Special “Keywords” issue of VLC (Fall-Winter double-issue)

Victorian Literature and Culture‘s new editors, Rachel Ablow and Daniel Hack, have started their editorship with a very different sort of issue. The current double-issue (46.3-4, Fall/Winter 2018) consists of over 100 short entries on keywords of our current moment in Victorian studies. In the editors’ own words, these are not Raymond-Williams-style conceptual histories, but essays on keywords of the current moment in Victorian studies, many of which “stake out a position, promote an agenda, and advocate directions for future research.” The full introduction can be read here at Cambridge Core, and the whole issue will be open access for a full year.


19 issue on Victorian Ecology available

The latest issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, a special issue on Victorian Ecology, is now available. From the journal:

“The nineteenth century witnessed a transformation in how the relationship between the human and the non-human world was understood. In the sciences, a more contextual approach to studying the relationship between animals and plants saw the biologist Ernst Haeckel coin the term ‘ecology’ to refer to ‘the relationship of the organism to the surrounding exterior world’. Outside of the sciences, the social and environmental consequences of industrialization and urbanization were informing a growing cultural understanding of the dynamic relationship between human societies and the non-human world upon whose resources they relied. This issue of 19 focuses on the development of ecological ideas in Victorian culture and literature. Building on the recent turn to ecocritical methodologies within Victorian studies, it examines the Victorian roots of the Anthropocene, the proposed epoch in which human actions are seen to have shaped ecological and geological systems at a planetary level, and suggests the ways in which Victorian culture can help us both historicize and theorize our present planetary condition. Comprised of five scholarly articles and an interview with Claire Colebrook, a literary theorist who has turned to the philosophical implications of the Anthropocene in recent years, this issue brings to light the multifaceted and heterogeneous understanding of ecology in the Victorian period. It covers topics as diverse as climate change, animal welfare, queer ecology, labour conditions, and imperial expansion, and traces ecological ideas in canonical figures, such as John Ruskin and Thomas Hardy, and lesser studied writers, such as Edward Carpenter and Ada Cambridge, as well as in the broader material culture of autobiography, periodical fiction, and paintings.”

Issue 26 (Victorian Ecology) contains:

  • Introduction: Victorian Ecology and the Anthropocene, by Wendy Parkins and Peter Adkins
  • Storm-Clouds on the Horizon: John Ruskin and the Emergence of Anthropogenic Climate Change, by Jesse Oak Taylor
  • Edward Carpenter’s Queer Ecology of the Everyday, by Wendy Parkins
  • Ecologies of Labour: The Anthropocene Body as a Body of Work, by Vybarr Cregan-Reid
  • ‘Raising high its thousand forked tongues’: Campfires, Bushfires, and Portable Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century Australia, by Grace Moore
  • Seeing Animals on Egdon Heath: The Democratic Impulse of Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, by Anna Feuerstein
  • Interview–Victorian Studies in the Anthropocene: An Interview with Claire Colebrook; by Peter Adkins, Wendy Parkins, and Claire Colebrook

New issue of 19, “Replicating Bodies”

Issue 24 of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is now available. The issue, edited by Will Abberley, is titled “Replicating Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Science and Culture.” It contains:

  • Will Abberley, “Introduction: Replicating Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Science and Culture”
  • Corinna Wagner, “Replicating Venus: Art, Anatomy, Wax Models, and Automata”
  • Kristin D. Hussey, “Seen and Unseen: The Representation of Visible and Hidden Disease in the Waxworks of Joseph Towne and the Gordon Museum”
  • Verity Darke, “Reading the Body-Object: Nineteenth-Century Taxidermy Manuals and Our Mutual Friend
  • Treena Warren, “Holy Horror: Medicine, Martyrs, and the Photographic Image 1860-1910”
  • Christopher Pittard, “V for Ventriloquism: Powers of Vocal Mimicry in Henry Cockton’s The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist”
  • Jane Goodall, “Between Science and Supernaturalism: Mimesis and the Uncanny in Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Culture”


JVC 22.3 (September 2017) available

Journal of Victorian Culture 22.3 (September 2017) is now available. It contains:


Original Articles 


  • Paris is a Moveable Feast, Peter Blake (review of Elisabeth Jay’s British Writers and Paris 1830–1875)
  • Secrets and Lies, Rohan McWilliam (review of David Vincent’s I Hope I Don’t Intrude: Privacy and its Dilemmas in Nineteenth-century Britain and Privacy: A Short History)


Victorian Poetry 55.1 (Spring 2017)

The Spring 2017 issue of Victorian Poetry, guest-edited by Letitia Henville and dedicated to the work of Augusta Webster, is now available. Issue 55.1 contains:

European Romantic Review 28.3 (June 2017) now available

European Romantic Review 28.3 (June 2017) is now available. Dedicated to the 2016 NASSR conference, “Romanticism and Its Discontents,” the special issue contains the following:


Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 13.1 available

Issue 13.1 of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is now available. It contains the following articles and reviews: