Victorian Studies 51.3: NAVSA Special Issue

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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


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