Saturday, July 28, 2012

Reminder: Victorian Literature and Culture special issue, "Victorian India" (10/15/2012)

Victorian Literature and Culture invites papers for a special issue devoted to Victorian India to be published in 2013. What was “Victorian India”?  Papers may treat any aspect of Victorian India, its Victorian culture and Anglophone Indian writing.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Collecting India: the development of private and museum collections devoted to Indian materials in Britain or on the subcontinent.
  • Creating geography: cultural, historical, economic and other forms of “mapping” India in the nineteenth century.
  •  Foreign exchange: Indian commodities in Britain; British commodities in India.
  • The linguistic atlas: the teaching and learning of languages, classical and vernacular, in India and the teaching and learning of Indian languages in Britain.
  • Constructing canons: what literary texts written in nineteenth-century India have entered the canon of British literature?
  • What’s missing? How do the politics of reception shape the contours of the canons of anglophone and translated texts?
  • Material texts: technologies, economies and practices of publishing materials relating to India.
  • Visual vocabularies: representing the subcontinent in visual media.
  • Reproducing, displaying, and circulating visual images of India.
  • Genre and empire: how do different genres—poems, novels, stories, music hall performance, theatre—create Victorian India for British and/or Indian audiences.
  • World music: the impact of Indian arts on British culture in the nineteenth-century and vice versa.
  • Translation: literal and figurative dimensions of translating Indian languages in the long nineteenth century; translations from English into Indian languages in the period.
  • Making history: British historiographies of India; Indian historiographies and histories in the nineteenth century.
  • Transperipheral relations: among various colonies, “internal” and external; India-Britain-North America connections, etc.
Send inquiries to Mary Ellis Gibson,  Completed papers should be formatted according to MLA style and submitted electronically in Word format to, no later than October 15, 2012.  A hard copy is not required but would be appreciated for submissions originating in the U.S.  Submit two paper copies along with electronic text to Mary Ellis Gibson, Elizabeth Rosenthal Professor of English, Department of English, 3143 MHRA, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC 27412.

All papers will be reviewed by the special topics editor, as appropriate by members of the editorial board, and by the editors of Victorian Literature and Culture, Adrienne Munich and John Maynard.  For further information about the journal see

Friday, July 27, 2012

Opening: Professorial Appointments at the University of Glasgow (10/15/2012)

The University of Glasgow is looking to make some senior appointments at the Professorial level, and would welcome applications from Victorianists.

The College of Arts ( is seeking to make a small number of appointments of senior scholars with a sustained track-record of world-leading published research and research income who will work within one of the Schools in the College in any of the following areas: English Language, English Literature and Scottish Literature (School of Critical Studies); Cultural Policy, History of Art, Theatre Film & TV (School of Culture and Creative Arts); Celtic and Gaelic, History (School of Humanities/Sgoil nan Daonnachdan). The College of Arts was second in the UK in AHRC grant capture in 2011 and hosts international and world-leading research across some 40 areas of intellectual enquiry.

Closing Date: 15 October 2012

You can find more details at the link below:

Volunteer Opening: Peer Reviewer in Victorian Studies for Resources for College Libraries

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Choice magazine and R.R. Bowker, is currently seeking academic faculty and librarians with specific subject expertise in Victorian Studies to participate in our peer review process. Available online at, RCL provides a list of core titles that are essential for the undergraduate curriculum and academic libraries.

Referees will be responsible for comprehensively evaluating the RCL subject's bibliographic content, along with its taxonomic organization. All referee work is scheduled for completion by September 1, 2012 and can be completed online and at your leisure. Referees will receive access to the RCL database during July and August to complete the review.

Please consider submitting your name to participate in this one-time professional service opportunity. Preference will be given to those with experience in teaching and/or collection development in the subject area. To volunteer as a reviewer, send an email to Anne Doherty (Project Editor, Resources for College Libraries CHOICE/ACRL) at with your contact information, CV/resume, and a brief description of your qualifications, particularly any experience maintaining or assessing core collections in the subject area.

