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

In Books, Digital resources on February 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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Not all to that Bright Station: The Poetry of Sidney A. Alexander rescues from oblivion the works, largely unpublished, of a Victorian poet who abandoned his nascent literary ambitions.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The works in this edition, mostly unpublished, come from a notebook where Alexander transcribed fair copies of his work.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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_A._Alexander

New Website for RaVoN

In Articles, Digital resources on March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Along with the announcement of their latest double-issue, the editors of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net also announce the launch of a new website for the journal, at http://ravonjournal.org. The announcement, which you can read here, also indicates that the website will serve as host to some of the new features planned for RaVoN.

Guide to Digital Scholarly Resources for the Study of Victorian Literature

In Digital resources on February 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

The most recent issue of Victorian Literature and Culture (39:1; March 2011) contains a review essay or guide I wrote outlining the available digital scholarly resources for the study of Victorian literature.

That guide is available in full text here,  with live links to the relevant material.

Journal of Victorian Culture Online: New Online Edition of JVC

In Digital resources on September 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm

The editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture is pleased to announce the creation and launch of its online edition, the Journal of Victorian Culture Online: http://myblogs.informa.com/jvc/

In addition to featuring some content from the print edition of the journal in the “Out Now” and “Coming Soon” sections, JVC Online hopes to support lively scholarly exchanges on the “Editor’s Blog” and “Reader’s Form” pages. The “Events” and “Resources” sections will keep scholars up-to-date on conferences, associations, and digital archives. Given popular culture’s interest in the nineteenth century, we have created the “Victorians Beyond the Academy” section to facilitate discussion of Victorian-related exhibits, films, television series, art, objects, comic books, and various other current cultural artifacts, ephemera, and events.

Embracing the participatory possibilities of digital publishing, we cordially invite the Victorian studies scholarly community to contribute to the site by posting original content and commenting on existing posts. We envision this site as a  dynamic and collegial virtual space, giving nineteenth century studies scholars a unique venue to consider new ideas and share insights. We look forward to your contributions and comments!

Lisa Hager
Online Editor

University of Wisconsin – Waukesha
1500 North University Dr.
Waukesha, WI 53188-2720
Office: 129 Westview
lisa.hager@uwc.edu || http://www.lisahager.net/
Second Life: LisaLucas Kaestner

William Godwin’s Diary: Web Project and Conference

In Conferences, Digital resources on October 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

A research team at the University of Oxford has been awarded a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to digitize the diary of William Godwin, located in the Abinger Collection in the Bodleian Library. The project will be directed by Mark Philp.

Project website: http://godwindiary.politics.ox.ac.uk/

The group will hold a conference in July 2010. The deadline for submissions (Oct. 1) has unfortunately just past. Speakers at the conference will include John Barrell, Luisa Calé, Julie Carlson, Greg Claeys, Pamela Clemit, Beth Lau, Jon Mee, Jane Moody, and Philip Schofield.

Studies in Romanticism: New Web Site

In Articles, Digital resources on September 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

The Hoarding has just become aware of a new website for the journal Studies in Romanticism, published at Boston University under the editorship of David Wagenknecht (Chuck Rzepka will reportedly be taking the helm next year). Not all of the links are working as of this posting, but in any case this is a very welcome resource:


My post of the Table of Contents from the most recent (Spring 2009) issue is also available.

Edgar Allan Poe at the HRC: New Digital Resource

In Digital resources on September 4, 2009 at 10:57 am

The Hoarding happily notes the launch of The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection at the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin, which follows on a great Poe exhibition that has just closed here at the University of Virginia.

The collection contains “more than 4,000 digital images of manuscripts, correspondence, books, portraits, news clippings, and more related to Poe.” The website contains the following description:

“This digital archive was launched to accompany the 2009 Poe Bicentennial exhibition, “From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe,” a joint venture of the Ransom Center and the Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The digital collection incorporates images of all Poe manuscripts and letters at the Ransom Center with a selection of related archival materials, two books by Poe annotated by the author, sheet music based on his poems, and portraits from the Ransom Center collections. Poe’s manuscripts and letters are linked to transcriptions on the website of the Poe Society of Baltimore.”

New Books on Literature 19: Online Reviews in 19th-Century Literary Studies

In Digital resources on September 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Cross-posted from NASSR-L, courtesy of James Heffernan:

“Launched at Dartmouth College on September 1, 2009,  nbol-19.org is an Online Review of Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth Century.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Dean of Humanities, it is edited by James Heffernan with technical guidance from  Thomas Luxon  and editorial advice from an international group of thirty-three specialists in nineteenth-century literature.

“This site aims to revolutionize academic reviewing.  While academic studies of literature must normally wait at least two years to be reviewed in printed journals, this site will strive to assess  new books within ninety days of their publication, will invite authors to respond to each review within thirty days of its submission,  and will also welcome comments from visitors to the site.  Taking advantage of web resources, its reviews will include pictures from the books it reviews and links to relevant material on other sites.  With reviewers ranging from graduate students to chaired professors and emeriti,  this site has commissioned  just over one hundred reviews of books published in 2009, is already posting nearly thirty  of them, and aims to have the rest up by next April.  Meanwhile, its Books Announced list for 2009 briefly describes all the  books  it will review.”

Dickens’s Global Circulation Fellowship (deadline August 17, 2009)

In Digital resources on August 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

As posted by Professor Regenia Gagnier:

NEW Research Fellow in British Academy supported pilot project on the global circulation of the novels of Charles Dickens (Fixed Term) (Ref. N2243)
The starting salary will be circa £24,000 pro ration Grade E
Closing date: 5:00pm on 17 August 2009.

Associate Research Fellow in the Global Circulation of Literature and Culture
(Fixed term) (Ref. N2243)

This new full time fixed term Associate Research Fellowship post is available from 1 October 2009 until 19th July 2010 to support a pilot funded by a British Academy Research Development Award for the Global Circulation of Literature and Culture Project.

The Global Circulation Project directed by Professor Regenia Gagnier and supported by Wiley-Blackwell’s Literature Compass (http://www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/literature/) and NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship,http://www.nines.org/) is a global map and e-dialogue on how key Anglophone works, authors, genres, and literary movements have been received, imitated/mimicked, adapted, or syncretised outside Britain, Europe, and North America, or, conversely, how key works from outside these areas have been received, imitated/mimicked, adapted, or syncretised within Anglophone literary traditions. It asks, what forms of intertextuality, reception, etc. are generated through cultural contact?

In the pilot project on the global circulation of the novels of Charles Dickens, we are asking:

* How has Dickens been received, imitated/mimicked, adapted, or syncretised outside Britain, Europe and North America?
* What forms of intertextuality have been generated with indigenous cultural forms?
* What is the role of Dickens’s Britain in the imaginary of other cultures?

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or comparable research experience and publications in the global circulation of literature and culture and/or Victorian Britain and cultural contact. Bi- or multi-literacy is desirable, especially bi-literacy in Chinese-English or Arabic-English literatures. Research skills in print and digital archives are essential. Depending on linguistic expertise and the results of archival research, the ARF will select one or two geographical/linguistic areas or time periods after 1830 on which to focus and will publish at least one article on his or her specialism. He or she will also have the opportunity to teach one or two undergraduate modules in a related area. Some travel may be required, e.g., to the Ada B. Nisbet archive at the Dickens Project, UC Santa Cruz, California.

The starting salary will be circa £24,000 pro rata on Grade E.

Application packs are available from http://www.admin.ex.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/N2243pdf

Completed applications should be forwarded to Ms Jenny Hickman, SALL Research Administrator, Room 250, School of Arts, Literatures and Languages, Queen’s Building, The Queen’s Drive, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QH or email to J.A.Hickman@ex.ac.uk.

The closing date for completed applications is 5:00 pm on 17th August 2009 and interviews will be held the week commencing 30 August 2009.

Romantic Circles Reviews Re-Launched

In Digital resources on May 29, 2009 at 9:41 am

Jack Cragwall has just announced the re-launch of Romantic Circles Reviews, now a blog in which reviews of recent work in Romanticism will be posted. The blog also includes the complete archive of previous reviews. This is a welcome event, as the site has been relatively dormant for a while now.

New reviews published today:


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