Monday, April 30, 2012

Final Call: Donald Gray Prize (5/7/2012)

NAVSA is now seeking nominations for the Donald Gray Prize for best essay published in the field of Victorian Studies. The prize carries with it an award of $1000 and will be awarded to essays that appeared in print or online in journals from the previous calendar year. Essays may be on any topic related to the study of Victorian Britain. Note that the actual date of appearance trumps the date given on the issue itself since it's common for journals to lag behind official issue dates. (The prize is limited to journal essays; those published in essay collections are not eligible.) The winner will also receive complementary registration at the NAVSA conference at which his or her award will be announced. Anyone, regardless of NAVSA membership status, is free to nominate an essay that appeared in print between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011. Nominations will also be solicited from the Advisory Board of NAVSA and the prize committee judges; self-nominated essays are equally welcome. Authors may be from any country and of any institutional standing.

To nominate an essay, please submit by Monday, 7 May 2012 (that's a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline): (1) a brief cover sheet with complete address and email information for both the essay's nominator and its author, and (2) four hard copies of the essay to the Executive Secretary of NAVSA at the following address:

Meegan Kennedy
English Department
631 University Way
P.O. Box 3061580
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580

Questions may be directed to:

For more details, go here:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Robert Browning Commemorative Evensong (5/13/2012)

Robert Browning Commemorative Evensong

As 2012 is the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Browning as well as Dickens, the London Browning Society will be holding a Commemorative Evensong at St Marylebone Church on Sunday 13 May from 5pm. The event will include a lecture by Professor Margaret Reynolds (QMUL), a new musical setting of Barrett Browning’s “How do I love thee?”, and a wine reception afterwards.

The event is free and open to all. If you would like to attend, please email Simon Avery, Acting Secretary, Browning Society, at

CFP: special issue on Translation Theory in Practice (5/1/2012)

Romantic Circles Pedagogies
Special Issue: Translation Theory in Practice: Teaching Romantic Translation(s)

Romantic Circles Pedagogies invites submissions for a special volume on translation theory in the classroom. We would be very interested in submissions addressing texts from the Victorian Period!
Possible topics include:

  • methods for incorporating single or multiple texts in translation into courses on literature and culture in the Romantic era and/or other historical periods;
  • arguments for the inclusion of specific translated texts in literature courses as pedagogically (or otherwise) advantageous;
  • the role of Romantic translation theory (e.g., Tytler, Staël, Goethe, Novalis, Schleiermacher) in courses on Romanticism and/or literary theory;
  • the role of contemporary translation theory (e.g., Derrida, Venuti, Robinson, Spivak, Apter) in courses on Romanticism or Romantic literary theory;
  • methods for incorporating translation theory into contemporary or historical literary theory courses.

Texts in translation are now finding their way into Romantic (and other historically and nationally specific) literature courses, yet until recently, translations were rarely deemed acceptable for inclusion in such reading lists. Romanticists now recognize the significant ways that disavowing the inclusion of translations in course syllabi has skewed our perceptions of the period’s literary public sphere. Romantic-era readers were enthusiastic about texts originally written in French, German, Arabic, and Sanskrit: why wouldn’t our own students be?

But how should we, as teachers of literature, approach translated texts? Recent conferences of the MLA and ACLA have been organized around the central issue of translation in literary studies, while Emily Wittman, in a recent issue of College English, suggested that English departments should consider mandatory undergraduate courses in translation studies in their curricula. Since most departments have yet to incorporate such a course, how can we, as instructors of literature, responsibly and effectively bring translations into our undergraduate and graduate courses?

What sorts of questions should we ask our students to bear in mind while reading in translation? What are the roles of translators in literary history in general and/or during the Romantic period in particular? How do translations complicate our understanding of authorship? How do connections between translation and gender, translation and class, and translation and race help to create productive and stimulating classroom discussions? How do more recent planetary conceptions of literary history foreground the significance of translators and translations? How do translations and translation theory alter as we teach them (teaching in/as translation)? Can translation theory enhance discussions of related phenomena such as literary adaptation and inter-media aesthetics? How can technological innovations in our own time (google translate and other forms of machine translation) assist and/or undermine the way we approach foreign texts in literary history?

