Studies in Romanticism: New Web Site

The Hoarding has just become aware of a new website for the journal Studies in Romanticism, published at Boston University under the editorship of David Wagenknecht (Chuck Rzepka will reportedly be taking the helm next year). Not all of the links are working as of this posting, but in any case this is a very welcome resource:

My post of the Table of Contents from the most recent (Spring 2009) issue is also available.


Nineteenth-Century Literature September 2009 Issue

The latest issue of Nineteenth-Century Literature is now available, containing the following articles and reviews:

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Savage and Scott-ish Masculinity in The Last of the Mohicans and The Prairie: James Fenimore Cooper and the Diasporic Origins of American Identity

Juliet Shields

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 137–162.

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“Reader, perhaps you were never in Belgium?”: Negotiating British Identity in Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor and Villette

Anne Longmuir

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 163–188.

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Were Tom and Huck On-Shelf? Public Libraries, Mark Twain, and the Formation of Accessible Canons, 1869–1910

Bernadette A. Lear

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 189–224.

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Thomas Hardy and the Machine: The Mechanical Deformation of Narrative Realism in Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Zena Meadowsong

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 225–248.

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Elizabeth K. Helsinger, Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. Pp. xvi + 335. $50.

Sophia Andres

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 249–253.

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Tony Fincham, Hardy the Physician: Medical Aspects of the Wessex Tradition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Pp. xii + 266. $85.

Pamela Gossin

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 253–256.

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Patsy Stoneman, Elizabeth Gaskell. Second Edition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006. Pp. xvi + 191. $24.95 paper.
Jill L. Matus, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xxii + 211. $85 cloth; $29.99 paper.

Carolyn Lesjak

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 256–261.

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Ruth Bernard Yeazell, Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. Pp. xxii + 252. $35.

Simon Joyce

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 261–264.

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Margaret Markwick, New Men in Trollope’s Novels: Rewriting the Victorian Male. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. Pp. xii + 216. $99.95.

Monica C. Lewis

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 264–268.

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John Strachan, Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xii + 353. $90.

Rob Anderson

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 268–271.

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Ron Broglio, Technologies of the Picturesque: British Art, Poetry, and Instruments, 1750–1830. Lewisburg, Penn.: Bucknell University Press and Associated University Presses, 2008. Pp. 236. $50.

Michael Charlesworth

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 272–274.

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Debbie Lee, Romantic Liars: Obscure Women Who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Pp. xiv + 249. $69.95.

Iveta Jusova

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 274–276.

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Tim Watson, Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780–1870. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. xvi + 263. $99.

Laura Doyle

Nineteenth-Century Literature Sep 2009, Vol. 64, No. 2: 277–280.

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CFP: Re-Orienting Victorian Studies (AVSA; Singapore, June 2010)

Call for Papers (Deadline: 1 Feb 2010)

“Re-Orienting Victorian Studies”
25-27 June 2010
Keynote speaker:
Talia Schaffer (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

The next annual conference of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA) will take place on 25-27 June 2010 in Singapore, hosted by the Centre of the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) and the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University.
To mark this move to Asia, the theme of the conference held in 2010 will be “Re-Orienting the Victorians.” This “re-orientation” is intended to comprise any form of reformulation or re-conceptualisation of the field and its analysis, inviting redirections beyond geographical extensions of the long nineteenth century.

Keynote Speaker:

Talia Schaffer is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her books include Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (2006); an edition of Lucas Malet’s 1901 novel The History of Sir Richard Calmady (2004); The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (2001); and Women and British Aestheticism (1999), co-edited with Kathy A. Psomiades. She has published widely on late-Victorian noncanonical novels, women’s writing, and material culture. Her book in progress analyses the Victorian domestic handicraft as a model for mid-Victorian realism.

We invite submissions of papers covering the full range of possible meanings of a “re-orienting” of Victorian studies, including, but not limited to
–    Reconsidering “the long nineteenth century”
–    Directions and re-directions in literary culture
–    Disoriented Victorians
–    Being undirected, redirected, unsettled, resettled, or otherwise disturbed in Victorian literature
–    The orientations of the Victorian home / family
–    Literary, cultural, social, and geographical orientations, including the Victorians’ “Orient” reconsidered
–    Travel, emigration, settlement, and returns
–    new and redirected forms in Victorian literature, art, and culture
–    reworking/rewriting/

reorienting traditions in Victorian concepts of history, the arts, literature, and social practices (e.g. folklore, neo-medievalism, archaeology, &c.)
–    the orientations of Victorian realism, sensationalism, &c., including Gothic re-orientations of form
–    re-orienting the canon and the different orientations in traditional and new recovery work
–    re-orienting the Victorians and their literary legacies in neo-Victorian film and fiction
Those interested in proposing 20-minute papers or full panels (of three speakers, plus a chair) should submit 500-word abstracts and a 200-word bio by 1 February 2010 through the following website at

Full details about the conference will also be posted on the website.

