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CFP: “Sentiment and Sensation,” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (Austin, TX), Sept. 2012

In Conferences on September 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Call for Papers
Sentiment and Sensation in Victorian Periodicals
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference

September 14-15, 2012

University of Texas at Austin

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) will hold its annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin, September 14-15, 2012. While papers addressing any aspect of Victorian periodicals will be considered, RSVP particularly welcomes proposals for papers 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.

Suggested themes include but are not limited to:

• The serialization of sensation fiction
• Sentimental or sensational illustration
• Major scandals, legal cases, crimes, or controversies
• Affect, cognition, and readerly sensations
• Sentimental poetry or fiction in periodicals
• The rhetoric of sentiment/sentimentality
• Sport or theatrical sensations
• Gender and periodical genres
• Entrepreneurialism and fame
• Sensational formatting and headlines
• The feeling of print or the materiality of periodicals
• Physiology and psychology in the press

Please e-mail two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or panels of three to rs4vp.2012@gmail.com.  Please include a one-page C.V. with relevant publications, teaching, and/or coursework. The deadline for submission of proposals is Feb. 1, 2012. Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.

The program will also include a plenary speech named in honor of Michael Wolff, a presentation by the winner of the 2012 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize, and workshops devoted to digital resources and to methods of teaching periodicals.

RSVP will announce travel grants for a few graduate students presenting papers closer to the time of registration. Graduate students interested in applying for travel grants should include a cover letter explaining how their conference proposal fits into their long-term research plans as well as any other special considerations. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2012.

For information about local arrangements, check the RSVP conference website, http://rsvp2012.org, or contact Conference Chair Kathryn Ledbetter, KLedbetter@txstate.edu.

CFP: “Landmarks,” British Women Writers Conference (Boulder, CO), June 2012

In Conferences on September 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

CFP: The 20th Anniversary British Women Writers Conference (BWWC)


June 7-10, 2012
Boulder, CO

In 2012, the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) will commemorate its 20th anniversary by focusing on the theme of “Landmarks.”  Rich in both physical and metaphorical significance, landmarks form loci by which we organize history and chart the development of individuals, nations, and cultures. We therefore invite papers that explore how women writers and their texts engage with an ever-changing geography that is both material and abstract. These conference papers should address the people, places, events, and texts that have made their marks on history, and/or the processes and implications of marking, mapping, reading, preserving, overwriting, or erasing. Likewise, we wish to investigate land as space and place, acts and effects of landing or arriving, marks of land upon people and cultures, geographical and imaginative landscapes, liminal no-(wo)man’s-lands, and the state of being landed (or not) with property.

Please send a 500-word abstract to bwwc2012@colorado.edu by January 15, 2012. Panel proposals are also welcome and are due by December 15, 2011. Papers should address the conference theme and apply it to 18th-century, Romantic, or Victorian texts. See the conference website for more details:  www.bwwc2012.com.

Possible topics include:

- Landmark Events and Ideas: Historical moments; defining milestones; turning points; crises or victories; anniversaries; stages; experiments; memories or visions; aesthetic debates; scientific discoveries; technologies
- Landmark Works: Publication and reception; authorship or readership; emerging genres; histories or chronicles; canon formation; travel writing
- Geographical Land Marks: Historical or tourist sites; borders and national boundaries; high points and burials; property and ownership; memorials, monuments, museums; ruins and traces
- Making Marks: Print culture; media; diaries and personal writings; glosses, annotations, and marginalia; building, development, or enclosure; landscaping and gardening; architecture; fashion and costume design; cosmetics and tattoos; creating space and place; epitaphs, cemeteries, tombs
- Reading, Interpreting, or Imagining Lands/Marks: Physiognomy or phrenology; psychics; reading practices; sciences of navigation; distance and time; fictional worlds
- Mapping/Preserving Marks: Maps and cartography; emblems; classification systems; libraries, museums, collections
- Marks of Land on People: Farming and agriculture; gentility and nobility; industry; food and foodways; defining the local, national, imperial, native, or foreign
- Contested Marks and Marks of Difference: Stealing/transplanting landmarks; marks of faith or creed; religious practices; the supernatural; commerce, currency, credit; ownership; identity politics or marginalization

