CFP: “Sentiment and Sensation,” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (Austin, TX), Sept. 2012

Call for Papers
Sentiment and Sensation in Victorian Periodicals
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference

September 14-15, 2012

University of Texas at Austin

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) will hold its annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin, September 14-15, 2012. While papers addressing any aspect of Victorian periodicals will be considered, RSVP particularly welcomes proposals for papers on the discourse of sentiment and sensation in the newspaper and periodical press that variously promoted or targeted readerships, established journalistic networks or brands, and shaped, responded to, and/or addressed cultural and ideological concerns.

Suggested themes include but are not limited to:

• The serialization of sensation fiction
• Sentimental or sensational illustration
• Major scandals, legal cases, crimes, or controversies
• Affect, cognition, and readerly sensations
• Sentimental poetry or fiction in periodicals
• The rhetoric of sentiment/sentimentality
• Sport or theatrical sensations
• Gender and periodical genres
• Entrepreneurialism and fame
• Sensational formatting and headlines
• The feeling of print or the materiality of periodicals
• Physiology and psychology in the press

Please e-mail two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or panels of three to  Please include a one-page C.V. with relevant publications, teaching, and/or coursework. The deadline for submission of proposals is Feb. 1, 2012. Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.

The program will also include a plenary speech named in honor of Michael Wolff, a presentation by the winner of the 2012 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize, and workshops devoted to digital resources and to methods of teaching periodicals.

RSVP will announce travel grants for a few graduate students presenting papers closer to the time of registration. Graduate students interested in applying for travel grants should include a cover letter explaining how their conference proposal fits into their long-term research plans as well as any other special considerations. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2012.

For information about local arrangements, check the RSVP conference website,, or contact Conference Chair Kathryn Ledbetter,


CFP: “Landmarks,” British Women Writers Conference (Boulder, CO), June 2012

CFP: The 20th Anniversary British Women Writers Conference (BWWC)


June 7-10, 2012
Boulder, CO

In 2012, the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) will commemorate its 20th anniversary by focusing on the theme of “Landmarks.”  Rich in both physical and metaphorical significance, landmarks form loci by which we organize history and chart the development of individuals, nations, and cultures. We therefore invite papers that explore how women writers and their texts engage with an ever-changing geography that is both material and abstract. These conference papers should address the people, places, events, and texts that have made their marks on history, and/or the processes and implications of marking, mapping, reading, preserving, overwriting, or erasing. Likewise, we wish to investigate land as space and place, acts and effects of landing or arriving, marks of land upon people and cultures, geographical and imaginative landscapes, liminal no-(wo)man’s-lands, and the state of being landed (or not) with property.

Please send a 500-word abstract to by January 15, 2012. Panel proposals are also welcome and are due by December 15, 2011. Papers should address the conference theme and apply it to 18th-century, Romantic, or Victorian texts. See the conference website for more details:

Possible topics include:

– Landmark Events and Ideas: Historical moments; defining milestones; turning points; crises or victories; anniversaries; stages; experiments; memories or visions; aesthetic debates; scientific discoveries; technologies
– Landmark Works: Publication and reception; authorship or readership; emerging genres; histories or chronicles; canon formation; travel writing
– Geographical Land Marks: Historical or tourist sites; borders and national boundaries; high points and burials; property and ownership; memorials, monuments, museums; ruins and traces
– Making Marks: Print culture; media; diaries and personal writings; glosses, annotations, and marginalia; building, development, or enclosure; landscaping and gardening; architecture; fashion and costume design; cosmetics and tattoos; creating space and place; epitaphs, cemeteries, tombs
– Reading, Interpreting, or Imagining Lands/Marks: Physiognomy or phrenology; psychics; reading practices; sciences of navigation; distance and time; fictional worlds
– Mapping/Preserving Marks: Maps and cartography; emblems; classification systems; libraries, museums, collections
– Marks of Land on People: Farming and agriculture; gentility and nobility; industry; food and foodways; defining the local, national, imperial, native, or foreign
– Contested Marks and Marks of Difference: Stealing/transplanting landmarks; marks of faith or creed; religious practices; the supernatural; commerce, currency, credit; ownership; identity politics or marginalization

“John Thelwall: Critical Reassessments” (new RC Praxis volume)

Also newly available from Romantic Circles Praxis:

John Thelwall: Critical Reassessments
A Romantic Circles Praxis Volume
Edited by Yasmin Solomonescu

New Romantic Praxis volume, “Romantic Frictions,” now available

Romantic Frictions
A Romantic Circles Praxis Volume
Edited by Theresa M. Kelley

Table of Contents

RaVoN Issue 56

Issue 56 of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net contains the following essays:

  • Julie Murray, “At the Surface of Romantic Interiority: Joanna Baillie’s Orra” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Laurie Langbauer, “Marjory Fleming and Child Authors: The Total Depravity of Inanimate Things” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Eric Lindstrom, “What Wordsworth Planted” [HTML] [Abstract][Table of Contents]
  • Jennifer Sarha, “‘The Sultan’s self shan’t carry me’: Negotiations of harem fantasies in Byron’s Don Juan” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Heidi Scott, “Apocalypse Narrative, Chaotic System: Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne and Modern Ecology” [HTML] [Abstract] [Table of Contents]
  • Céline Sabiron, “Crossing and Transgressing Borders in The Heart of Midlothian” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • David Buchanan, “Scott Squashed: Chapbook Versions of The Heart of Mid-Lothian” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Heidi J. Snow, “William Wordsworth’s Definition of Poverty” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Julianne Buchsbaum, “Abjection and the Melancholic Imagination: Towards a Poststructuralist Psychoanalytic Reading of Blake’s The Book of Urizen” [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Allison Dushane, “Mere Matter:” Causality, Subjectivity and Aesthetic Form in Erasmus Darwin [HTML] [Abstract]
  • Maureen N. McLane, “British Romanticism Unbound: Reading William St Clair’s The Reading Nation : A Review Essay” [HTML] [References]

The issue also contains reviews of books by David Fairer; Michael O’Neill; Noel Jackson; Anne-Lise François; Penny Fielding; Peter W. Graham; James H. Donelan; Mike Goode; Richard Bronk; Rachel Teukolsky; Jason Rudy; Elizabeth Carolyn Miller; Nicholas Frankel; Sandra Hagen and Juliette Wells; Sara Malton; Nancy Henry and Cannon Schmidt; Susan David Bernstein and Elsie B. Michie; Jenny Holt; Matthew Rubery; Kathryn Ledbetter; Cheryl A. Wilson; Gwen Hyman; Sue Thomas; Stefanie Markovits; John Plotz; and David Lloyd.

Studies in Romanticism 50.1 (Spring 2011) Available

Here are the articles and reviews from the latest issue of Studies in Romanticism (50.1, Spring 2011).

1. “My Soul in Agony”: Irrationality and Christianity in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Author: Stokes, Christopher

p. 3-28

2. “Striking Passages”: Memory and the Romantic Imprint
Author: Miller, Ashley

p. 29-53

3. Wordsworth’s Epitaphic Poetics and the Print Market
Author: Hess, Scott

p. 55-78

4. Keeping Nature at Bay: John Clare’s Poetry of Wonder
Author: McAlpine, Erica

p. 79-104

5. Night in Novalis, Schelling, and Hegel
Author: Gwee, Li Sui

p. 105-124

6. Keeping Time with the Mail-Coach: Anachronism and De Quincey’s “The English Mail-Coach”
Author: Maa, Gerald

p. 125-143

7. Emotions in Translation: Helen Maria Williams and “Beauties Peculiar to the English Language”
Author: Joy, Louise

p. 145-171

8. William Blake and the Hunt Circle
Author: Ripley, Wayne C

p. 173-193

9. Andrew Franta, Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public
Author: Eckert, Lindsey

p. 195-198

10. Devoney Looser, Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850
Author: Staves, Susan

p. 198-202

11. Ian Dennis, Lord Byron and the History of Desire
Author: Franklin, Caroline

p. 202-205

12. Denise Gigante, Life: Organic Form and Romanticism
Author: Goslee, Nancy Moore

p. 205-213

13. Andrew Piper, Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age
Author: Stauffer, Andrew M

Accepting Applications: Gale Dissertation Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media

Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship in Nineteenth-Century Media

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the third annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year’s passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Purpose: The purpose of the Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship is two-fold: (1) to support historical and literary research that deepens our understanding of the 19th-century British press in all its rich variety, and (2) to encourage the scholarly use of collections of full-text digital facsimiles of these primary sources in aid of that research.

Eligibility: Eligible for this award is any currently enrolled postgraduate student, in any academic discipline, who by the end of 2011 will have embarked on a doctoral dissertation or thesis that centrally involves investigation into one or more aspects of the British magazine and newspaper press of the 19th century. Preference will be given to projects that are interdisciplinary in approach, and that propose to use innovative methods of exploration that are uniquely possible with online collections. The digitized collections used in this research may include those created by any publishers or projects, whether commercial or non-commercial.

Applications: Applicants should send a c.v. and the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her dissertation project; it is expected that one of these will be the student’s dissertation director. The project description (approx. 500-800 words) should concisely explain the aims of the proposed research and the key importance of the role of full-text digitized collections in that research. Applications for the Gale Fellowship for dissertation research to be undertaken in 2011 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to by October 15, 2011. Any queries about the application may be sent to the same address.

Applicants will be notified in January. The successful applicant will be expected to submit a brief report to RSVP at the conclusion of the funded portion of the project, describing the results  of the research.

For more information and news about the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, please visit its webpage at