Contact Details

Conference convenor:
Dr Tamara Wagner
Division of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ms Sitinur Ain Yuza
Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Tel: (65) 65148382
Fax: (65) 6795 5119
Please use the portal for submissions. Should you have any specific queries about the nature of the conference, please direct them to
Divya Athmanathan
Esther Wang
More general queries about the conference location, &c., please direct to

The Wordsworth Circle, Spring/Summer 2009 Issue

The new issue of The Wordsworth Circle (Spring/Summer 2009), edited by Marilyn Gaull at Boston University’s Editorial Institute, has just arrived. It contains the following articles:

  • “The Unromantic Lives of Others: The Lost Generation of the 1790s” by Kenneth R. Johnston
  • “‘True Impossibility’: Editing Byron” by Jane Stabler
  • “Twisty Little Passages: The Several Editions of Lady Caroline Lamb’s Glenarvon” by Paul Douglass
  • “Coleridge’s Captain Derkheim,” by Morton D. Paley
  • The Revolt of Islam: Vegetarian Shelley and the Narrative of Mental Pathology by Frederick Burwick
  • “‘Some Unknown Man, Unheard of:” Wordsworth and the English Regicide,” by Tom Duggett
  • “William Newton: Anna Seward’s ‘Peak Minstrel'” by Sandro Jung
  • “John Clare, the Popular Wood-Cut and the Bible: A Venture into the History of Popular Culture,” by Eric Robinson

Plus a sequence of essays on Joseph Johnson, edited by Jeffrey Cox and William Galperin:

  • “Silencing Joseph Johnson and the Analytical Review” by Susan Oliver
  • “Wordsworth, Joseph Johnson, and the Salisbury Plain Poems,” by Joseph Byrne
  • “Joseph Johnson: Webmaster,” by Marilyn Gaull

The issue also includes original poetry by Stephen Behrendt, Kieron Winn, and Graham Davidson.

New issue: Studies in Romanticism Spring 2009

Here are the articles and reviews from the newest issue of Studies in Romanticism 48 (Spring 2009):

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Novelistic sympathy in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.(Critical essay)

Britton, Jeanne M..
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p3(20)

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Wordsworth’s “We Are Seven” and Crabbe’s The Parish Register: poetry and anti-census.(William Wordsworth, George Crabbe)(Critical essay)

Fogel, Aaron.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p23(43)

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Citizen Juan Thelwall: in the footsteps of a free-range radical.(Critical essay)

Thompson, Judith.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p67(34)

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“The beauty of that arrangement”: Adam Smith imagines empire.(Critical essay)

Ryan, Dermot.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p101(19)

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Spellbinding London: Charles Lamb’s “Ella” and the old country house.(London, England)(Critical essay)

Hull, Simon P..
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p121(18)

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Faust at war.(Critical essay)

Mieszkowski, Jan.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p139(19)

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Helen Regueiro Elam and Frances Ferguson, ed. The Wordsworthian Enlightenment: Romantic Poetry and the Ecology of Reading.(Book review)

Pfau, Thomas.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p159(7)

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Daniel E. White. Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent.(Book review)

Tomko, Michael.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p165(7)

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Ian Duncan. Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh.(Book review)

Gottlieb, Evan.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p171(6)

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Christopher Nagle. Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era.(Book review)

Fay, Elizabeth.
Studies in Romanticism – Spring 2009 v48 i1 p176(4)

CFP: 18th & 19th-C British Women Writers




Texas A&M University
April 8-11, 2010

Keynote Speakers: Kate Flint and Felicity Nussbaum
Plenary Panel Speakers: Mary Fissell, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson, and Erika Rappaport

This conference will explore the abundant varieties of journeys found in 18th- and 19th-century British women’s writings.  We encourage interdisciplinary considerations of topics such as migration, travel, exile, exploration, tourism, border crossing, religion, travel writing, art, fantasy, children’s literature and more.  Proposals for panels and individual papers might consider, but are not limited to, the following issues:

•        Travel writing/art
•        Biographical narratives
•        Marriage/Honeymoon
•        Continental tours
•        Philosophical/Scientific investigations
•        Motherhood/Childhood
•        Colonialism and Empire
•        Religious exploration/Spiritual awakenings
•        Transatlantic movement of persons, ideas, and/or goods
•        Memory as travel
•        Mapping the body
•        Rites of passage
•        (Dis)Orienting Sexuality
•        Crossing class boundaries
•        Exile (Social, Political, Familial)
•        Re-envisioning the past/Envisioning the future
•        Women and work
•        Education
•        Intertextuality
•        Movement between private and public spheres

Individual proposals should be two pages: a cover sheet including name, presentation title, university affiliation, address, e-mail address, phone number, and brief biographical paragraph; and a 500-word abstract.  Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract.