And perhaps most significantly for a special volume on translation in the Romantic-literature classroom: what works in translation, what doesn’t, and why?

Articles should be in English, with translations provided of texts from other languages. Hyperlinks to texts in other languages are encouraged.  Please send a 500-word abstract and brief vita to C.C. Wharram ( by May 1, 2012. The deadline for articles from accepted abstracts will be October 2012. Articles should be between 3000-5000 words. All articles will be peer-reviewed.

Please direct all inquiries to C.C. Wharram, Associate Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University (

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dickens Tours at Highgate Cemetery

£10 for adults and £8 for students
Pay in cash on the day, but book in advance on 020 8340 1834

Highgate Cemetery, a Grade I-listed Victorian cemetery in North London, has just started running special Dickens Tours in honour of the bicentenary. The tours take place every Saturday at 16.30 and last about an hour and a quarter, taking in all of the cemetery's Dickens graves (parents, siblings, wife and daughter) as well as a number of other famous Victorians who played important parts in Dickens's life. It takes in areas of the cemetery not visited on regular tours and aims to provide a picture of Dickens, his connections to Highgate, and the history of the cemetery itself. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for students, paying (in cash) on the day, but spaces should be booked in advance by calling the cemetery on 020 8340 1834.

At the moment tours are running on a trial basis subject to public demand so it would be great to have some enthusiastic Victorianists along! You should be able to book any Saturday throughout the summer but certainly through April, May and perhaps June. More info can be found on the cemetery website,, or contact Jessica Hindes (PhD student in English, Royal Holloway, University of London)

CFP: Book History @ PAMLA 2012 (4/30/2012; 10/19-21/2012)

Newly added to the Pacific MLA Conference this October 19-21, 2012 at Seattle University, with an extended deadline of April 30th:

 Material Readings, Material Readers

This session invites papers on a wide range of topics related to books produced or read in Britain or America in the 16th-19th centuries.  Papers that broadly relate to this year’s PAMLA theme of “Migration, Immigration, and Movement” are especially welcome.  Talks might address any number of topics, including (though not limited to): reading conventions/prescriptions/protocols; transmission of ideas within a reading community; circulation of books; book production as it relates to interpretation; authors employing meta-textual awareness of text-as-material-book; etc.

The Pacific MLA’s convention will be held October 19-21, 2012 at Seattle University in Washington. Please submit 300 word proposals and contact information by April 30th to Jen Mylander, San Francisco State University, at


Reminder: OScholars Conan Doyle Special (5/30/2012)

Articles of between 1500 and 2500 words are sought for a special issue of the OScholars to be edited by Karen Devlin. Submissions will be accepted by Karen Devlin on the basis of an abstract of c.250 words and will then be double-blind peer reviewed. Subjects may include but are not limited to:

  • Conan Doyle and Scotland
  • Conan Doyle and Ireland
  • Conan Doyle and his contemporaries
  • The literary legacy of Conan Doyle
  • The influence of Maupassant on Conan Doyle
  • The 'Sherlockian' or 'Holmesian' phenomenon
  • London as metonym in the work of Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot
  • Conan Doyle as mediaevalist
  • Conan Doyle and masculinity
  • Conan Doyle's depiction of women
  • Conan Doyle and imperialism
  • Pastiche parodies and plagiarism

Contributors are encouraged to look beyond the Holmes canon. Abstracts should be sent to Karen Devlin at to arrive not later than 30th May 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Birkbeck Forum for C19 Studies Programme for Summer Term 2012

Birkbeck Forum for C19 Studies
Programme for Summer Term 2012

Our programme for the summer term includes Robert Bud (24 May) and Garrett Stewart and Matthew Rubery (7 June). In addition to our own programme of events, Birkbeck’s fifth annual Arts Week takes place 14–18 May. There are a number of events with a nineteenth-century focus, including Helen Cowie (14 May) on travelling menageries in nineteenth-century Britain, a reading of Virginia Woolf’s play Freshwater (15 May), Holly Furneaux (16 May) on the figure of the gentle soldier in the Crimean War, and a panel discussion on Victorian Sentimentality featuring Nicola Bown, Vicky Mills and Alison Smith (17 May). Further details can be found at

Email <> to join our mailing list, and follow us on Twitter @BirkbeckC19.