“John Thelwall: Critical Reassessments” (new RC Praxis volume)

In Articles on September 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Also newly available from Romantic Circles Praxis:

John Thelwall: Critical Reassessments
A Romantic Circles Praxis Volume
Edited by Yasmin Solomonescu

New Romantic Praxis volume, “Romantic Frictions,” now available

In Articles on September 14, 2011 at 9:25 am

Romantic Frictions
A Romantic Circles Praxis Volume
Edited by Theresa M. Kelley


Table of Contents

RaVoN Issue 56

In Articles on September 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Issue 56 of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net contains the following essays:

  • Julie Murray, “At the Surface of Romantic Interiority: Joanna Baillie’s Orra” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Laurie Langbauer, “Marjory Fleming and Child Authors: The Total Depravity of Inanimate Things” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Eric Lindstrom, “What Wordsworth Planted” [HTML] [Abstract][Table of Contents]
  • Jennifer Sarha, “‘The Sultan’s self shan’t carry me’: Negotiations of harem fantasies in Byron’s Don Juan” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Heidi Scott, “Apocalypse Narrative, Chaotic System: Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne and Modern Ecology” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Céline Sabiron, “Crossing and Transgressing Borders in The Heart of Midlothian” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • David Buchanan, “Scott Squashed: Chapbook Versions of The Heart of Mid-Lothian” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Heidi J. Snow, “William Wordsworth’s Definition of Poverty” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Julianne Buchsbaum, “Abjection and the Melancholic Imagination: Towards a Poststructuralist Psychoanalytic Reading of Blake’s The Book of Urizen” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Allison Dushane, “Mere Matter:” Causality, Subjectivity and Aesthetic Form in Erasmus Darwin [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Maureen N. McLane, “British Romanticism Unbound: Reading William St Clair’s The Reading Nation : A Review Essay” [HTML] [References]

The issue also contains reviews of books by David Fairer; Michael O’Neill; Noel Jackson; Anne-Lise François; Penny Fielding; Peter W. Graham; James H. Donelan; Mike Goode; Richard Bronk; Rachel Teukolsky; Jason Rudy; Elizabeth Carolyn Miller; Nicholas Frankel; Sandra Hagen and Juliette Wells; Sara Malton; Nancy Henry and Cannon Schmidt; Susan David Bernstein and Elsie B. Michie; Jenny Holt; Matthew Rubery; Kathryn Ledbetter; Cheryl A. Wilson; Gwen Hyman; Sue Thomas; Stefanie Markovits; John Plotz; and David Lloyd.

Studies in Romanticism 50.1 (Spring 2011) Available

In Articles on September 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

Here are the articles and reviews from the latest issue of Studies in Romanticism (50.1, Spring 2011).

1. “My Soul in Agony”: Irrationality and Christianity in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Author: Stokes, Christopher

p. 3-28

2. “Striking Passages”: Memory and the Romantic Imprint
Author: Miller, Ashley

p. 29-53

3. Wordsworth’s Epitaphic Poetics and the Print Market
Author: Hess, Scott

p. 55-78

4. Keeping Nature at Bay: John Clare’s Poetry of Wonder
Author: McAlpine, Erica

p. 79-104

5. Night in Novalis, Schelling, and Hegel
Author: Gwee, Li Sui

p. 105-124

6. Keeping Time with the Mail-Coach: Anachronism and De Quincey’s “The English Mail-Coach”
Author: Maa, Gerald

p. 125-143

7. Emotions in Translation: Helen Maria Williams and “Beauties Peculiar to the English Language”
Author: Joy, Louise

p. 145-171

8. William Blake and the Hunt Circle
Author: Ripley, Wayne C

p. 173-193

9. Andrew Franta, Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public
Author: Eckert, Lindsey

p. 195-198

10. Devoney Looser, Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850
Author: Staves, Susan

p. 198-202

11. Ian Dennis, Lord Byron and the History of Desire
Author: Franklin, Caroline

p. 202-205

12. Denise Gigante, Life: Organic Form and Romanticism
Author: Goslee, Nancy Moore

p. 205-213

13. Andrew Piper, Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age
Author: Stauffer, Andrew M

Accepting Applications: Gale Dissertation Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media

In Fellowships on September 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the third annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year’s passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Purpose: The purpose of the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship is two-fold: (1) to support historical and literary research that deepens our understanding of the 19th-century British press in all its rich variety, and (2) to encourage the scholarly use of collections of full-text digital facsimiles of these primary sources in aid of that research.