Panel proposals should include a coversheet—containing panel title, presenters’ names, presentation titles, university affiliations, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, brief biographical paragraphs, and the name of a moderator—followed by separate abstracts (500-word) that describe the significance of the panel topic and each presentation.  Please do not include any identifying information on the abstracts.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format by October 15, 2009 to the conference e-mail address:

For more information and updates, please visit the conference website:

Victorian Studies 51.3: NAVSA Special Issue

Information on the latest issue of Victorian Studies, now available:

The North American Victorian Studies Association met in November of 2008, for its sixth annual conference, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, to explore the broad theme of “The Arts and Culture in Victorian Britain.” Once again, we publish here work originally presented at the conference. We have invited one art historian, Tim Barringer, and one literary scholar, Jonah Siegel, each to select three papers that embody emergent possibilities in scholarship on the Victorian period, and that exemplify some of the intellectual excitement and conversation participants experienced that weekend at Yale. We publish their selections, and their responses to those selections, in the pages that follow. In addition, we are pleased to present Catherine Hall’s plenary address from the conference, titled “Macaulay’s Nation.”

NAVSA’s seventh annual conference was held at the University of Cambridge, UK, in July 2009; in 2010, NAVSA will reconvene in Montreal. For more information on the organization and the annual conference, see its website:
Victorian Studies VOLUME 51, ISSUE 3
Special Issue: Papers and Responses from the Sixth Annual Conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association


“Listening: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Persistence of Song”
Elizabeth Helsinger

“White Girls: Avant-Gardism and Advertising after 1860″
Rachel Teukolsky

“’Smite this Sleeping World Awake’: Edward Burne-Jones and The Legend of the Briar Rose”
Andrea Wolk Rager

Tim Barringer


“‘To wipe a manly tear’: The Aesthetics of Emotion in Victorian Narrative Painting”
Pamela Fletcher

“See Josephus: Viewing First-Century Sexual Drama with Victorian Eyes”
Simon Goldhill

“Turner’s Titles”
Ruth Bernard Yeazell

Jonah Siegel


“Macaulay’s Nation”
Catherine Hall


Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914, by Ruth Livesey
Talia Schaffer

Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, by Elizabeth K. Helsinger
Catherine Maxwell

Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century, by Kimberly Rhodes
Alison Smith

J. M. W. Turner: The Making of a Modern Artist, by Sam Smiles
Leo Costello

The Mass Image: A Social History of Photomechanical Reproduction in Victorian London, by Gerry Beegan
Matthew Rubery

The Performing Century: Nineteenth-Century Theatre’s History, edited by Tracy C. Davis and Peter Holland
Alan Fischler

Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain: “All Work, No Play”, by Anne Varty
The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture, edited by Dennis Denisoff
Laurie Langbauer

Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s-1940s: Portrayal of the East, edited by Martin Clayton and Bennett Zon
Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Bennett Zon
Grant Olwage

Volunteers on the Veld: British Citizen-Soldiers and the South African War, 1899-1902, by Stephen M. Miller
Stephen Badsey

Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature, by Julia M. Wright
Margaret Kelleher

Tourism, Landscape, and the Irish Character: British Travel Writers in Pre-Famine Ireland, by William H. A. Williams
Donald Ulin

The Politics of Vaccination: Practice and Policy in England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, 1800-1874, by Deborah Brunton
Jacqueline Jenkinson

Cholera and Nation: Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England, by Pamela K. Gilbert
Alison Bashford

Neurology and Literature, 1860-1920, edited by Anne Stiles
Nicholas Dames

Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists, by Peter W. Graham
Amy M. King

Servants and Paternalism in the Works of Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Gaskell, by Julie Nash
Brian McCuskey

Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples, by Michael Robertson
Ellis Hanson

The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins, by Joseph J. Feeney, SJ
Julia F. Saville

Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, by John Rieder
Nicholas Daly

Enacting Englishness in the Victorian Period: Colonialism and the Politics of Performance, by Angelia Poon
Lynn Voskuil

The Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle, edited by Gail Marshall
Regenia Gagnier

Dickens and the Unreal City: Searching for Spiritual Significance in Nineteenth-Century London, by Karl Ashley Smith
The Magic Lantern: Representation of the Double in Dickens, by Maria Cristina Paganoni
Tyson Stolte

Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930, by Richard Dennis
A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke: Victorian and Edwardian Representations of London, edited by Lawrence Phillips
David L. Pike

Imagining Roman Britain: Victorian Responses to a Roman Past, by Virginia Hoselitz
Jennifer Wallace

Caught in the Machinery: Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Jamie L. Bronstein
A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work? Sweated Labour and the Origins of Minimum Wage Legislation in Britain, by Sheila Blackburn
Marjorie Levine-Clark

Hard and Unreal Advice: Mothers, Social Science and the Victorian Poverty Experts, by Kathleen Callanan Martin
Mark Freeman

Intellect and Character in Victorian England: Mark Pattison and the Invention of the Don, by H. S. Jones
David Mitch

Reading Gladstone, by Ruth Clayton Windscheffel
Michael Partridge

Gladstone: God and Politics, by Richard Shannon
Joseph S. Meisel

Victorians and the Virgin Mary: Religion and Gender in England, 1830-85, by Carol Engelhardt Herringer
Kimberly VanEsveld Adams

Clio’s Daughters: British Women Making History, 1790-1899, edited by Lynette Felber
Susan Hamilton

Frances Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer, by Sally Mitchell
Frances Power Cobbe and Victorian Feminism, by Susan Hamilton
Linda K. Hughes

Comments & Queries
Daniel Hack