborators or with new acquaintances. Academic participants in the Universe will experience its wide range of scholarly and convivial events; they will also have the opportunity to make a twenty-minute presentation about their current scholarly project in the Nineteenth-Century Seminar, which meets four times during the week.
Please consider the following options:
(i) Attend Victorian Futures as a speaker or participant.
(ii) Attend the Universe as a participant, with the option of joining the Nineteenth-Century Seminar. For further information about the Universe, please direct your questions to John Jordan (email@example.com); write to Catherine Robson (Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about the Nineteenth-Century Seminar.
(iii) Attend the Universe as part of a working group. Established groups include Victorian Economics, coordinated by Nancy Henry (email@example.com); Victorian Poetry, coordinated by Tricia Lootens (firstname.lastname@example.org); and Nineteenth-Century Sciences, coordinated by Rebecca Stern (email@example.com). You may also convene your own group and/or use the lovely Santa Cruz campus as a venue for meeting with established collaborators. For more information about a particular group, please contact the organizer. For more information about working groups in general, please contact Rebecca Stern.
About the Dickens Project: The Dickens Project hosts a conference at the end of each July on the beautiful wooded campus of UC Santa Cruz above Monterey Bay; this event, the "Dickens Universe," traditionally brings together around 200 people to conduct an intensive study of a single Dickens novel.
Of these individuals, roughly half are members of the general public, and half are faculty and students, post-graduate and undergraduate. Thirty two universities are currently members of the Dickens Project Consortium, each sending Victorianist faculty and students to the Universe every year: members include Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, Indiana, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, and NYU in the United States; Exeter, Birkbeck, and Royal Holloway in Great Britain; plus universities in Israel and Australia. The Dickens Project has earned a reputation as a leading research collective for both Dickens and Victorian studies, and, through its development of a range of events for post-graduates (including an annual winter conference for the delivery of their early academic papers), has established itself as a prominent supporter of the careers of junior Victorianists.
Go to http://www2.ucsc.edu/dickens/ for more information.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
The editors are seeking proposals for essays to complete a collection of critical essays currently in progress on transport in British fiction 1840-1940. Because of a recent decision to expand the chronological range covered by the volume we are now seeking proposals on:
• Dickens and transport
• Transport in 1840s and/or 1850s fiction, especially trains
• Transport in 1930s fiction
The collection aims to assess transport’s position in literary consciousness during a century of rapid social, cultural, and vehicular change. Essays should focus centrally on the use of transport or forms of transportation in novels, novellas, or short stories during this period and might consider, for example:
• the narrative role of transport
• the contextual or historical picture of transport presented in fiction
• the representation of specific transport vehicles
• transport within the context of an author’s approach to new technologies
• transport and gender
• transport and class
• transport and sexualities
Other approaches to transport in British fiction during this period will also be considered. Proposals are welcomed on single authors or on topics which range across writers, subgenres, or periods of British fiction.
We envisage that completed essays will be 5,600 words long and due in May 2011.
Please email 500-word proposals and a 150-200-word biography by 15 January to BOTH editors: Adrienne Gavin (Adrienne.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andrew Humphries (Andrew.email@example.com).
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
16th ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the VICTORIAN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES (VISAWUS)
"The Vulgar and the Proper: Victorian Manners and Mores"
October 13-15, 2011
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Helena Michie, English, Rice University, author, The Flesh Made Word: Female Figures and Women's Bodies; Sororophobia: Differences among Women in Literature and Culture; Victorian Honeymoons: Journeys to the Conjugal; co-author, Confinements: Fertility and Infertility in Contemporary Culture, and co- editor, 19th-Century Geographies: The Transformation of Space from the Victorian Age to the American Century. PLENARY SPEAKER: Lynn Voskuil, English, University of Houston, author, Acting Naturally: Victorian Theatricality and Authenticity, and essays in Victorian Studies, Feminist Studies, and ELH. Her current project is entitled "Horticulture and Imperialism: The Garden Spaces of the British Empire."
The 16th annual conference focuses on Victorian obsessions with vulgarity and propriety. We invite proposals on manners and mores in politics, culture, society, religion, art, science, economics, rural life, and other Victorian matters of decorum and propriety and what Victorians deemed vulgar, crude or crass. We encourage papers across all disciplines, including (but not restricted to) art history, literature, gender, history of science, history, material culture, political science, performance, life writings, journalism, photography, popular culture, and economics.
By March 15, 2011 email 300-word abstract and 1-page CV (name on BOTH) to: Laurel.Williamson@sjcd.edu.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
Banff, Alberta April 29-30, 2011
Keynote speaker: Pamela Gilbert, Albert Brick Professor of English, University of Florida
Dr. Gilbert has published widely in the areas of Victorian literature, cultural studies and the history of medicine. Her first book, Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997, followed by Mapping the Victorian Social Body (SUNY Press, 2004) and The Citizen’s Body (Ohio State University Press, 2007), and Cholera and Nation (SUNY Press, 2008).
This international conference will bring together specialists in Victorian art history, history, gender studies, science, and literature to contemplate the theme of disease in Victorian England and its colonies. Papers will address medical and social histories of disease, literary and artistic representations of disease, and disease as metaphor in Victorian culture.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Victorian plagues: cholera, TB, venereal disease, influenza, smallpox
- histories and narratives of disease
- identity and pathology
- disease and the body
- disease as metaphor, languages of disease, contagion, illness
- disease and colonization, disease and globalization
- art as disease, mass culture as disease
- the spread of commercialism
- visual and literary representations of disease and illness
- sewers, filth, miasma
- slums, prostitution
- health and hygiene
- representations of illness
- mental illness
- imperial anxiety and disease
The conference will take place in Banff, Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The town of Banff is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Banff National Park, which offers excellent opportunities for both hiking and downhill skiing in late April. Banff is approximately one hour from Calgary and is easily accessible by car or air (regular and reasonably priced shuttles are available from Calgary International Airport).
Photo by Flickr user currybet / Creative Commons licensed
Friday, April 30, 2010
Saturday 11th September 2010
A one-day conference at Keele University
Plenary Speakers: Howard J. Booth (Manchester) and Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck)
Interest in John Addington Symonds has revived in recent years due to the 1984 publication of his Memoirs (edited by Phyllis Grosskurth), a unique and important record of Victorian homosexuality. He has since become an important figure for historians of sexuality and queer criticism. Despite this resurgence, Symonds has remained a marginalised figure; his participation across multiple academic and creative disciplines is largely excluded from the canon of nineteenth century cultural criticism. This has prompted John Pemble to write: ‘[Symonds’s contemporary readership] kept his reputation alive and most of his books in print until the 1930s; but his prestige faded as they aged and died off.’
Interest in Symonds has grown and diversified during the 2000s. This one-day conference will provide a forum within which to assimilate and evaluate this new and emerging work; it will offer a wide ranging re-assessment of Symonds, exploring his contribution to multiple disciplines and his significance for current fields of academic study.
Papers might address (but are not limited to):
• Symonds and art/art history
• Symonds and Hellenism
• Symonds as ‘man of letters’; literary critic; historian; poet; essayist; translator
• Symonds and nineteenth-century science; sexology; evolution
• Symonds and life writing
• Symonds and travel writing
• Symonds in collaboration
• Symonds and his contemporaries
• Symonds and his critics/advocates
• Symonds and publication; textuality; book history
• Symonds’s reception, reputation and ‘afterlife’
• Symonds and gender/sexuality
Abstracts for 15 to 20 minute papers (c. 250 words) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 June 2010.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to the conference organisers: David Amigoni (email@example.com) and Amber K. Regis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This conference is generously supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies.
UPDATE: There's now a conference website: http://sites.google.com/site/johnaddingtonsymonds/
(Image of Symonds is from the Wikimedia Commons.)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
British Library, London, 16 & 17 April 2012
When William Stead died on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in April 1912, he was the most famous Englishman on board. He was one of the inventors of the modern tabloid. His advocacy of ‘government by journalism’ helped launch military campaigns. His exposé of child prostitution raised the age of consent to sixteen, yet his investigative journalism got him thrown in jail. A mass of contradictions and a crucial figure in the history of the British press, Stead was a towering presence in the cultural life of late Victorian and Edwardian society.
This conference marks the centenary of his death. We aim to recover Stead’s extraordinary influence on modern English culture and to mark a major moment in the history of journalism. In 2012 the British Library will open its state of the art newspaper reading rooms. In Stead’s spirit we will also investigate our own revolution in newspapers and print journalism in the age of digital news.
With Stead as a focal point, we will use aspects of his career to develop multiple avenues into the history of his time and ours. This is not a narrowly focused specialist conference, but one that aims to adopt wide cultural perspectives.
This is a call for expressions of interest. Please send proposals for papers (500 words) or any other suggestions for the conference to email@example.com by the end of July 2010. A full call for proposals will follow in 2011. Further details are here: https://sites.google.com/site/stead2012/
We welcome proposals on the following, in respect of Stead and/or related topics:
- Stead’s ‘New Journalism’. The Pall Mall Gazette, Review of Reviews and other journals were crucial in the emergence of the modern day broadsheet and tabloid press. Stead provides the opportunity to re-assess some of the key phases in the influence and structures of the press in modern Britain.
- Stead and technology. Stead was one of the best recorders of the second industrial revolution of the late Victorian period, when telegraphs, gramophones, microphones, telephones, Kodak cameras, wireless telegraphy, horseless carriages, typewriters and new printing technologies transformed everyday life.
- Stead and the New Imperialism. Stead’s support for English colonies was part of his advocacy for a white commonwealth that would be united through journalism and new communication technologies. We welcome papers on specific elements of Stead’s imperialism, from the support for General Gordon, his opposition to the South African War, to his friendship with Cecil Rhodes.
- Stead and the Titanic. Rumours about Stead’s manly self-sacrifice and Christian acceptance of death in the last hours of the boat were still being repeated as late as the film A Night to Remember (1958). How was Stead’s death reported? What was his cultural significance in 1912? We also particularly welcome papers on any aspect of the Titanic, especially on the role of newspapers in securing the mythic place the sinking has in our culture.
- Stead and the occult. Stead tended to report Spiritualism favourably, as part of the non-conformist world of religion. He became active in the movement in the 1880s and tried to foster support for the Society for Psychical Research. He ran the journal Borderland from 1893-7, which reported on ghosts, psychical experiments, hypnotic rapports, astral doubles and messages from the dead.
- Stead and religion. We aim to trace his early non-conformity, conversion to secular Evangelicism, and his advocacy of a National Church through investigative annuals, such as If Christ Came to Chicago. We also hope to examine his alliance to William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, whom he helped compose In Darkest England and the Way Out in 1890.
- Stead and women’s rights. Stead employed women journalists and writers and championed their role in public life. Typically conflicted, this support derived in part from a Christian sense of women’s benign influence on public purity (so that he was disturbed by the overtly sexual New Woman literature of the 1890s). Stead is an exemplary figure to explore the anxieties and contradictions of the gender and sexual liberations of the late 19C.
- Stead’s ‘invention’ of the tabloid moral campaign. Through his famous campaigns (‘The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon’, the relief of General Gordon, British re-armament) Stead interceded into contemporary political and social debates and pioneered this major journalistic genre.
- Stead and politics. Stead’s political radicalism put him at the centre of events in the 1880s, including the ‘Bloody Sunday’ riots of 1887 and the Match Girl Strike in 1889. He was also a notable campaigner for world peace, speaking at international gatherings in the United States and Russia.
- Stead and the industry of print. As journalist, editor, publisher, proprietor, with a career that includes regional as well as metropolitan dailies, various monthly magazines, annuals, and a stream of serialised works in part issue, including his ‘Penny Poets’, Stead is a rich node for new research.
- Stead’s non-conformist, Northern origins. Stead’s career, which includes the editorship of the daily Northern Echo in Darlington for eight years in the 1870s offers an opportunity to investigate the provincial press in the late 19C and today.
