Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 6:1 Now Available

Issue 6.1 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is now available at

This issue features the following articles and reviews:

Maeve E. Adams, “The Amazon Warrior Woman and the De/construction of Gendered Imperial Authority in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Literature”

Sumangala Bhattacharya, “Between Worlds: The Haunted Babu in Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Kankal’ and ‘Nishite’”

Sumiao Li, “‘Arabian Nights Entertainment’: The Rule of Fashion and the Public Roles of Aristocratic Women in Britain 1820-1860”

Patricia E. Johnson, “Unlimited Liability: Women and Capital in Margaret Oliphant’s Hester

Kathrine Klein, “The Origins of Grace Aguilar’s Ideal Domesticity”

Patricia Rigg, “‘Enter into the genius of him’: Augusta Webster and the Discourse of Translation Theory”


Stefanie Markovits, “Regarding War and Marriage: Romanticism and Everyday Experience.” Review of Mary A Favret’s War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime and Eric C. Walker’s Marriage, Writing and Romanticism: Wordsworth and Austen After War.

Anna Dodson Saikin, “Aesthetic Expansion and Romantic Revolutions.” Review of Fiona Price’s Revolutions in Taste, 1773-1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism.

Jessica Hindes, “Domestic Service in the Industrial Age: The Significance of Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Literary Servants.” Review of Julie Nash’s Servants and Paternalism in the Works of Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Gaskell.

Lesley A. Hall, “From Prime to Decline?” Review of Kay Heath’s Aging by the Book: The Emergence of Midlife in Victorian Britain.

Kate Faber Oestreich, “Writing Woman in Print and Cloth.” Review of Christine Bayles Kortsch’s Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women’s Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism.

Kelly Hagar, “Constructing the Child.” Review of Marah Gubar’s Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature and Monica Flegel’s Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England: Literature, Representation, and the NSPCC.


CFP: Society for Textual Scholarship (March 2011), Penn State

The Society for Textual Scholarship
Sixteenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference
March 16-18, 2011
Penn State University

K E Y N O T E  S P E A K E R S

MORRIS EAVES, University of Rochester
LISA GITELMAN, New York University
WILL NOEL, Walters Art Museum
DAVID STORK, Ricoh Innovations

Program Chair: Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland
Deadline for Proposals: October 31, 2010

After many years of successful meetings in New York City, the Society
for Textual Scholarship is inaugurating a new venue for its biennial
conference: Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. This
new venue will accommodate the STS in a state of the art conference
center with up-to-date technology support and other amenities
<>, which will in turn
facilitate the introduction of several new session formats. The new
formats, new venue, and stellar line-up of confirmed keynote
speakers–addressing textual and media scholarship and theory,
conservation and archival practices, and relevant aspects of computer
science–promises to make the 2011 conference an especially
invigorating and important one for the STS.

Accordingly, the Program Chair invites submissions devoted to
interdisciplinary discussion of current research into particular
aspects of textual work: the discovery, enumeration, description,
bibliographical analysis, editing, annotation, and mark-up of texts in
disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, classical and
biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of
science and technology, computer science, library and information
science, archives, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology,
cinema studies, new media studies, game studies, theater, linguistics,
and textual and literary theory.

As always, the conference is particularly open to considerations of
the role of digital tools and technologies in textual theory and
practice. Papers addressing newer developments such as forensic
computing, born-digital materials, stand-off markup, cloud computing,
and the sustainability of electronic scholarship are especially
encouraged. Papers addressing aspects of archival theory and practice
as they pertain to textual criticism and scholarly editing are also
especially welcome.

This year the conference is introducing several new formats.
Submissions may therefore take the following form:

1. Papers. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. They
should offer the promise of substantial original critical or
analytical insight. Papers that are primarily reports or
demonstrations of tools or projects are discouraged.

2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or
four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of
broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate
between the panel and audience following brief opening remarks.

3. Seminars. Seminars should propose a specific topic, issue, or text
for intensive collective exploration. Accepted seminar proposals will
be announced on the conference Web site <> at
least two months prior to the conference and attendees will then be
required to enroll themselves with the posted seminar leader(s). The
seminar leader(s) will circulate readings and other preparatory
materials in advance of the conference. No papers shall be read at the
seminar session. Instead participants will engage with the circulated
material in a discussion under the guidance of the seminar leader(s).
All who enroll are expected to contribute to creating a mutually
enriching experience.

4. Workshops. Workshops should propose a specific problem, tool, or
skillset for which the workshop leader will provide expert guidance
and instruction. Examples might be an introduction to forensic
computing or paleography. Workshop proposals that are accepted will be
announced on the conference Web site <> and
attendees will be required to enroll with the workshop leader(s).
Workshop leaders should be prepared to offer well-defined learning
outcomes for attendees.

Proposals for all four formats should include a title, abstract (one
to two pages) of the proposed paper, panel, seminar, or workshop, as
well as the name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation for
all participants. Format should be clearly indicated. Seminar and
workshop proposals in particular should take care to articulate the
imagined audience and any expectations of prior knowledge or
preparation. ***All abstracts should indicate what if any
technological support will be required.***

Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically, as plain text, to:

Professor Matthew Kirschenbaum
mkirschenbaum -at- gmail -dot- com

Additional contact information:

Department of English
2119 Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740

Phone: 301-405-8505
Fax: 301-314-7111 (marked clearly to Kirschenbaum’s attention)

All participants in the STS 2011 conference must be members of STS.
For information about membership, please contact Secretary Meg Roland
at <> or visit the Indiana University Press
Journals website and follow the links to the Society for Textual
Scholarship membership page. For conference updates and information,
see the STS website at <>.

Please post and recirculate this CFP as appropriate.

CFP: The Napoleonic Continental System (Amsterdam, May 2011)

The Napoleonic Continental System: Local, European, and Global Experiences and Consequences

Date: May 19-21, 2011
Location: Amsterdam, NL, International Institute of Social History
Organizer Dr. Johan Joor, International Institute of Social History, P.O. Box 2169, 1000 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

Co-Organizer Dr. Katherine B. Aaslestad, Associate Professor, Department of History of West Virginia University, 220 Woodburn Hall, PO 6303, Morgantown, West Virginia, 26506-6303 USA,

Since 2004, several exciting interdisciplinary conferences on the Napoleonic Empire have re-conceptualized the Napoleonic era as a period of intense political, military, social, and economic transformation on the local and European level. This conference will highlight the role of the Continental System in the Empire and beyond. Though relatively neglected compared to other aspects of the Napoleonic Wars and Empire, the Continental System has been interpreted as either “defensive” or “offensive” in nature.  Scholars continue to debate its short and long-term consequences for economic development in Europe and North America. Regarded as both an economic and military structure, many scholars note that it became increasingly coercive after 1810.  Some scholars argue the System discredited and delegitimized Napoleon’s Empire, whereas others view it as a crude prototype for the European Union. To what degree do these interpretations continue to shape scholarship on the Continental System? Within a diverse Europe, can the Continental System be viewed as a homogenous structure?

This conference treats the Continental System within a long chronological framework that includes its origins in mercantilism and economic warfare prior to Napoleon’s Berlin Decrees in 1806 as well as its short and long-term significance in political, social-economic and commercial development.  This conference is also interested in both the local and global -the micro and the macro- significance of the Continental System from shifts in commerce in individual port cities like Amsterdam to new developments in colonial commerce in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Beyond the military and economic consequences of the Continental System, increased poverty and wealth developed alongside new social structures as merchants migrated to avoid the system, and sailors, labourers, fishermen, and other ordinary folk sought alternative forms of livelihood.

Proposals are invited on any aspect of interdisciplinary research relating to the Continental System, including the following themes:

  • New historiographical interpretations of the Continental System and its role in the Napoleonic Empire
  • Uniqueness of the Napoleonic Blockade as an instrument of war and the structural consequences in economic warfare
  • Role and consequences of naval warfare, including the North American War of 1812
  • Social consequences: increase in poverty, population migration, protest, social stratification, genderedexperiences
  • Alternatives to the System: black market trade, smuggling, and imperial corruption
  • Experiences of port cities, economic regions, commercial networks, and global trade
  • Political consequences of the Continental System on a local and European level
  • Regional differences in the application and consequences of the System
  • The role of the Continental System in the Trans-Atlantic World
  • The global implications of the Continental System: extent of the global network, intensity of global interconnectedness, and impact of global interconnectedness.
  • Damage and economic reconstruction following the Continental System

Proposals are invited for individual papers and panel sessions.  The Conference will be held May 19-21, 2011 at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Applicants should submit a 500 word proposal and a brief cv (in Word or PDF) by May 15, 2010.  Participants whose papers have been accepted will be notified by July 15, 2010. We need a final version of your paper by April 1, 2011 for pre-circulation and comment that relates the papers to the session theme.

