New online edition: The Poetry of Sidney A. Alexander, ed. Terry Meyers

The full text of a new edition of The Poetry of Sidney A. Alexander, edited by Terry Meyers, is available here (scroll to the bottom):

The Poetry of Sidney A. Alexander

Bust of Sidney Alexander Image reproduced by permission of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Not all to that Bright Station: The Poetry of Sidney A. Alexander rescues from oblivion the works, largely unpublished, of a Victorian poet who abandoned his nascent literary ambitions. Alexander (1866-1948) won the prestigious Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford, and began to place his poetry in periodicals. His last appearance in those was in 1891, after which he began a rise in the Anglican Church that led to prominence, if not fame.

As a student at St. Paul’s School, Alexander distinguished himself by winning a number of prizes and awards, accomplishments he repeated as an Exhibitioner at Trinity College, Oxford. In 1887, he read his winning Newdigate Poem, “Sakya-Muni: The Story of Buddha,” in the presence of Robert Browning. Several of his poems were accepted by leading periodicals of the day; some were reprinted in America.

But from about 1891, Alexander turned his attention to his ecclesiastical career, which culminated in his appointment as a canon at St. Paul’s Cathedral. His position as Treasurer included fundraising and responsibility for the fabric of the cathedral; he was successful in both areas, helping to protect the structure from damage from commercial development in the City and from German bombs during the Blitz. His accomplishments, however, did not lead to what Alexander devoutly wished, appointment as Dean of St. Paul’s.

The works in this edition, mostly unpublished, come from a notebook where Alexander transcribed fair copies of his work. Though the juvenilia may be of little interest, Alexander’s sensibilities and capabilities as a poet do develop, and his later works, especially the narrative poems, have a certain power. His works will interest especially those drawn to Victorian religious poetry.

The poems are presented as scans of Alexander’s holograph transcriptions accompanied by a typescript transcription and explanatory notes. The last pages of the notebook offer the evidence for Alexander’s contemplating a more sustained poetical career. The editorial matter includes a biographical sketch of Alexander and, in the appendices, his Newdigate poem, an unrecorded printing of a St. Paul’s prize poem, and several works from much later in his career. See too:

New Ashgate Titles in 19th-Century Studies (2011)

Ashgate Publishing is pleased to present its most recent titles in Victorian scholarship.

Please visit for more details.

  • Jane Austen’s Anglicanism, by Laura Mooneyham White, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

February 2011     228 pages              Hardback

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-1-4094-1864-1

  • The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857: Entrepreneurs, Connoisseurs and the Public, by Elizabeth A. Pergam, Dian Woodner Collection, New York

Includes 12 color and 53 b&w illustrations

May 2011              396 pages              Hardback

  • Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch, edited by Colette Colligan and Margaret Linley, both at Simon Fraser University

The Nineteenth Century Series
Includes 45 b&w illustrations

March 2011          316 pages              Hardback

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-1-4094-3113-8

  • Pirates and Mutineers of the Nineteenth Century: Swashbucklers and Swindlers, edited by Grace Moore, University of Melbourne, Australia

Includes 10 b&w illustrations

March 2011          314 pages              Hardback

  • Poetics of Luxury in the Nineteenth Century: Keats, Tennyson, and Hopkins, by Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol, Trinity University, Texas

The Nineteenth Century Series

May 2011              222 pages              Hardback

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-1-4094-0490-3

  • Reimagining the Transatlantic, 1780-1890, by Joselyn M. Almeida, University of Massachusetts,Amherst

Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies

June 2011             294 pages              Hardback

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-0-7546-9761-9

  • Sir John Gilbert: Art and Imagination in the Victorian Age, edited by Spike Bucklow and Sally Woodcock

A Lund Humphries Book

Includes 100 color and 75 b&w illustrations

March 2011          264 pages              Hardback

  • Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel: Prisms of Culture, by Jean Arnold, California State University, San Bernardino, California

Includes 10 b&w illustrations

June 2011             182 pages              Hardback

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-1-4094-2128-3

  • Victorian Transformations: Genre, Nationalism and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Literature, edited by Bianca Tredennick, SUNY College of Oneonta

The Nineteenth Century Series

Includes 4 b&w illustrations

April 2011             214 pages              Hardback

This title is also available as an eBook, ISBN 978-1-4094-1188-8

Romantic and Victorian Scholarship from Cambridge University Press: New Books

Some new and forthcoming books in the field from Cambridge UP:
Blake's Gifts

Blake’s Gifts

Poetry and the Politics of Exchange
  • Sarah Haggarty
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521117289)
  • Publication date: October 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1700-1830

The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • John Worthen
  • Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521746434)
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  • Publication date: October 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1700-1830

The Cambridge Introduction to William Wordsworth

The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism

  • 2nd Edition
  • Stuart Curran
  • Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521136051)
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  • Publication date: August 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1700-1830

Commonplace Books and Reading in Georgian England

  • David Allan
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521115346)
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  • Publication date: August 2010

Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination

Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination

  • Katherine Byrne
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521766678)
  • Publication date: January 2011
  • Subject: English literature 1830-1900

The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens

  • Jon Mee
  • Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521676342)
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  • Publication date: November 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1830-1900

Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing

  • Adela Pinch
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521764643)
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  • Publication date: August 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1830-1900

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

New Books in 19th-Century Studies from Pickering and Chatto

The following titles relevant to Nineteenth-Century Studies have recently been published by Pickering and Chatto:

Blasphemy in Britain and America, 1800-1930

The Collected Letters of Ellen Terry

New Woman Fiction, 1881-1899

Regionalizing Science: Placing Knowledges in Victorian England

Rural Unwed Mothers: An American Experience, 1870-1950

The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Language of Whiggism: Liberty and Patriotism, 1802-1830

English Catholics and the Education of the Poor, 1847-1902

Public Execution in England, 1573-1868

Fictions of Dissent: Reclaiming Authority in Transatlantic Women’s
Writing of the Late Nineteenth Century

New Palgrave Title on 19th-Century Visual Culture

To be released on December 11, 2010, a new book from Palgrave:

Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures

Palgrave Macmillan

Through a close encounter with material objects and cultural experiences this book transforms the way we read the literary and the visual in the nineteenth century. The photograph, the illustrated magazine and the collection became centres of multisensorial perception through looking, reading, handling, sharing and writing. Attention to these embodied practices helps flesh out forms of perception and circulation which deferred and transformed desire and pleasure across media. Capturing the historically specific modes in which such objects were produced, encountered, and conceptualised, the essays in this collection argue against the separation of the senses and rethink the manner in which visuality touches the beholder both literally and metaphorically. Through early and late nineteenth-century episodes in the cultures of viewing, reading, and collecting this book makes new and sometimes surprising connections between Romanticism and the fin de siècle. Through its exploration of a material aesthetic this book offers fresh and original readings of works by William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde, among others.

Foreword; H.Fraser
Introduction: Nineteenth-Century Objects and Beholders; L.Calè & P. Di Bello

Ekphrasis and Terror: Shelley, Medusa, and the Phantasmagoria; S.Thomas
Wordsworth’s Glasses: the Materiality of Blindness in the Romantic Vision; H.Tilley

The Wont of Photography, or the Pleasure of Mimesis; L.Smith
Aesthetic Encounters: the Erotic Visions of John Addington Symonds and Wilhelm Von Gloeden; S.Evangelista

‘Latent Preparedness’: Literary Association and Visual Reminiscence in Daisy Miller; G.Smith
A Modern Illustrated Magazine: The Yellow Book Poetics of Format; L.J.Kooistra

Dandyism, Visuality and the ‘Camp Gem’: Collections of Jewels in Huysmans and Wilde; V.Mills
The Book Beautiful: Reading, Vision, and the Homosexual Imagination in Late Victorian Britain; M.Hatt


Two New Books on 19th-Century Book History: Piper and Ferris/Keen (eds.)

Two notable books have recently appeared on the relationship of books and book history to our understanding of the nineteenth-century.

The first is Andrew Piper’s Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (University of Chicago, 2009).  This looks like an extremely interesting book, and I’ll be reviewing it next year for Studies in Romanticism. Here is Piper’s description:

“At the turn of the nineteenth century, publishing houses in London, New York, Paris, Stuttgart, and Berlin produced books in ever greater numbers. But it was not just the advent of mass printing that created the era’s “bookish” culture. According to Andrew Piper, romantic writing and romantic writers played a crucial role in adjusting readers to this increasingly international and overflowing literary environment. Learning how to use and to want books occurred through more than the technological, commercial, or legal conditions that made the growing proliferation of books possible; the making of such bibliographic fantasies was importantly a product of the symbolic operations contained within books as well.

“Examining novels, critical editions, gift books, translations, and illustrated books, as well as the communities who made them, Dreaming in Books tells a wide-ranging story of the book’s identity at the turn of the nineteenth century. In so doing, it shows how many of the most pressing modern communicative concerns are not unique to the digital age but emerged with a particular sense of urgency during the bookish upheavals of the romantic era. In revisiting the book’s rise through the prism of romantic literature, Piper aims to revise our assumptions about romanticism, the medium of the printed book, and, ultimately, the future of the book in our so-called digital age.”

Piper’s book also has its own blog, or booklog, available here.

The second book of note is a collection of what look to be fascinating essays, Bookish Histories, edited by Ina Ferris and Paul Keen; can’t wait to see this:

Bookish Histories
Books, Literature, and Commercial Modernity, 1700-1900
Edited by Ina Ferris and Paul Keen
Palgrave Macmillan

Introduction: Towards a Bookish Literary History; I.Ferris & P.Keen

Wild Bibliography: The Rise and Fall Book History in Nineteenth-Century Britain; J.Klancher
‘Uncommon Animals’: Making Virtue of Necessity in the Age of Authors; P.Keen
Making Literary History in the Age of Steam; W.McKelvy

Canons’ Clockwork: Novels for Everyday Use; D.Lynch
Book-Love and the Remaking of Literary Culture in the Romantic Periodical; I.Ferris
The Art of Sharing: Reading in the Romantic Miscellany; A.Piper
Getting the Reading Out of London Labor; L.Price

Reading Collections: The Literary Discourse of Eighteenth-Century Libraries; B.M.Benedict
Imagining Hegel: Bookish Form and the Romantic Synopticon; M.Macovski
‘The Society of Agreeable and Worthy Companions’: Bookishness and Manuscript Culture after 1750; B.A.Schellenberg
The Practice and Poetics of Curlism: Print, Obscenity, and the Merryland Pamphlets in the Career of Edmund Curll; T.Keymer
Charlatanism and Resentment in London’s Mid-Eighteenth Century Literary Marketplace; S.During