New Issue of the Byron Journal 37:2 (2009)

The latest issue of the Byron Journal (37:2, 2009), edited by Alan Rawes, has just appeared. It contains the following articles and reviews:


‘Eden’s Door’: The Porous Worlds of Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
pp. 109-120
Byron’s Marginalia to English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
pp. 131-139
‘Not in a Christian Church’: Westminster Abbey and the Memorialisation of Byron
pp. 141-150
On a Special Copy of Caroline Lamb’s Glenarvon Recently Discovered in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek
pp. 151-160
‘Byron and Women (and Men)’ 2 May 2009 Nottingham Trent University
pp. 161-162
‘Byron, Pushkin and Russia’ 1–5 July 2009 Maxim Gorky Institute, Moscow, and Pushkin Conference Centre, Mikhailovskoye
pp. 163-165
International Byron Event 14–18 September 2009 Tirana, Albania
pp. 166-169
Letter to the Reviews Editor
pp. 170-170
Byromania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture (review)
pp. 171-173
Byron: The Image of the Poet (review)
pp. 173-175
Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic (review)
pp. 176-177
Wordsworth and the poetry of What We Are (review)
pp. 178-179
New Writings by William Hazlitt (review)
pp. 180-182
The Suffering Traveller and the Romantic Imagination (review)
pp. 182-183
The Lake Poets and Professional Identity (review)
pp. 184-185
Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period (review)
pp. 185-187
The Unfamiliar Shelley (review)
pp. 187-189
Literary Orientalism: A Companion (review)
pp. 189-190
Are the Humanities Inconsequent? Interpreting Marx’s Riddle of the Dog (review)
pp. 191-193

New Issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (5:3)

Issue 5.3 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is now available at

This issue features the following articles and reviews:


  • Stephanie Green, “The Serious Mrs. Stopes: Gender, Writing and Scholarship in Late-Victorian Britain”
  • Kirstin Hanley, “‘A New Servitude’: Pedagogy and Feminist Practice in Brontë’s Jane Eyre”
  • Narin Hassan, “Female Prescriptions: Medical Advice and Victorian Women’s Travel”
  • Julia Kuehn, “Amelia Edwards’s Picturesque Views of Cairo: Touring the Land, Framing the Foreign”
  • Daniel Lewis, “‘I saw him looking at me’: Male Bodies and the Corrective Medical Gaze in Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Green Tea’”


  • Kirstyn Leuner, “British Women Poets and the Romantic Canon.” Review of Stephen C. Behrendt’s British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community.
  • Luca Caddia, “The Romance of the Man of Letters as Historical Authority.” Review of Mike Goode’s Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History, 1790-1890.
  • Daniela Garofalo, “Defining Masculinity: Class, Nation, and Consumption.” Review of Maureen M. Martin’s The Mighty Scot: Nation, Gender, and the Nineteenth-Century Mystique of Scottish Masculinity and Gwen Hyman’s Making a Man: Gentlemanly Appetities in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel.
  • Helena Gurfinkel, “Feeling like a New Man: Trollope’s Multi-Dimensional Masculinities.” Review of Margaret Marwick’s New Men in Trollope’s Novels: Rewriting the Victorian Male.
  • Elsie B. Michie, “Reassessing the Cleverness of Frances Trollope’s Social Fictions.” Review of Brenda Ayres’s The Social Problem Novels of Frances Trollope, 4 volumes.
  • Whitney Womack Smith, “Transatlantic Cross-Currents: Reform and Authorship in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Literature.” Review of Amanda Claybaugh’s The Novel of Purpose: Literature and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World and Jennifer Cognard-Black’s Narrative in the Professional Age: Transatlantic Readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.
  • Deborah Denenholz Morse, “Not “Just” a Children’s Writer: Hesba Stretton’s Reformist Fiction.” Review of Elaine Lomax’s The Writings of Hesba Stretton: Reclaiming the Outcast.
  • Yevgeniya Traps, “Collaborating Women.” Review of Jill R. Ehnenn’s Women’s Literary Collaboration, Queerness, and Late-Victorian Culture.

Victorian Poetry CFP: “Browning among the Victorians — and After”

Browning Bicentenary issue of Victorian Poetry
Summer 2012

Robert Browning is a quintessentially Victorian poet, deeply rooted in the
period’s culture, and conscious of its politics and intellectual and religious
debates. At the same time, he is a significant – though not always duly
acknowledged – influence on later authors. He has also lent himself well to
twentieth-century critical theory, having been claimed by approaches as wide-
ranging as Deconstruction, New Historicism and feminism. How do we assess
him 200 years after his birth, in an age when a variety of critical theories
coexists with a strong interest in broader issues of Victorian culture?

For this special issue of Victorian Poetry, the editors invite articles that offer
fresh considerations of Browning’s work within its Victorian context – and

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

Browning and contemporary poetics
Browning among the modernists
Postmodern theory reframing Browning’s poetics
Historicisms, old, new, and revisionist
Browning in the empire
Browning in Europe
Poetic language and culture
Rereading Browning’s religious casuistry
Browning’s (sexual) politics
Reassessing the dramatic monologue
Browning on the stage

Deadline for finished essays: 1 November 2011.

Please address proposals and inquiries to one of the editors:

Mary Ellis Gibson
Professor of English
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
3115 MHRA
Greensboro NC 27402-6170

Britta Martens
Department of English
University of the West of England
St. Matthias Campus, Fishponds
Bristol BS16 2JP

Victorian Studies 51:4 (Summer 2009) Available

The latest issue of Victorian Studies contains the following articles (by Nathan Hensley, Michelle Tusan, Jennifer Bann, and Kate Flint), along with a plethora of reviews, as follows:
Armadale and the Logic of Liberalism
pp. 607-632
The Business of Relief Work: A Victorian Quaker in Constantinople and Her Circle
pp. 633-662
Ghostly Hands and Ghostly Agency: The Changing Figure of the Nineteenth-Century Specter
pp. 663-686
The “hour of pink twilight”: Lesbian Poetics and Queer Encounters on the Fin-de-siècle Street
pp. 687-712

Book Reviews

Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of The King and I Governess (review)
pp. 713-714
The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby, Vol. 1, Ascent, 1799–1851, and: The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby, Vol. 2, Achievement, 1851-1869 (review)
pp. 714-717
British Democracy and Irish Nationalism 1876–1906 (review)
pp. 717-719
Politics and Awe in Rudyard Kipling’s Fiction (review)
pp. 719-720
Protesting about Pauperism: Poverty, Politics and Poor Relief in Late-Victorian England, 1870–1900 (review)
pp. 721-723
Masculinity and the English Working Class: Studies in Victorian Autobiography and Fiction, and: New Men in Trollope’s Novels: Rewriting the Victorian Male (review)
pp. 723-726
Contested Identities: Catholic Religious Women in Nineteenth-Century England and Wales (review)
pp. 726-727
Cambridge Theology in the Nineteenth Century: Enquiry, Controversy and Truth (review)
pp. 728-729
Religious Experience and the New Woman: The Life of Lily Dougall (review)
pp. 729-732
Jeanie, an ‘Army of One’: Mrs. Nassau Senior, 1828-1877, The First Woman in Whitehall (review)
pp. 732-733
Feminist Realism at the Fin de Siècle: The Influence of the Late-Victorian Women’s Press on the Development of the Novel (review)
pp. 734-736
G. W. M. Reynolds: Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Politics and the Press (review)
pp. 736-738
The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (review)
pp. 738-740
Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain (review)
pp. 740-741
Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (review)
pp. 742-744
Victorian Turns, NeoVictorian Returns: Essays on Fiction and Culture (review)
pp. 744-746
Tides of History: Ocean Science and Her Majesty’s Navy (review)
pp. 746-747
The Late Victorian Navy: The Pre-Dreadnought Era and the Origins of the First World War (review)
pp. 747-749
Missionary Education and Empire in Late Colonial India, 1860-1920 (review)
pp. 749-751
‘The Better Class’ of Indians: Social Rank, Imperial Identity, and South Asians in Britain, 1858–1914 (review)
pp. 751-753
Imperialism, Reform, and the Making of Englishness in Jane Eyre (review)
pp. 753-754
Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature (review)
pp. 754-757
Britain, the Empire and the World at the Great Exhibition of 1851 (review)
pp. 757-759
Art and the Transitional Object in Vernon Lee’s Supernatural Tales (review)
pp. 759-761
Tennyson’s Name: Identity and Responsibility in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson (review)
pp. 761-762
Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature, 1860-1960 (review)
pp. 762-764
Come Buy, Come Buy: Shopping and the Culture of Consumption in Victorian Women’s Writing (review)
pp. 765-766
Portable Property: Victorian Culture on the Move (review)
pp. 766-768
Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (review)
pp. 769-770
Knowing Dickens (review)
pp. 770-772

New Palgrave Title on 19th-Century Visual Culture

To be released on December 11, 2010, a new book from Palgrave:

Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures

Palgrave Macmillan

Through a close encounter with material objects and cultural experiences this book transforms the way we read the literary and the visual in the nineteenth century. The photograph, the illustrated magazine and the collection became centres of multisensorial perception through looking, reading, handling, sharing and writing. Attention to these embodied practices helps flesh out forms of perception and circulation which deferred and transformed desire and pleasure across media. Capturing the historically specific modes in which such objects were produced, encountered, and conceptualised, the essays in this collection argue against the separation of the senses and rethink the manner in which visuality touches the beholder both literally and metaphorically. Through early and late nineteenth-century episodes in the cultures of viewing, reading, and collecting this book makes new and sometimes surprising connections between Romanticism and the fin de siècle. Through its exploration of a material aesthetic this book offers fresh and original readings of works by William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde, among others.

Foreword; H.Fraser
Introduction: Nineteenth-Century Objects and Beholders; L.Calè & P. Di Bello

Ekphrasis and Terror: Shelley, Medusa, and the Phantasmagoria; S.Thomas
Wordsworth’s Glasses: the Materiality of Blindness in the Romantic Vision; H.Tilley

The Wont of Photography, or the Pleasure of Mimesis; L.Smith
Aesthetic Encounters: the Erotic Visions of John Addington Symonds and Wilhelm Von Gloeden; S.Evangelista

‘Latent Preparedness’: Literary Association and Visual Reminiscence in Daisy Miller; G.Smith
A Modern Illustrated Magazine: The Yellow Book Poetics of Format; L.J.Kooistra

Dandyism, Visuality and the ‘Camp Gem’: Collections of Jewels in Huysmans and Wilde; V.Mills
The Book Beautiful: Reading, Vision, and the Homosexual Imagination in Late Victorian Britain; M.Hatt


Two New Books on 19th-Century Book History: Piper and Ferris/Keen (eds.)

Two notable books have recently appeared on the relationship of books and book history to our understanding of the nineteenth-century.

The first is Andrew Piper’s Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (University of Chicago, 2009).  This looks like an extremely interesting book, and I’ll be reviewing it next year for Studies in Romanticism. Here is Piper’s description:

“At the turn of the nineteenth century, publishing houses in London, New York, Paris, Stuttgart, and Berlin produced books in ever greater numbers. But it was not just the advent of mass printing that created the era’s “bookish” culture. According to Andrew Piper, romantic writing and romantic writers played a crucial role in adjusting readers to this increasingly international and overflowing literary environment. Learning how to use and to want books occurred through more than the technological, commercial, or legal conditions that made the growing proliferation of books possible; the making of such bibliographic fantasies was importantly a product of the symbolic operations contained within books as well.

“Examining novels, critical editions, gift books, translations, and illustrated books, as well as the communities who made them, Dreaming in Books tells a wide-ranging story of the book’s identity at the turn of the nineteenth century. In so doing, it shows how many of the most pressing modern communicative concerns are not unique to the digital age but emerged with a particular sense of urgency during the bookish upheavals of the romantic era. In revisiting the book’s rise through the prism of romantic literature, Piper aims to revise our assumptions about romanticism, the medium of the printed book, and, ultimately, the future of the book in our so-called digital age.”

Piper’s book also has its own blog, or booklog, available here.

The second book of note is a collection of what look to be fascinating essays, Bookish Histories, edited by Ina Ferris and Paul Keen; can’t wait to see this:

Bookish Histories
Books, Literature, and Commercial Modernity, 1700-1900
Edited by Ina Ferris and Paul Keen
Palgrave Macmillan

Introduction: Towards a Bookish Literary History; I.Ferris & P.Keen

Wild Bibliography: The Rise and Fall Book History in Nineteenth-Century Britain; J.Klancher
‘Uncommon Animals’: Making Virtue of Necessity in the Age of Authors; P.Keen
Making Literary History in the Age of Steam; W.McKelvy

Canons’ Clockwork: Novels for Everyday Use; D.Lynch
Book-Love and the Remaking of Literary Culture in the Romantic Periodical; I.Ferris
The Art of Sharing: Reading in the Romantic Miscellany; A.Piper
Getting the Reading Out of London Labor; L.Price

Reading Collections: The Literary Discourse of Eighteenth-Century Libraries; B.M.Benedict
Imagining Hegel: Bookish Form and the Romantic Synopticon; M.Macovski
‘The Society of Agreeable and Worthy Companions’: Bookishness and Manuscript Culture after 1750; B.A.Schellenberg
The Practice and Poetics of Curlism: Print, Obscenity, and the Merryland Pamphlets in the Career of Edmund Curll; T.Keymer
Charlatanism and Resentment in London’s Mid-Eighteenth Century Literary Marketplace; S.During

Keats-Shelley Journal: New Issue (58) 2009

From Jeanne Moskal, editor:

The Keats-Shelley Association announces the publication of the 2009 Keats-Shelley Journal. Along with book reviews and our annual bibliography, it contains the articles listed below

  • "Interpolation as Inspiration: `Sight-Wonder' in Keats, Chapman, and Homer" by Anne C. MacMaster and Holly M. Sypniewski
  • "Book Fancy: Bibliomania and the Literary Word" by Ina Ferris
  • "The Difficult Education of Shelley's `Triumph of Life'" by Joel Faflak
  • "In Praise of the Démêler: William Godwin and the Romantic Mixture" by Mark Lounibos
  • "Felicia Hemans and the `Exquisite Remains' of Modern Greece" by Noah Comet
  • "New Severn Letters and Paintings: An Update with Corrections" by Grant F. Scott
  • "John Hunt to Edwin Atherstone: Seven Letters" by Timothy Webb