New Website and Manifesto: The V21 Collective

For those who have not yet seen it, the new V21 Collective, which released a manifesto on the state of Victorian studies earlier this month, has been generating a lively discussion. The collective’s manifesto diagnoses Victorian studies with a set of problems stemming from “positivist historicism,” and suggests that even new methods like surface and distant reading are symptoms of an “infatuation with the accumulation of information.”

As one might hope, a provocation of this sort is leading to a wide-ranging discussion. The first and second sets of responses are now online and open for comment.

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