We look forward to seeing you at a Forum event soon!

Final Call: VanArsdel Essay Prize (5/1/2012)

Final Call: VanArsdel Essay Prize
Deadline: May 1

Graduate students are invited to submit essays for the 2012 VanArsdel Prize for the best graduate student essay on, about, or extensively using Victorian periodicals. The winner will receive $300 and publication in Victorian Periodicals Review. Submissions should be 15-25 pages, excluding notes and bibliography. Manuscripts should not have appeared in print. Send e-mail submissions to by May 1, 2012. Submissions should be formatted as Word files in Chicago style with identifying information removed. In an accompanying e-mail, applicants should include a description of their current status in graduate school.

Monday, April 16, 2012

CFP: 2012 M/MLA: Permanent Section: English Literature 1800-1900 (6/1/2012; 11/8-11/2012)

The English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks papers for the 2012 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, November 8-11, 2012. Cincinnati, Ohio.

In keeping with the informal theme of “debt” for the M/MLA 2012 convention, the English II: English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks to present discussions of works and writers that deal in some fashion with that nineteenth-century juggernaut, debt.

Possible themes include indebtedness and influence, borrowers and lenders, bonds and contracts, economics of lack, states of debt, oaths and promises, gift-giving, cultures of expenditure, occupy literature, trans-cultural capital, deferring, symbolic economics, ecological materialism, rethinking civic missions/practices, forgiveness, gratitude, literature of demand, emotional obligation, debts of affect, and student loans.

Papers on any form or genre of British literature between 1800 and 1900 are welcome. Proposals of 200 to 400 words should be sent by June 1st to Nancee Reeves, Purdue University, Selected presenters will be informed by June 15th, 2012 and must register for the conference by July 1, 2012.

Workshop on Teaching English Studies Through Blended Learning (with Victorian Plenary) (5/8/2012)

Teaching English Studies Through Blended Learning
School of English, University of Leeds, 

Tuesday 8 May 2012, 10am-4.30pm

This HEA-funded workshop aims to enhance the use of blended learning in English Studies by enabling good practice to be shared and by providing a forum to discuss how it can improve the student experience. Although virtual learning environments and new teaching technologies are ubiquitous in UK universities, they are often underused by academics and students. Sometimes technology is seen as a distraction from the real business of learning and teaching. The workshop will address how the learning opportunities created by technology can be successfully blended with more traditional forms of interaction in the context of English Studies as a discipline.

The event will feature a plenary talk from Dr Rosie Miles (National Teaching Fellow and former E-Learning Consultant for the English Subject Centre), presentations from academics using blended learning, and discussions of the variety and value of blended learning. An important aspect of the day will be the afternoon workshop in which attendees will be encouraged to share and discuss their ideas about how they might incorporate blended learning into their own teaching, and to get guidance from others about how to put those ideas into practice.

Registration is free (including lunch and refreshments). Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register, please email the workshop administrator, Alberto Gomez (, with your full name, institution, details of where you heard about the event, and information about any dietary or other requirements. A small number of slots are available for ten-minute presentations on particular examples of blended learning. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please email the workshop organiser, Dr David Higgins (

9.45-10.25   Registration.

10.30-11.15   Plenary: Dr Rosie Miles (Wolverhampton), “@likeabatoutofhell @ClosetCase @MsDisillusion @TheBlooferLady: Tweeting the Victorians -- New Adventures in #OnlineEnglishTeaching”.

