CFP: “Guarding Innocence” in 19thC Britian and America


3-4 September, 2010 at the University of Cambridge

This conference will seek to explore 19th century concerns about the power
of ‘negative’ influences upon individuals and society.  It will attempt not
only to document the attention paid to the perceived dangers of moral
corruption, but also to describe how ‘innocence’ was conceptualized as a
moral category, and to understand its cultural, philosophical, and religious
underpinnings.  The keynote address will be given by Dr. Rochelle Gurstein,
author of ‘The Repeal of Reticence: A History of America’s Cultural and
Legal Struggles over Free Speech, Obscenity, Sexual Liberation, and Modern
Art’ (Hill and Wang, 1996).  Dr. Gurstein will be speaking on the ‘reticent
sensibility’, and how its status was threatened from the new ‘agents of

It is hoped that the conference will shed light both on the conservative
consolidation characteristic of the changes in public morality in the early
part of the century, and also the way that this consolidation was reshaped
and contested in the ensuing decades.  While the conference will be grounded
in a historical approach to the subject, relevant papers from other
disciplines are encouraged, including literature, ethics, theology, and
political theory.

Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing the following

* changes in the extent and manner of moral protectionism over the period
* philosophical and religious roots of an ‘ethic of innocence’
* perspectives on childhood ‘innocence’, character development, and the role
of formative influences in education
* the role of the legal arena in upholding/challenging norms of public morality

Paper topics might address:  eighteenth century and ‘Enlightenment’
influences on nineteenth century public morality; the role of evangelicals
and moral reform efforts in changing moral codes in the early century; the
impact of aestheticism; compared expectations of innocence for men and
women; the Obscene Publications Act (1857) and efforts to ‘purify’ print
culture; Anthony Comstock and the evolving role of vice societies in Britain
and America; ideals of innocence as reflected and subverted in the novel;
and progressivism’s inner conflict between moral improvement and freedom.

Proposals for 20-minute papers, with a 250-word abstract, may be sent to
David Sandifer at before 30 June 2010.  Travel bursaries
will be available for speakers, contingent upon funding.


The Wordsworth Circle: New Issue (Winter 2010), Papers from Grasmere 2009



Winter, 2010

Papers from the Grasmere Summer Conference 2009

Darwin and Romanticism by Gillian Beer

Wordsworth’s Response to Darwin by Robert M. Ryan

A Question of Nature: Byron and Wordsworth by  J. Andrew Hubbell

Three Aspects of Darwin’s Ethical Practice by Peter W. Graham

Time to Retire? Coleridge and Wordsworth Go to Work by Paul H. Fry

Wordsworth’s Maculate Exception: Achieving the “Spots of Time” by Peter Larkin

Shelley’s Good Vibrations: His Marginal Notes to Hartley’s Observations on Man by Ann Wroe

The 1850 Prelude and the Ethics of Editions by W. Michael Johnstone


“The Old Cumberland Beggar”: Form and Frustrated Sympathy by Joshua King

Prophecy and Imagination in the Romantic City by Tim Fulford

Unsocial Kant: The Philosopher and the Un-regarded War Dead by David L. Clark

Lean Earth Off Trees Unaslant, V  by Peter Larkin

CFP: “Money/Myths,” NCSA Conference, Arizona State, March 3-6, 2011

Call for papers:


32nd Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association

March 3-6, 2011

Arizona State University, Tempe & Phoenix, Arizona

How was money understood in the nineteenth century? in its global context? by laborers? How did the ideation of money evolve around and through art, music, race, nation, and empire? How did the stories told about money influence people and practices? What role do myths play in comprehending money? How were relations between people mediated by narratives of money? relations between nations? This theme would invite papers and panel proposals concerning any aspect of money/myth during the long nineteenth century, including, but not limited to the “myths” or “realities” of trade, debt, industry and investment, economics, money-lending, poverty, consumer culture, class relations, race relations and their economic implications, gender politics, masculinity and femininity as shaped by/of money, sexual politics, sexuality and the law, aesthetics, art and art collecting, theater and performance politics, religion and wealth, social service programs, education, travel, entertainment, sporting, financing and producing wealth through science, international connections and compacts, public/private divide, differential health care, class mobility, marriage, widowhood, inheritance, prostitution, child rearing, infanticide, property politics, movements motivated by money (Chartism, socialism, communism, trades unions, reform), immigration, empire, war, and slavery. Equally welcome are paper and panel proposals concerning the processes of creating mythic structures around money including governmental campaigns, the publishing industry, legal processes, military campaigns, advertising, propaganda, and novelizations.

Abstracts (250 words) for 20 minute papers, author’s name and paper title in heading, with one page c.v. by September 15, 2010: Marlene Tromp, Program Chair, Denison University:

Presenters will be notified by December 15, 2010.

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted can at that point submit a full-length version of the paperto compete for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Registration and accommodation information available November 15, 2010 at

Keynote Speaker:

Mary Poovey, Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities, Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge and Department of English, New York University. Author of Genres of the Credit Economy (2008), A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (1998), Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830-1864 (1995), Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England (1989), and The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen (1984), all with University of Chicago Press.

Victorian Poetry (Spring 2010): Special Issue on the Book Arts

The Spring 2010 issue of Victorian Poetry has just appeared, featuring articles on the Books Arts, with specific reference to the Literature by Design series now being published by Rice University Press:

Volume 48, Number 1, Spring 2010

Table of Contents

From Blake to Beardsley: “On Some of the Characteristics of Modern Poetry”
pp. 1-9
Literature by Design Since 1790
pp. 11-40
Inventing Poetry and Pictorialism in Once a Week: A Magazine of Visual Effects
pp. 41-72
Palms and Temples: Edward Lear’s Topographies
pp. 73-94
Embodying the City in A London Garland
pp. 95-136
Le Petit Journal des Refusées: A Graphical Reading
pp. 137-169

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

The Spring 2010 issue of the Victorian Periodicals Review is now available from 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

English Literature in Transition: Spring 2010 issue

The new issue (53:2) of English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 is now available via Project MUSE:


Monsieur Voiron in Kipling’s “The Bull That Thought”: What the Critics Missed
pp. 131-149
Catastrophe and Development in the Adventure Romance
pp. 150-169
Reclaiming Late-Victorian Popular Fiction
pp. 170-181
Gertrude Bell and the Poetics of Translation: The Divan of Hafez
pp. 182-203
Child Sacrifice and the Crisis of Gender in Mary Cholmondeley’s Major Fiction
pp. 204-218

Book Reviews

Shaw: “For God’s sake, stop selling my books, or I shall be ruined”
pp. 219-222
Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections
pp. 223-226
Conan Doyle: Private Letters
pp. 226-229
Class in Late-Victorian Britain
pp. 229-233
Vernon Lee’s Supernatural Tales
pp. 233-237
Woolf: A Critical Biography
pp. 237-240
The “New” Tradition of Eliot
pp. 241-244
Modernism: Sex & Pleasure
pp. 245-248
From 1894: A Sunless Heart
pp. 248-251
Reading Modernist Time Through Four Women Writers
pp. 251-254