CFP (collection): “Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies”

CFP: Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies.

(5/15/10; DEADLINE EXTENDED; proposed collection)

Virtual Victorians: Networks, Connections, Technologies

The proposed multi-disciplinary collection seeks to illuminate connections
between Victorian and twenty-first century technologies, as well as ask how
we might consider “virtuality” in relation to Victoriana. It will explore
the networks and connections facilitated by technology by combining
close-reading, broad theoretical questions, project descriptions, and
pedagogical methods.

I invite proposals for original essays on the Victorian art, literature, and
history that answer such questions as: How does the “digital revolution”
replicate technological developments in the Victorian era?  What Victorian
innovations most resemble twenty-first century networks and connections? How
can we best represent Victorian literature electronically?  What new reading
practices are facilitated by current (and emerging) digital technologies?
How does the virtual world change the way we teach Victorian art, history,
and literature?

Consider John. A Walsh’s, “Multimedia and Multitasking: A Survey of Digital
Resources for Nineteenth-Century Literary Studies”:

“The industrial revolution of the nineteenth century is the closest analog to
the rapid technological and social change of the digital age. And many
features of the nineteenth century — increased literacy rates, the
beginnings of mass media, the decreasing costs of publishing — led to
ever-increasing volumes of information and the need for ever more
sophisticated and flexible technologies for representing and managing that
information. Chronologically, technologically, and figuratively, the
nineteenth century and the industrial revolution are in large part the
parents of the digital age.”

Suggested topics may include:

– Victorian technologies

– visualization and remediation

– steampunk

– theoretical questions on how to best represent Victoriana electronically

– Victorian science fiction

– twenty-first century digital reading practices of Victorian literature

– pedagogies

Please send abstracts of 500 words, accompanied by a brief bio, to

The deadline for abstracts is 15 May 2010.

Completed essays will be due on 1 September 2010.

Email enquiries are welcome.

Dr. Meagan Timney
Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory
Department of English
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

Phone: 250-472-5401

Victorian Working-Class Women Poets Archive

Victorian Periodicals Review: New Issue 43:1 (Spring 2010)

The new issue of Victorian Periodicals Review (43:1) is now available, via Project MUSE:


Moral Uses, Narrative Effects: Natural History in Victorian Periodicals and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters
pp. 1-18
The Picture of Dorian Gray in Context: Intertextuality and Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine
pp. 19-41
William Clark Russell and Chambers’s Journal: Elopement and the Victorian Nautical Novel
pp. 42-56
What’s in a Name?: Signature, Criticism, and Authority in The Fortnightly Review
pp. 57-82
Victorian Sensation Fiction: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (review)
pp. 83-84
Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti & William Morris (review)
pp. 84-85
The Poetry of Chartism: Aesthetics, Politics, History (review)
pp. 85-86
The Fowl and the Pussycat: Love Letters of Michael Field, 1876-1909 (review)
pp. 87-88
Punch in Heidelberg and Beyond: A Report from Brian Maidment
pp. 89-90

Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net: New Issue (#54)

Now available at


Ian Haywood (Roehampton University, London): ‘The Spectropolitics of Romantic Infidelism: Cruikshank, Paine, and The Age of Reason
Nicholas Frankel (Virginia Commonwealth University): ‘The Designer’s Eye: Ancient Spanish Ballads, Poetry, and the Rise of Decorative Design
Harriet Kramer Linkin (New Mexico State University): ‘Lucy Hooper, William Blake, and “The Fairy’s Funeral”
Shelley Trower (University of Exeter): ‘Nerves, Vibration and the Aeolian Harp
Andrew Burkett (Wake Forest University): ‘Wordsworthian Chance
Marcus Tomalin (Downing College, University of Cambridge): ‘William Rowan Hamilton and the Poetry of Science
Chris Jones and Li-Po Lee (University of Bangor and Chia-Nan University): ‘Wordsworth’s Creation of Active Taste


Laurie Langbauer (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): ‘Consumerism and the Archive: On Krista Lysack’s Come Buy, Come Buy: Shopping and the Culture of Consumption in Victorian Women’s Writing, and Brent Shannon’s The Cut of His Coat: Men, Dress, and Consumer Culture in Britain, 1860-1914
Bruce Robbins (Columbia University): ‘Mary Poovey’s Anxiety: Mary Poovey’s Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain


Thomas Pfau (Duke University): ‘Colin Jager. The Book of God: Secularization and Design in the Romantic Era
Richard C. Sha (American University): ‘Christopher C. Nagle. Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era
W. Michael Johnstone (University of Toronto): ‘John Strachan. Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period
Stephen Prickett (University of Kent): ‘Adam Potkay. The Story of Joy: From the Bible to Late Romanticism
Sophie Rudland (University of Warwick): ‘Lilla Maria Crisafulli, and Cecilia Pietropoli, eds. Romantic Women Poets: Genre and Gender; Stephen Behrendt. British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community
Jennifer Ruth (Portland State University): ‘Susan E. Colón. The Professional Ideal in the Victorian Novel: The Works of Disraeli, Trollope, Gaskell, and Eliot
Carole G. Silver (Yeshiva University): ‘Aviva Briefel. The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century
Laura Callanan (Duquesne University): ‘Vanessa D. Dickerson. Dark Victorians
Dehn Gilmore (California Institute of Technology): ‘Lara Kriegel. Grand Designs: Labor, Empire, and the Museum in Victorian Culture
Joan DelPlato (Bard College at Simon’s Rock): ‘Mary Roberts. Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature
Karen Kurt Teal (The University of Washington): ‘Margaret Markwick. New Men in Trollope’s Novels: Rewriting the Victorian Male
Kristin Mahoney (Western Washington University): ‘Margaret Stetz and Cheryl Wilson, eds. Michael Field and Their World
John McGowan (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): ‘Andrew Miller. The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

NOTE from website: “The next issue of the journal (issue #55 [August 2009]) will be guest-edited by Linda K. Hughes on ‘Victorian Studies and its Publics’; this issue will appear in May 2010.”

Romanticism: New Issue (April 2010)

Edinburgh University Press has released the new issue (16:1) of the journal Romanticism (April 2010). Here is the table of contents:

The Many Men so Beautiful: Gustave Doré’s Illustrations to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Grant F Scott
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 1-24.
Citation | PDF plus (2127 KB)
The Reception of Hartley Coleridge’s Poetry, from 1833 to the Present
Nicola Healey
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 25-42.
Citation | PDF plus (117 KB)
Patronal Care and Maternal Feeling: New Correspondence between Ann Yearsley and Hannah More
Kerri Andrews
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 43-59.
Citation | PDF plus (826 KB)
William Blake’s Meeting with Dorothy Gott: The Female Origins of Blake’s Prophetic Mode
Nancy Jiwon Cho and David Worrall
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 60-71.
Citation | PDF plus (184 KB)
Topographical Measures: Wordsworth’s and Crosthwaite’s Lines on the Lake District
Julia S. Carlson
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 72-93.
Citation | PDF plus (705 KB)
Review Essay: Sir Walter Scott
Christopher MacLachlan
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 94-99.
Citation | PDF plus (51 KB)


Derek Hughes, Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. xii + 313. £45 hardback. 9780521867337.
Peter J. Kitson
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 100-102.
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Brian Goldberg, The Lake Poets and Professional Identity (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. vii + 297. £50 hardback. 9780521866385.
Gregory Leadbetter
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 102-104.
Citation | PDF plus (48 KB)
Angela Esterhammer, Romanticism and Improvisation, 1750–1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. vii + 269. £55 ($99) hardback. 9780521897099.
Claire Brock
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 104-106.
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Sharon Ruston, Shelley and Vitality (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005), pp. 248. £55 hardback. 9781403918246.
Hugh Roberts
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 106-108.
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Bridget Keegan, British Labouring-Class Nature Poetry, 1730–1837 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 220 £45.00 hardback. 9780230536968.
John Goodridge and John Lucas (eds), Robert Bloomfield: Selected Poems, rev. and enlarged ed. (Nottingham: Trent Editions, 2007), 195 pp. £9.99 paperback. 9781842331217.
Robin Jarvis
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 108-109.
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Jonathon Shears, The Romantic Legacy of ‘Paradise Lost’: Reading against the Grain, The Nineteenth Century Series (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 232 £55.00 hardback. 978-0-7546-6253-2.
Jane Darcy
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 110-111.
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Michael O’Neill, The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. xii + 208. £49 hardback. 978 0 19 929928 7.
Edward Larrissy
Romanticism Apr 2010, Vol. 16, No. 1: 111-113.
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