Eligibility: Eligible for this award is any currently enrolled postgraduate student, in any academic discipline, who by the end of 2011 will have embarked on a doctoral dissertation or thesis that centrally involves investigation into one or more aspects of the British magazine and newspaper press of the 19th century. Preference will be given to projects that are interdisciplinary in approach, and that propose to use innovative methods of exploration that are uniquely possible with online collections. The digitized collections used in this research may include those created by any publishers or projects, whether commercial or non-commercial.

Applications: Applicants should send a c.v. and the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her dissertation project; it is expected that one of these will be the student’s dissertation director. The project description (approx. 500-800 words) should concisely explain the aims of the proposed research and the key importance of the role of full-text digitized collections in that research. Applications for the Gale Fellowship for dissertation research to be undertaken in 2011 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to galefellowship@rs4vp.org by October 15, 2011. Any queries about the application may be sent to the same address.

Applicants will be notified in January. The successful applicant will be expected to submit a brief report to RSVP at the conclusion of the funded portion of the project, describing the results  of the research.

For more information and news about the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, please visit its webpage at www.rs4vp.org

CFP: “Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit,” NCSA Conference (Asheville, NC; 2012)

In Conferences on September 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Call for Papers

Spiritual Matters/Matters of the Spirit



Asheville, North Carolina March 22-24, 2012

From Romanticism’s spiritual resurgence to the interrogations of Darwinism and science, the nineteenth century was immersed in conversation about the place of spirituality and religion in society, politics, and the arts. Paper and panel proposals are welcome on all aspects of belief, religion, and spirituality in the long nineteenth century, from 1789 to 1914.

Papers might address: retreats, communes, and utopias; visionaries and prophets; spiritual awakenings; esprit de corps and group spirit; revivals and reforms; religious doctrines and dogmas; proselytes, converts, and newcomers; spiritualism and the Feminist Movement; cults, cabals, and conspiracies; free spirits, lunatics, and addicts; revered commodities and capital; spiritual growth and enlightenment; perspectives on religious belief; acts of faith and interfaith; Theosophy and mysticism; shamans, mediums, and psychics; non-European spiritual traditions; representations of emotions and the unconscious; altered states; secular spirituality; spirituality of agnostics and atheists; aesthetic spirituality; theology and spirituality; ethnicity and spirituality; fears and phobias of spirituality and religion; spiritual conflicts and combats; sacred texts, pictures, music and shrines; spiritual tours and monuments; sacrilegious and blasphemous acts; matters of atonement and redemption; reactions against spirituality or religion. Other interpretations of the conference theme are welcome.

Please e-mail abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers that provide the author’s name and paper title in the heading, as well as a one-page c.v., to Phylis Floyd AND Michael Duffy by September 30, 2011. Presenters will be notified in November, 2011.

Phylis Floyd, Program Co-Chair
Michigan State University

Michael Duffy, Program Co-Chair
East Carolina University

Issue 7.2 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies Now Available: “Women Write the Natural World”

In Articles on September 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Issue 7.2 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is now available at

This special issue entitled Women Write the Natural World was guest edited by  Lizzie Harris McCormick and Cecile Kandl.

It includes the following:


  • Paula Alexandra Guimarães, “’Over my boundless waste of soul’: Echoes of the Natural World, or a Feminine Naturphilosophie, in the Poetry of Emily Brontë and Mathilde Blind”
  • Eadaoin Agnew, “‘An Old Vagabond’: Science and Secuality in Marianne North’s Representations of India”
  • Richard Somerset, “Arabella Buckley and the Feminization of Evolution as a Communication Strategy”
  • Stephanie Eggermont, “The Scientific Design of Sarah Grand’s Short Story Collection Our Manifold Nature (1894)”


  • Jesse Oak Taylor, “Urban Nature or Urbanature? Those Ecocentric Romantics.” Review of Ashton Nichols’s Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting.
  • Barbara T. Gates, “Landscapes as Womanscapes.” Review of Judith W. Page and Elise L. Smith’s Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England’s Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870.
  • Kate Thomas, “Mediated Experience.” Review of Rachel Ablow’s The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature.
  • Beth Newman, “What We Think About When We Think About Other People.” Review of Adela Pinch’s Thinking About Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing.
  • Ellen Rosenman, “The Limits of Sympathy.” Review of Carolyn Betensky’s Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel.
  • Kari J. Winter, “Revisiting Slave Narratives and Master Plots.” Review of Julia Sun-Joo Lee’s The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel.

CFP: “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ (Santa Cruz; pre-Dickens Universe, July 2012)

In Conferences on September 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

In celebration of the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth, the Dickens Project invites paper proposals for a conference on

“Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012,”

with keynote speakers Rosemarie Bodenheimer (author of The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans and Knowing Dickens) and Robert L. Patten (author of Charles Dickens and His Publishers and George Cruikshank’s Life, Times, and Art.) The conference will be held at the University of California, Santa Cruz, beginning on the evening of Friday, July 27 and concluding at lunch-time on Sunday, July 29; papers will be allocated to “threads” to facilitate developing conversations of specific themes and topics.

The conference will also include three book panels devoted to recent critical studies of Dickens: Jonathan Grossman’s Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public
Transportation and the Novel (forthcoming from Oxford UP); Sarah Winter’s The Pleasures of Memory: Learning to Read with Charles Dickens (Fordham UP, 2011); and Holly Furneaux’s Queer Dickens: Erotics, Families, Masculinities (Oxford UP, 2009).

Submit 1-2 page abstracts and a short c.v. to John O. Jordan (dpj@ucsc.edu) by November 15, 2011.

Papers and panel proposals relevant to Dickens, Life Writing, and Victorian Authorship are welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biographies (of Dickens, his circle, other Victorians)
  • Victorian Biographies and Responses to Them
  • Family Memoirs and the Problem of Objectivity
  • The Idea of the Author in Contemporary Critical Discourse
  • Archives and Life Writing
  • Victorian Autobiography
  • Portraits of the Author (photographs, paintings, caricature)
  • Letters (editions, annotations, interpretations)
  • Biographical Criticism (limits, possibilities, new approaches)
  • Victorian Afterlives
  • Signature
  • Celebrity
  • Relics (material traces of the author)
  • Houses (museums, homes, national heritage)

Participants in “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ 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 Project, 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 Bleak House begins on July 29 and concludes on the evening of Friday, August 4. Academic participants in “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ 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 also have the opportunity to make a twenty-minute presentation about their current scholarly project in the Nineteenth-Century Seminar, a week-longresearch colloquium for scholars not affiliated with the Dickens Project.

Please consider the following options:

1. Attend “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ as a speaker or participant.
2. Attend the Dickens Universe as a participant, with the option of joining the Nineteenth-Century Seminar. For further information about the Universe or the Nineteenth-Century Seminar, please direct your questions to Joanna Rottke (dpj@ucsc.edu).
3. Attend the Universe as part of a working group (titles and names of conveners to be announced at a later date). 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 or to propose a group of your own, please contact John Jordan.

The Dickens Universe is offering three affordable packages, all of which include registration and room and board.

  • $450. “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ only. Arrive Friday afternoon between 2-4, depart Sunday at lunch.
  •  $925. “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ and Working Groups. Arrive Friday afternoon, depart Thursday am.
  •  $1100. “Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012″ and the Dickens Universe (including the Nineteenth-Century Seminar). Arrive Friday afternoon, depart Sat. am, Aug. 4.

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 over 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-five 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 and Portsmouth 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://dickens.ucsc.edu/ for more information.


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