11.15-11.45   Discussion: What is the value of blended learning? (20 mins groups;10 mins plenary).

11.45-12.00   Coffee.

12.00-13.00   Presentations #1.
Dr Fiona Douglas (Leeds), “Developing Engaging Study Skills Resources for English Studies: An Impossible Task?”
Dr Alison Johnson, Alberto Gomez, and David Wright (all Leeds), “Learning to Research Forensic Linguistics: Student and Tutor Perspectives”.

13.00-14.00   Lunch.

14.00-15.00   Workshop: Putting Ideas into Practice (40 mins groups; 20 mins plenary).

15.00-15.15   Coffee.

15.15-16.15   Presentations #2.

Dr Paul Maddern (Leeds), “The Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive: Metadata, Context, and Application”.

Dr Greg Garrard (Bath Spa), Title tbc.

16.15-16.30   Closing Remarks.

Reminder: Gaskell Journal Interdisciplinary Essay Prize (4/30/2012)

Joan Leach Memorial Interdisciplinary Essay Prize 2012

The essay competition is open to all graduate students currently registered for an MA or PhD in Victorian Studies. Preference will be shown to essays with a clear interdisciplinary focus, i.e. those that consider Elizabeth Gaskell within contemporary Victorian cultural, aesthetic and scientific debates, or else, through recent critical theory. Essays that treat Gaskell's work in more traditional ways, but which nonetheless demonstrate a compelling style and focus, are also very much welcomed.

The winning essay will be published in the 2012 edition of the Gaskell Journal and its author will receive £200 from the Gaskell Society, as well as a year’s free subscription to the journal.

Essays should be no longer than 7,000 words and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The closing date for the essay prize is April 30, 2012.

Essays will be judged by members of the Gaskell Journal Editorial Board, with the final decision being made by the International Editor, Prof. Jill L. Matus.

Please see the Gaskell Journal website for further submission details.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Call for Bloggers: Journal of Victorian Culture Online: Bloggers' Fair (4-5/2012)

At the Journal of Victorian Culture online, we’ve decided to showcase blogs written by Victorianists on any area of nineteenth-century studies. If you are a blogger, you can contribute by sending a short description of your blog and yourself to Lucie at throughout April and May. You can also send images (as jpegs) as well as a hyperlink to your blog. We would also like you to think of key terms or tags that we could use to link your blog with others. We plan to showcase one blog a day throughout May on our website which will be announced on Twitter and Facebook. If you have a Twitter account please let us know your username and then we can link you into the thread. If you have any questions, please contact Lucie on the email address above.

Journal of Victorian Culture Online

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 CUNY Victorian Conference: Victorianopolis (5/4/2012)

Please come to "Victorianopolis," the 2012 CUNY Victorian Conference! It's on the theme of Victorian cities this year, with an all-star lineup, including Deborah Nord, Julian Wolfreys, Nancy Rose Marshall, Michelle Allen-Emerson, Matthew Beaumont, William Cohen, David Pike, and keynote speaker Judith Walkowitz.

It's free and open to the public. We'll be in the Segal Theater at the Graduate Center (34th and 5th Ave, NY) on Friday May 4 from 9 to 6. Here's the website:

Monday, April 09, 2012

Reminder: Victorians Institute 2012 "Victorian Mixed Media" (5/1/2012; 10/19-21/2012)

The Victorians Institute, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization founded in 1972, invites proposals for papers for the 2012 meeting, to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in downtown Richmond, October 19-21.

Deadline for proposals is May 1.

Please go to for the call for papers, and for information about the Institute and the scholarly annual Victorians Institute Journal.

Summer 2012 Seminar on the Brontës

If you have undergraduate or graduate students who will be in the Williamsburg-Richmond-Norfolk area this summer, they might want to take advantage of a senior/graduate seminar on the Brontës that I am teaching at William and Mary from the day after Memorial Day for five weeks, M-R, except for the first week, which is T-F because of Memorial Day.  I can accommodate a few more students.

Deborah Denenholz Morse
Professor, English
Murphy Faculty Fellow, 2009-2011
Chair, RPT, Fall 2011

William and Mary Summer Courses:

Friday, April 06, 2012

NVSA 2012 "Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies" (4/13-15/2012)

If any of you will be in New York City or its environs next weekend, do think about attending the annual conference of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association ( The theme is “Victorian Clichés and Orthodoxies,” and the conference will be held at Columbia University, April 13-15, 2012. The keynote panel will feature Nicholas Dames (Columbia U), Yopie Prins (U of Michigan), and James A. Secord (U of Cambridge). For the conference program and additional details, visit

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Registration Open: Politics, Performance and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain (4/19-20/2012)

Registration is open for the April symposium on "Politics, Performance and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain" which is part of the AHRC-funded research project, "The cultural politics of English pantomime, 1837-1901" We're meeting in the Arts Building, University of Birmingham, from 2pm Thursday 19 April, to 6pm, Friday 20th April.

You can find the schedule and information about speakers at:

Speakers include:
  • Mike Sanders (Manchester): on Platforms, Correspondences and Theatrical Metaphor.
  • Jim Davis (Warwick): Victorian pantomime and the Politics of Gender Variance
  • Jane Pritchard (Victoria and Albert Museum): on Ballet, class and identity
  • Jill Sullivan (Independent): on The Irish question in regional pantomime
  • Marcus Morris (Lancaster): on Labour leaders, political rhetoric and performativity
  • Richard Gaunt (Nottingham): on Peel as actor-dramatist (parliament itself as theatrical institution)
  • Caroline Radcliffe (Birmingham): on Theatrical hierarchy and Cultural capital: East and West London
  • Anselm Heinrich (Glasgow): on Gladstone, national theatre and contested didactics of theatre.
  • Janice Norwood (Hertfordshire): on East End Socialism, performance techniques in protest/marches
  • Peter Yeandle (Lancaster): on Christian Socialism and performing arts: politics, theology and theatricality

Registration details and online registration can be found here:

Directions to Birmingham (Edgbaston Campus):

Recommended Local Accommodation:

CFP: Dickens Day 2012 (5/31/2012; 10/13/2012)

Dickens Day 2012
Dickens and Popular Culture
Saturday 13th October 2012, Senate House, London
Keynote speaker: Professor Juliet John

Dickens Day, now in its 26th year, is celebrating 2012 with a theme that explores Dickens’s popularity and his engagement with non-elite cultures from his own time to the present. On the evidence of bicentenary Dickens fervour, the author is as popular now as he has ever been. This year has been punctuated by Dickens serials on TV, heartfelt tributes from popular writers, mass-selling biography, collective reading projects, Dickens hip-hop performances, and a global read-a-thon. How can we account for this continuing engagement, across different genres and various cultural contexts? What is it that allows Dickens’s work its particular “portability” (to use Juliet John’s term)? And what are the political and personal investments in forms of Dickensian popularity? How does this relate to Dickens’s own aspirations, and to the forms in which his work first appeared? These are some of the questions that the day seeks to address.

We warmly invite proposals for 20-minute papers from Dickensians of all backgrounds and career stages. There will be a panel featuring research inspired by that of the late Sally Ledger, whose book Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination is an important foundation for our thinking about this event. Please indicate on your proposal if you would like to be considered for this panel.

Our plan (in line with the momentous scale of this year) is to consider Dickens’s role in popular culture from his own age to ours. The day will be divided in two, with morning sessions looking at Dickens ‘Then’ (i.e. – the nineteenth century) and the afternoon at ‘Now’.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • Popular entertainment and culture, fairs, circuses, street performers, Astley’s, ‘The Amusements of the People’, Hard Times;
  • Theatre, film, television, adaptations in all media;
  • Neo-Dickensiana, re-tellings and re-imaginings, Drood completions;
  • Public Readings (by Dickens and others), Penny reading groups;
  • The Press, journalism, editing, reporting;
  • Charitable activities, Urania Cottage, Hospital for Sick Children, Working Men’s Institutes;
  • Christmas;
  • Schools and education;
  • Literary festivals, Dickens tourism, museums, homes, walking tours, the ‘Dickens World’ theme park;
  • Global impact, the reception of Dickens abroad, Dickens in non-Western and colonial and postcolonial cultures and contexts;
  • Celebratory exhibitions and events;
  • Advertising; technological developments;
  • Rap, hip-hop, dance, performance art: non-literary mediations of Dickens’s work;
  • Bicentennial representations and interpretations of Dickens, his life and his work.

Please send proposals (maximum 500 words) to Bethan Carney, Holly Furneaux and Ben Winyard at jcarn02[at]mail[dot]bbk[dot]ac[dot]uk,hf35[at]le[dot]ac[dot]uk and benwinyard[at]hotmail[dot]com. The deadline for paper proposals is 31 May 2012.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Bart’s Hospital Pathology Museum Spring Seminar Series (4/18-6/27/2012)

Bart’s Hospital Pathology Museum Spring Seminar Series 2012
Weekly Event - Every Wednesday: 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom

These seminars may be of interest to readers living in and around London. For more information see or follow the museum on Twitter @bartspathology

Seminar 1: 18th April
Prof. Iwan Rhys Morus (Aberystwyth University) ‘Science and the Senses’
Dr. Claire Brock (University of Leicester) 'Risk, Responsibility, and the Female Surgeon, 1890-1910'

Seminar 2: 25th April
Dr. Tatiana Kontou (Oxford Brookes University) 'Florence Marryat and Maternal Impressions: from the spiritualistic to the literary'
Dr. Shane McCorristine (University of Leicester) 'The Ethereal Woman in Victorian Arctic Exploration'

Seminar 3: 2nd May
Dr. Martin Willis (University of Glamorgan) ‘Catalepsy, Case Notes and George Eliot’
Kirsty Chilton (Old Operating Theatre) ‘Bart’s, Bellingham and the Body Snatchers’

Seminar 4: 9th May
Dr. Anna Maerker (Kings College London) ‘Models vs Specimens: Debating the utility of artificial anatomies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’
Dr. Katherine Watson (Oxford Brookes University) ‘‘In my opinion it was a child at full time’: Infanticide in English and Welsh Medico-Legal Practice, 1730-1914’

Seminar 5: 16th May
Karen Howell (Old Opertaing Theatre) ‘Curating the Old Operating Theatre’
Dr. Alan Bates (University College London) 'London's Lost Anatomy Museums'

Seminar 6: 30th May
Dr. Karl Harrison (Cranfield University) ‘Case Studies in Forensic Archaeology’
Prof. Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College) ‘The Mummy Unwrapp’d!’

Seminar 7: 13th June - The Centre for the History of Emotions (Queen Mary, University of London)
Dr. Tiffany Watt-Smith ‘Turning aside and looking askance: body parts and the choreography of spectatorship’
Jen Wallis ‘Disturbing images ... not to be produced: Visualising Pathology in the Nineteenth-Century Asylum’

A Special Event on 27th June:
Alastair Duncan (The Sherlock Holmes Society) ‘A Study in Barts: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and England's Great Hospital’, see to book your place.

Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

The Pathology Museum
3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre (outpatients entrance)
(Bart’s Hospital site)
West Smithfield,
London EC1M 6BQ
t: 020 7882 8766 or 2216

Underground: St. Paul’s station on the Central line, Barbican Station on Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines are all within a short walking distance. Follow signs for St.Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Bus: Routes 25 and 8 stop by St Paul’s. Route 56 stops outside Bart’s Hospital.

Car: NCP car park in West Smithfield charges £2 per hour all day. On-street metered parking available. Bart’s Hospital lies within the congestion charge zone.

Overground: First Capital Connect services to Hertford North and Welwyn Garden City from nearby Moorgate.