- The continuing newspaper revolution. 2012 is the date when the British Library Newspaper Library moves from Colindale to new, state of the art reading rooms. What will the new digital archive mean for historical research? And what will be the future of print journalism?
Professor Laurel Brake (Birkbeck College)
Ed King (British Library): Head of Newspaper Collections.
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College)
Dr James Mussell (University of Birmingham)
For more information, contact Jim Mussell
Stressing English: The Globalization of Victorian Meters
A special issue of Victorian Poetry (Winter 2011) edited by Max Cavitch, University of Pennsylvania
Thanks to some superb recent conferences and publications in Britain and the U.S., the study of the proliferation of old and new metrical forms in 19th-century poetry in English has shown itself to be anything but ahistorical formalism--not least by emphasizing the historicity of meter's mediation of voices and conditioning of ears. And we can see and hear more clearly now that the metrical history of English poetry is, among other things, an intersectional history of English-speaking nations and regions. Indeed, the last few years have brought major advances in the dialectical framing of the transatlantic "traffic in poems" between Britain and the U.S. Yet the Anglo-American binary continues to predominate, and the more broadly transnational, transformational circulation of 19th-century poetry in English remains largely to be charted. For this special issue of Victorian Poetry, we invite articles that extend this work throughout the Atlantic world and beyond: for example, to the Caribbean and North Africa; to South Asia and Australasia; to Canada and Hawaii; to sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. We would welcome submissions on the dispersal of Victorian meters into British provinces from Wales to Bengal; on poetry and the global rise of English; on "world literature" and the global constitution of the sounds of English poetry; on ethnographies of rhythm; on poetic meter and the rhythms of labor and migration; on the metrical dimension of translating poetry from and into English; on the poetry of pidgins and creoles; on the dissemination of English hymnody and other verse forms; on the racialization and deracination of rhythms; on comparativism and the institutionalization of the study of poetry; on prosody and colonialism; on pedagogical uses of meter; on metrical notation, transcription, and recording; on performance, syncretism, and acculturation.
Initial proposals and inquiries, which are welcome but not required, may be sent to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Article submissions of five to seven thousand words, prepared in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., will be due November 1, 2010, and should also be sent to email@example.com.
Revisiting the Canon: famous museum artworks in the hands and eyes of writers and artists in the nineteenth century
Stephen Wildman, Lancaster University, UK &
Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, Université Toulouse 3, France
In his introduction to Le musée Imaginaire, André Malraux notes that every museum goer knows that even the greatest museums such as the Louvre, the Tate Gallery or the Prado cannot encompass every work of art in the world. However, the very selection they offer calls up a myriad of other art works that are just as worthy of admiration. In a similar way, one can suggest that the artist (whether he/she be a painter, sculptor, writer or poet) who pays a tribute to a famous (and recognizable) piece of art translates his/her reception of the piece of art into another object that is either clearly identifiable - in a classical ekphrastic gesture - or bears a more subtle relation to the original piece of art so that it becomes other. In the margins of the museum canon or as a reaction to it, the transaction from word to image or from image to word thus allows modern artists to write a history of their own that, in the expression found on the Ulster Museum webpage, 'unravels the past to reveal the future'. This session will explore the word-image relation in cases where famous European artworks found themselves as a subject for new creation from the mid-nineteenth century onward.Full details of the conference can be found at: http://www.adbe.ulster.ac.uk/dwi
All submissions welcome.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Speakers include Isobel Armstrong, David Peters Corbett, Jill Galvan, Tom Gunning, Dana Luciano, and Pamela Thurschwell.
The symposium is organized by Haverford’s 2008-10 Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Rachel Oberter.
Haverford College is located in a suburb of Philadelphia, accessible by SEPTA Regional Rail and Amtrak.
This symposium is free and open to the public; registration is not required.
For a full schedule, speaker bios, and directions, see the symposium website: http://www.haverford.edu/hauntedmodernities.
For more information, please contact
John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center
370 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 19041