RCL is a subscription database that identifies 75,000+ titles across 61 subjects that are essential for research and instruction at the undergraduate level. For more information, visit:

CFP: On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890 (10/12/2012; 12/8/2012)

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Bangor-Aberystwyth, the British Shakespeare Association and the School of English, Bangor University, are pleased to announce

On Page and Stage: Shakespeare, 1590-1890
8th December 2012 – a one-day conference at Bangor University
Conference Organisers: Stephen Colclough & Andrew Hiscock

Guest Speaker: Professor Andrew Gurr (Reading University), Shakespeare editor and author of Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London

This one-day conference focuses upon performances, interpretations and publications of Shakespeare in the pre-modern period in the UK and beyond. It is envisaged that delegates will be addressing this subject from a number of disciplinary perspectives and presentations on the following subjects would be particularly welcome:

Shakespearean Performances 1590-1890s and Performance Reportage
Shakespearean Theatre History 1590-1890
World Shakespeares 1590-1890
Critical Responses to Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. journalism, diaries, correspondence
Reading Shakespeare 1590-1890: e.g. criticism, education, annotated editions
Material Shakespeare 1590-1890: mise-en-scène and mise-en-page
Shakespeare as Political Icon 1590-1890

These and other related subjects will be considered for presentation at this conference. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to the conference organising committee at no later than Friday 12th October 2012. All abstracts should include the proposer’s name, title, mailing address, email address, institutional affiliation, student/employed status.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA Supernumerary Conference (10/4/2012; 6/3-6/2013)

The conference is a supernumerary conference for NAVSA, BAVS, and AVSA.  The dates will be June 3-6, 2013 and the deadline for proposals is October 4, just a few days after the NAVSA '12 Wisconsin conference.  NAVSA's regular conference will occur in 2013 at the Huntington, the Getty, and Pasadena from October 23-27.  You can find more information about the Venice conference at the following web site:

The deadline, once again, is October 4.  

The Venice Professionalization Workshop
This workshop is intended for graduate students and recently minted PhDs and will address such issues as grant-writing; postdoctoral fellowships; the writing of proposals; job letters and the market; the interview process and job talks; teaching portfolios; how to turn a seminar paper into a published article; the digital humanities, pros and cons; the differences among Canadian, American, British, and also Australian markets; and negotiating contracts. The workshop will occur on San Servolo every morning, May 27-31, June 3, and June 7.  A number of scholars have expressed their willingness to participate, provided they can arrange their schedule and funding, including Andrew Miller, Carolyn Williams, Alison Byerley, Barbara Leckie, Pamela Gilbert, and Kate Flint.  There will not be a firm list of visitors until the new year.

The workshop will cost US$800.  That will include the program fee, rental of the classroom, and lodging for the period May 25 to June 2, plus an additional night on June 7, so 10 extra nights in Venice.  This means that participants would have 10 extra nights in Venice for less than they could arrange any other way, thanks to the help of Venice Int'l U, so the workshop is a bonus of sorts (two and a half hours every morning, leaving the afternoons to visit Venice each day).  The only cheaper lodging option is the Venice hostel but it only allows you to stay for a maximum of 3 nights.  The next cheapest is Domus Ciliota at €70/night (the price, however, goes up in June). It's already sold out for those dates (if it were available, it would be over $1000 for 10 nights, with the June rate increase). The housing will be in in dorm rooms on San Servolo from May 25 to June 7, not counting the nights of the conference itself; the conference runs from June 3-6.  You can find information about the island here:

In most cases, there will be three students together in one room, with a bathroom in the unit.  San Servolo is just a 10-minute vaporetto ride away from Piazza San Marco, the tourist heart of Venice.  

Note that the conference will run the first-come-first-served seminar format NAVSA ran successfully at Vanderbilt last year and will be running again in Wisconsin:

This means that, even if an individual does not get accepted in response to the general call, s/he will have the ability to join the conference and have his/her paper listed in the conference program.  Hopefully, that will be enough to secure funding from home institutions.

If you are interested in this workshop, please contact Dino Franco Felluga at:

NYPL Dickens Lecture Series (10/3-12/18/2012)

Victorianists in the NY-NJ-CT area will be interested in the link below to the New York Public Library's upcoming Dickens exhibition. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a free lecture series in the South Court auditorium adjoining the gallery: 

Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m.
(also Thursday, November 29 at 1:15 p.m.; Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.)
“Dickens and the Language of Images”
Wm. Moeck
Nassau Community College (SUNY)
Dickens’s emblematic character descriptions are explored in a slideshow presentation by the exhibition curator.

Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m.
“Dickens and London”
Anne Humpherys
Lehman College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
The growth of London and the human costs of modernization are seen reflected in novels such as Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, and Bleak House.

Friday, October 12 at 1:15 p.m.
(also Friday, December 14 at 1:15 p.m.)
“Out of the Blacking Factory”
Robert Armitage
Humanities Bibliographer, General Research Division
This presentation examines various aspects of Dickens’s life, the broad range of his fiction, and its various illustrators.

Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m.
 “A Tale of Two Cities: Love, Sex, Imprisonment”
Carolyn Williams
Rutgers University
This talk considers Dickens’s fascination with prisons—and with mistress Ellen Ternan—as backgrounds for A Tale of Two Cities.

Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m.
“Dickens’s Prompt Texts”
Isaac Gewirtz, Curator
Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
From his novels Dickens created unique prompt texts with which he performed on stage to great acclaim, and which now belong to the Berg Collection.

Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m.
“The Worst Dickens Ever: Our Mutual Friend
Sean Grass                                     
Iowa State University
This presentation explains why Henry James—and those who have hated Our Mutual Friend since—have it all wrong.

Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.
“The Twists of Oliver Twist
Catherine Robson
New York University
The plot contortions of this famous novel are discussed in relation to three culturally symbolic sites.

Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
David Copperfield and Dickensian Character”
Jonathan Farina
Seton Hall University
This talk playfully catalogs Dickens's many distinct styles of characterization in his most autobiographical novel.

Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.
“Theater and the Politics of Style in Great Expectations
David Kurnick
Rutgers University
This talk considers the relations among Dickens’s singular style, his interest in popular performance, and his democratic imagination.

Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m.
“Dickens, Scrooge and Autobiography”
Gerhard Joseph
Lehman College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
A Christmas Carol is discussed as a cautionary tale showing the kind of person that Dickens—haunted by childhood misery—might have become.

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m.
“Dickens and the Criminal Mind”
Kristin Le Veness
Nassau Community College (SUNY)
Dickens’s most notorious villains are discussed in relation to his dedication to realism and social reform.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CFP: Self-Adornment in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (9/30/2012; 3/21-24/2013)

Panel: “Self-Adornment in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel”

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution:  Tufts University

From the Eustace family diamonds, to Dorothea’s emeralds, accessories and objects of personal adornment litter the pages of the nineteenth-century British novel. This session investigates objects and practices of self-adornment, including jewelry, cosmetics, accessories, and clothes to contribute to our understanding of both canonical and less well-known works of fiction. This panel might include papers which situate objects and practices of self-adornment in relation to realist description, material culture, or feminist criticism; it also invites papers which consider the special role of self-adornment within specific genres such as the sensation novel, or silver fork fiction.   Abstracts of 500 words or less should be submitted to Danielle Barkley,

Deadline:  September 30, 2012

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Symposium: "Victorian Things: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Material Culture" (9/22/2012)

Victorian Things: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Material Culture   
Oxford Brookes University, Saturday 22 September 2012

This one-day symposium will reflect on, and respond to, the current materialist turn in Victorian Studies and Thing Theory. Nineteenth-century literature is crowded with objects, but traditional methods of interpretation have directed us to focus on characters and plots. Through three thematic sessions, ‘Desirable Things’, ‘Anatomical Things’ and ‘Objects and Memory’, this symposium aims to explore the story of objects as ‘things’ with specific values and meanings in Victorian culture. This exciting day of presentations and discussion will be concluded with a plenary lecture by Professor Isobel Armstrong: ‘“The Thing-Character of the World”: four artefacts in the nineteenth-century novel and four materialisms.’               

Delegate fee (including lunch and coffee): £15
Students and unwaged (including lunch and coffee): £10

For bookings and further information contact: Dr. Tatiana Kontou, Dr. Verity Hunt, Dr. Andrew Mangham or Verity Burke:


10am-10.30am: Registration

10.30-11am: Welcome and Coffee with Tatiana Kontou, Verity Hunt and Andrew Mangham

11am-12.30: Panel 1: Desirable Things   
Erika Kvistad (University of York) 'Objects for Desire: Sex Toys in Villette'

Kara Tennant, University of Glamorgan 'Elegant Exotics: Fur, Feathers and Fashionable Femininity in Mid-Victorian Britain'

Tatiana Kontou (Oxford Brookes University) 'Paste Jewellery: Courtship in Florence Marryat's actress novels'

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-3pm: Panel 2: Anatomical Things
Katherine Inglis (University of Edinburgh) ‘No sympathy for the revenant? The resuscitated body in Scott, Dickens and Eliot’

Andrew Mangham (University of Reading) 'Collateral Objects and the Science of Suicide: Rereading The Pickwick Papers'.

Verity Burke (University of Reading ) ‘“What have beauty and grace to do with Trials, Poisonings, Horrors?” The clue and the body in Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady’

Helen Hauser (Independent Scholar) ‘Hand on my heart: The consequences of taking people apart and putting icons together’

3-3.30pm: Coffee

3.30-5pm: Panel 3: Objects and Memory
Adelene Buckland (University of East Anglia) 'James Tennant's mineral shop, 149 Strand'

Verity Hunt (University of Southampton) '"Please keep this for me": Memories and Souvenirs of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham'

 Martin Willis (University of Glamorgan) ‘A Solidified Fantasy of Things: Archaeologists and Travel Writers Memorialize Egypt’

5-6pm: Plenary Lecture
Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck College, University of London) ‘“The Thing-Character of the World”: four artefacts in the 19thC Novel and four materialisms.’

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Symposium: “Richard Marsh: Re-Reading the Fin de Siècle” (7/20/2012)

Richard Marsh: Re-Reading the Fin de Siècle
A one-day symposium at the University of Brighton, Friday 20th July 2012

Richard Marsh is best-known for his 1897 novel The Beetle, a gothic bestseller at the time more popular than Dracula. Indeed Marsh was a prolific and extremely successful writer in the 1890s and the early 20th century. Strikingly, however, his writing has until recently been mostly forgotten. With several of his novels and shorter fictions now being republished, this situation is set to change. The symposium seeks to harness renewed academic interest in Marsh towards a reappraisal of his significance for a fin de siècle culture that is often considered to offer a kind of mirror onto our own culture at the start of the 21st century. It will bring together literary and historical specialists of the period to examine Marsh's oeuvre as a whole. A central concern will be to examine how Marsh's ambivalent fiction often works against the grain of more canonical texts and therefore has the potential productively to unsettle what it is thought is known about fin de siècle culture. Understanding late-Victorian / Edwardian questions about gender and sexuality, imperialism, science and the nature of history, surely remain incomplete without negotiating the complex terrain of Richard Marsh's writing.

Further information, including the provisional programme and details of how to register, is now available here:

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Registration open: RSVP 2012 “Sentiment and Sensation in Victorian Periodicals” (9/14-15/2012)

Registration is open for the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference, “Sentiment and Sensation in Victorian Periodicals,” September 14-15, 2012, at the AT&T Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Papers will address any aspect of Victorian periodicals, particularly those on the discourse of sentiment and sensation in the newspaper and periodical press that variously promoted or targeted readerships, established journalistic networks or brands, and shaped, responded to, and/or addressed cultural and ideological concerns. For information about local arrangements and registration is available at the RSVP 2012 website, or by contacting Kathryn Ledbetter, Be sure to make your hotel reservations while conference prices are still active.

Friday, July 06, 2012

International Centre for Victorian Women Writers / Mary Braddon exhibition (7/16-22/2012)

Co-directors Professor Adrienne Gavin and Dr Carolyn Oulton are delighted to announce the official launch of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW) on the opening day of the exhibition 'Victorian Rebel: The Many Faces of Mary Braddon'.

Exhibition dates: 16th-22nd July 2012
Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University

This free exhibition, celebrating the life and work of the bestselling Victorian author Mary Braddon, features a public lecture by Visiting Research Fellow and expert on the Braddon archive, Dr Gabrielle Malcolm at 5:30 on the 16th July.

The exhibition will include letters, drawings, photographs and a rare copy of Braddon's unpublished memoir of childhood Before the Knowledge of Evil.

The Braddon Archive has recently been transferred from the Braddon family to the ICVWW.

Exhibition Opening Hours 9-5.30 M to F, 9-1pm Sat and Sun
Augustine House, Canterbury CT1 2YA, UK

Augustine House is a 5 minute walk from Canterbury East Station and next to Canterbury High Street. Please note disabled parking is available at this site and Pay and Display car parks are close to the building.

Presentation: "Old Guard/Avant-Garde: The Politics of Post-Victorian Aestheticism" (7/11/2012)

The University of Delaware Library invites you to "Old Guard/Avant-Garde: The Politics of Post-Victorian Aestheticism,” a presentation by Kristin Mahoney (2012 University of Delaware Library/ Delaware Art Museum Fellow in Pre-Raphaelite Studies). 

Kristin Mahoney is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She has published articles on the national politics of collecting Vernon Lee and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Criticism, Victorian Studies, and Victorian Periodicals Review. She is the editor of Hubert’s Arthur by Baron Corvo, published by Valancourt Books in 2009. Her current research is on late-Victorian aestheticism in the early twentieth century.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12 noon Class of 1941 Lecture Room
Morris Library
University of Delaware
181 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE

Light refreshments to be provided.
RSVP by Monday, July 9, 2012 to or to 302-831-2231.

Parking validation will be provided for the Trabant University Center Garage on Main Street, the Perkins Student Center Garage on Academy Street or in the Visitors’ Lot #41 on South College Avenue upon leaving the Morris Library.

Display: Victorian Sentimentality at the Tate

If you are in or around London, do find time to visit Tate Britain where a new 'Display' focusing on Victorian Sentimentality has been devised by Nicola Bown, Senior Lecturer in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, Victoria Mills, Research Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge and Tate Britain curator Alison Smith. Further details are here: