CFP: Victorians Institute Conference: “By the Numbers,” U of Virginia, Oct. 1-3

Call For Papers


The Victorian Quantification of Everything;
or From Zero to NINES in Under Two Centuries

October 1-3, 2010
University of Virginia

Conference website:

Keynote lecturer: Daniel Cohen, George Mason University; author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith, 2007; and director of the Center for History and New Media.


Let us count the ways in which Victorians turned, and in mounting numbers too, towards arithmetizing, computing, serializing, tallying, ordinating, enumerating – in a word, quantifying – both what they knew and the media they told it by.

* chapter and verse: seriality up and down the scale
* “for the numbers came”: prosody, measure, quantity
* a tale of two tellers: recounting and accounting
* stats, lies, and actuaries
* whatever happened to numerology?
* census and consensus
* standardization and quantification
* visual display of numerical data
* higher mathematics in the 19th century: Babbage, Boole, and beyond
* the third R: numeracy in education
* poly-math fantasy: Flatland, Wonderland, and. . .
* ratio redux, or Pythagoras on Piccadilly, Leonardo in London, Victorian Vitruvius: proportion in Victorian music, art, and architecture

Papers on these and innumerable other aspects of the conference theme will be discussed in the warm collegiality of the Victorians Institute on what we suppose with moderate to high probability will prove a balmy Piedmont weekend at the University of Virginia.
Co-sponsored by The University of Virginia English Department and NINES.


Byron Society Collection moves to Drew University

January 22, 2010

NEW YORK, NY—The Byron Society of America announced today that it has chosen Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, as the new home for its Byron Society Collection. The collection of almost 5,000 items, including rare books, portraits, letters, and other priceless material, will be housed with the Drew Library’s special collections, where students, scholars, and members of the public will be able to access it. Robert Weisbuch, president of Drew University and a specialist in nineteenth-century British and American writers, stated in his welcome: “The arrival of this collection will  provide a feast of research opportunities for scholars and undergraduates alike.”

Included in the Byron Society Collection are letters from Mrs. Byron, Thomas Moore, and Lady Byron, and the splendid  collection of 1,900 volumes, including many early and rare editions, together with 600 booklets and 60 material objects belonging to collector Michael Rees, former secretary of the International Council of Byron Societies. Papers, correspondence, books, and photographs once owned by the late Leslie A. Marchand, author of Byron: A Biography, and editor of Byron’s Letters and Journals, likewise form an essential part of the collection’s holdings.

The collection also includes visual representations of the poet, such as Rembrandt Peale’s 1825 lithograph of Byron, as well as statuary, mezzotints and engravings, Staffordshire figures, and decorative and other material objects that demonstrate the impact of Byron’s life and works on his readers, both past and present.

“The deposit of the Byron Society’s important archive of books and cultural materials in the Drew University Library is one of those events that do not often capture public attention,” noted Jerome McGann, editor of Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. “But it is a moment in the history of the university where its commitment to the preservation of our cultural heritage is clearly displayed.”

Drew University is known for its special collections and archives, including distinctive holdings on Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, John Wesley, and the history of world Methodism. Discussions between Drew and the Byron Society began when it became known that the university had been given the coveted Byron and Whitman holdings of private collector Norman Tomlinson.

“Drew is the natural home for the Byron Society Collection,” commented Marsha Manns, chair of the Byron Society of America and co-founder, with Leslie A. Marchand, of the Byron Society Collection. The library’s current holdings, including the Tomlinson Byron Collection, along with the value placed on collections of material culture and the university’s willingness to provide wide access to the collection, were all important considerations for the society.”

Scholars agree. “The settlement of the Byron Society Collection at Drew University opens exciting new opportunities for research and teaching in material culture,” said William St Clair, author of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period and That Greece Might Still Be Free, “Given the rich collections already there and Drew’s pioneering work in studying the reception and diffusion of ideas, I see a perfect fit. Many scholars and others will wish to be associated with this  imaginative project.”

Drew University ( is a private institution of higher learning that comprises an undergraduate college (the College of Liberal Arts), a humanities-based graduate school (the Casperson School of Graduate Studies), and a United Methodist seminary (the Theological School). Annually listed among the nation’s top colleges by The Princeton Review, Drew has an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students in its bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs; its faculty and students are among the best in the nation, having been awarded such distinctions as Fulbright, Goldwater, Carnegie, and Rhodes scholarships.

The Byron Society of America ( is a non-profit literary organization founded to study the life and works of the English Romantic poet, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), whose immense cultural impact extends from the nineteenth century to the present day. The Society is one of forty societies representing forty countries that collectively comprise the International Byron Society.

CFP: DeBartolo Conference: “Medievalizing Britain” (April 2010)

“Medievalizing Britain”

DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies

2 April 2010

Back by popular demand, the DeBartolo Conference will return in 2010 as a one-day Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference on Medievalizing Britain.  Our event will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Antony Harrison, Distinguished Professor of English and Department Head at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Harrison is one of the premier scholars of Christina Rossetti, and he is the author of five books and numerous articles, editions, and reviews on Victorian poetry, culture, and medievalism.  In addition, the day’s activities will include single-session panels, a roundtable discussion, a catered lunch, and an evening wine and cheese reception.  This event is free to participants, guests, and the public at large.

British culture in the four kingdoms was transformed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as medieval themes and archaic features emerged in
poetry, novels, ballad-collecting, non-fiction prose, painting, and photography.  Works such as Thomas Percy’s *Reliques of Ancient English Poetry*, Walter Scott’s *Ivanhoe*, Alfred Tennyson’s poems, John Ruskin’s criticism, the Pre-Raphaelites’ paintings, and Roger Fenton’s photographic images signal a preoccupation with the medieval past that spans two centuries. This conference looks beyond traditional periodizations and disciplinary divisions in order to trace broader patterns and forge new connections on the topic of medievalizing Britain.

Papers may engage any aspect of the medieval in eighteenth- or nineteenth-century culture, and may address but are not limited to the following questions:

·        How was the rise of medievalism able to supplant earlier British identifications with the classical world?

·        Why does photography, a new technology, turn to medieval themes?

·        Is the medieval modern?

·        What role did the turn toward the bardic and the medieval play in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland in opposition to English domination? In what ways, politically, aesthetically, or otherwise, did the medieval turn in English romanticism differ from similar moves in the rest of the United Kingdom?

·        What was the relationship between medievalism and Enlightenment? Between medievalism and industrialization?

·        Why was the historical novel in Britain medieval rather than classical?

·        How can we account for the rise of Arthuriana?

·        How did new ideas about Britons’ origins as rugged Saxons, Goths, and Celts affect the conduct of British colonialism abroad?

·        How did Pre-Raphaelite painting reimagine femininity and masculinity in an era of rapid social change?

We invite single presentation abstracts or complete panels with individual abstracts for each paper. Abstracts should be approximately 500 words in
length; in addition to the abstract, we ask that individuals include the following: an e-mail address, any audio-visual needs (including special software needs), and academic affiliation (if applicable).

Due date for submissions: February 5, 2010
Dr. Susan Cook or Dr. Jeff Strabone, DeBartolo Conference Directors
Department of English / University of South Florida
* * or * *

CFP: Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference (London, July 2010)


“Victorian Popular Culture: Prose, Stage & Screen”
22-24 July 2010
Institute for English Studies, University of London

2nd Annual Conference of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association

Keynote speakers: Professor Kate Newey (University of Birmingham) and Dr Nickianne Moody (Liverpool John Moores University)

After our very successful Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900 Conference of September 2009 the Victorian Popular Fiction Association announces its second annual conference to be held 22-24th July 2010.

One of the themes we would like to develop is: Adapting the Victorian Popular Novel and we are pleased to announce our keynote speakers – Kate Newey and Nickianne Moody – who will be discussing aspects of this. Adapting the Victorian popular novel develops our contemporary interest in nineteenth century print culture, and our understanding of the different ways in which a single text might be consumed, to acknowledge the role of theatrical, and later film, adaptations of popular fiction in maintaining the popularity of particular novels, and particular genres. Theatrical adaptations were an important means by which the Victorian popular novel found new audiences, and because of the lack of theatrical copyright such adaptations abounded.

Topics relevant to this theme of the conference may include but are not limited to: the relationship between different editions (serialisation, syndication, the library edition, the cheap edition, the yellowback, the academic reprint, e-texts and digitisation), the relationship between printed text and dramatisation (theatrical, film, TV adaptation), the adaptability of particular subgenres such as the Newgate Novel and the Sensation Novel, debates about the need for theatrical copyright, and relationships between novelists and editors, publishers and adaptors.

We remain committed to promoting research in any aspect of Victorian popular fiction, and the revival of interest in understudied male and female popular writers from this period will again be pivotal to this conference, as we look to build on the foundations we established at our first conference in September 2009. We invite proposals for 20 minute research papers on any aspect of nineteenth century popular literature and culture in addition to those topics listed above. These might include:

• The Periodical Press
• Victorian Publishing
• Breaking in to the Canon
• Travel and Adventure
• Science and Spiritualism
• Sensation fiction
• Recovering ‘lost’ authors
• American, Colonial and European Readerships
• Teaching and Research Methodologies

Postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to either Jane Jordan ( or Greta Depledge ( by: Friday 26th February 2010

For further information about the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, see:

Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Swinburne

The latest issue of Victorian Poetry, devoted to the work of A.C. Swinburne, is now available.

Volume 47, Number 4, Winter 2009

“A hundred sleeping years ago” In Commemoration of Algernon Charles Swinburne April 5, 1837—April 10, 1909
Terry L. Meyers and Rikky Rooksby, Guest Editors
Wagner, Baudelaire, Swinburne: Poetry in the Condition of Music
pp. 619-632
Brothers in Paradox: Swinburne, Baudelaire, and the Paradox of Sin
pp. 633-645
Erotic Figuration in Swinburne’s Tristram of Lyonesse, Canto 2: The Vanishing Knight and the Drift of Butterflies
pp. 647-659
A Theory of Poetry: Swinburne’s “A Dark Month”
pp. 661-673
Intimations and Imitations of Immortality: Swinburne’s “By the North Sea” and “Poeta Loquitur”
pp. 675-690
Cosmopolitan Republican Swinburne, the Immersive Poet as Public Moralist
pp. 691-713
“Much Regrafted Pain”: Schopenhauerian Love and the Fecundity of Pain in Atalanta in Calydon
pp. 715-731
Swinburne and Thackeray’s The Newcomes
pp. 733-746
“Will he rise and recover[?]”: Catullus, Castration, and Censorship in Swinburne’s “Dolores”
pp. 747-758
Libidinous Laureates and Lyrical Maenads: Michael Field, Swinburne and Erotic Hellenism
pp. 759-776
Some Reflections on the Text of Swinburne’s Unfinished Novel, the so-called “Lesbia Brandon”
pp. 777-786
Swinburne’s “A Nympholept” in the Making
pp. 787-800

CFP: “Re-Orienting Victorian Studies” AVSA Conference, 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

CFP: “Useful & Beautiful,” Transatlantic Morris and the PRB (Delaware, 10/10)

Deadline: 15 March 2010

“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites”

University of Delaware
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
Delaware Art Museum

7-9 October 2010

“Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7-9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society, “Useful and Beautiful” will highlight the strengths of the University of Delaware’s rare books, art, and manuscripts collections; Winterthur’s important holdings in American decorative arts; and the Delaware Art Museum’s superlative Pre-Raphaelite collection (the largest outside Britain). All events will focus on the multitude of transatlantic exchanges that involved Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements of the late nineteenth century.

We seek 250- to 500-word proposals for short papers (15 minutes reading time, maximum) that explore relationships and influences–whether personal, intellectual, political, or aesthetic–connecting William Morris, his friends, associates, and followers in Britain and Europe with their contemporaries and successors in the Americas. The “arts” will include not merely those at which Morris himself excelled–i.e., literature, design, and printing–but also painting, illustration, architecture, performance, and anything related to print culture in general. Papers that examine transatlantic politics, social movements, and environmental issues in light of Morrisian, Pre-Raphaelite, and Arts and Crafts perspectives are also welcome.

Possible topic areas include:
William Morris’s Influence in and on the Americas • The American Ruskinians • Transatlantic Arts and Crafts Architecture • British Connections to the American Aesthetic Movement • Designers Traveling, East to West or West to East • Arts and Crafts Places, Real and/or Imaginary • British Aesthetic Ideals and American Domestic Interiors • The Kelmscott Press and Transatlantic Print Culture • Aesthetic Periodicals and/or Little Magazines Crossing the Atlantic • Publishing the Pre-Raphaelites in the Americas • American Book Illustrators and Pre-Raphaelite Influences • The Transatlantic Poster Craze • Exhibiting the Pre-Raphaelites in the Americas • Americans Collecting Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites • Selling Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts Goods Across the Atlantic • Pre-Raphaelite Imagery and American Advertising • The Morris Chair as a Transatlantic Object • Morris and American Needlework • American Dress Reform and Pre-Raphaelite Influence • The Pre-Raphaelites and the Literature of the Americas • Oscar Wilde Visits America • Whitman and the Pre-Raphaelites • Morris and American Socialism • Morris & Co. Stained Glass in the Americas • American Drama and Pre-Raphaelite Figures • Pre-Raphaelitism and American Art Education • Photography and the Circulation of Pre-Raphaelite Images • Pre-Raphaelitism and American Music

The deadline for 250- to 500-word proposals is 15 March 2010. Please forward electronic submissions to: Mark Samuels Lasner,

Limited funding may be available for speakers whose papers focus specifically on William Morris and who are in need of financial assistance. To be considered for support, explain your circumstances when submitting your paper proposal.

In addition to conference sessions, there will be a keynote lecture, demonstrations by leading practitioners who make and design Arts and Crafts objects, special exhibitions, and related film, theater, and musical performances. The following exhibitions are anticipated at the time of the conference: Delaware Art Museum (“May Morris,” also permanent display of the Samuel and Mary Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite collection); University of Delaware Library (American literature, 1870-1916 exhibition and “William Morris”); University Gallery, University of Delaware (“Ethel Reed: Transatlantic Artist of the 1890s”); Winterthur (Arts and Crafts archival resources); and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (“David Mabb: The Morris Kitsch Archive”).

For more information go to or contact Mark Samuels Lasner, (302) 831-3250,

“Useful and Beautiful” is supported by the Delaware Art Museum, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the William Morris Society in the United States, the William Morris Society (UK), and the following University of Delaware departments and programs: College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Delaware Library, Art, Art Conservation, Art History, English, History, and Material Culture Studies.