New Issue of 19 on Victorian Sculpture

Issue 22 (2016) of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is now available. Issue 22 is titled “Victorian Sculpture” and is guest edited by Angela Dunstan.

From the editor: Victorian sculpture continues to challenge us. Despite Victorian studies’ masterful readings of painting and photography, three-dimensionality demands alternative approaches to appreciate nineteenth-century sculptural aesthetics and its place in Victorian culture. The articles assembled in this issue offer innovative readings of a range of encounters with Victorian sculpture, including the role of classical statuary in Victorian women’s writing; the church sculpture of Nathaniel Hitch; Queen Victoria memorials in New Zealand; imperialism and Henry Hugh Armstead’s Outram Shield; the reflexive influence of Robert Browning’s poetic and sculptural methodologies; the photographic afterlives of Hiram Powers’s Greek Slave; and the influence of chronophotography and motion studies in the movement from neoclassical to modernist sculpture in nineteenth-century Britain. Exhibition curators provide reflections on ‘Curating Victorian Sculpture’ in the second section of the issue, offering new perspectives on sculptors Alfred Drury and John Tweed. The third section, ‘Reviewing “Sculpture Victorious”’, features reviews of each incarnation of the exhibition held at the Yale Center for British Art and at London’s Tate Britain, and David J. Getsy’s afterword considers ‘Victorian Sculpture for the Twenty-First Century’, highlighting the significance of this issue of 19 for the field.

The issue contains:

‘Reading Victorian Sculpture’
Angela Dunstan

Reading Victorian Sculpture
‘Marmoreal Sisterhoods: Classical Statuary in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing’
Patricia Pulham

‘Nathaniel Hitch and the Making of Church Sculpture’
Claire Jones

‘“A token of their love”: Queen Victoria Memorials in New Zealand’
Mark Stocker

‘The Relief of Lucknow: Henry Hugh Armstead’s Outram Shield (c. 1858–62)’
Jason Edwards

‘Robert Browning, “SCULPTOR & poet”’
Vicky Greenaway

‘Photographs of Sculpture: Greek Slave’s “complex polyphony”, 1847–77’
Patrizia Di Bello

‘“A series of surfaces”: The New Sculpture and Cinema’
Rebecca Anne Sheehan

Curating Victorian Sculpture
‘Alfred Drury: The Artist as Curator’
Ben Thomas

‘Exhibiting Victorian Sculpture in Context: Display, Narrative, and Conversation in “John Tweed: Empire Sculptor, Rodin’s Friend”’
Nicola Capon

Reviewing ‘Sculpture Victorious’
‘Review of “Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837–1901” at the Yale Center for British Art, 11 September to 20 November 2014’
Jonathan Shirland

‘Review of “Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837–1901” at Tate Britain, 25 February to 25 May 2015’
Clare Walker Gore

‘Afterword: Victorian Sculpture for the Twenty-First Century’
David J. Getsy

New resource on teaching Victorian adaptation

We are pleased to see the launch of Streaky Bacon, a new online resource for teachers and students of Victorian adaptation. As founding editors Patrick C. Fleming, Victoria Ford Smith, Joanna Swafford, and Carrie Sickmann Han explain in their introductory essay, the site takes its title from Charles Dickens’s metaphor for the texture of stage melodrama, a popular medium into which Dickens’s own novels were frequently adapted. Victorian adaptation and Neo-Victorianism have a long history in scholarship (e.g. the journal Neo-Victorian Studies) and the popular imagination. The nineteenth-century web has also had much to offer the classroom. Yet Streaky Bacon marks a more explicitly pedagogical focus that has been noticeable lately, for example in the number of new resources published or in process at Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons. Given Victorian adaptations’ appeal to students, Streaky Bacon is a welcome addition to these teaching resources. The inclusion of discussion questions and bibliographies for further reading makes the write-ups well suited for both teaching preparation and student use. We can hope for many more additions to come, and scholars interested in writing about Victorian adaptations for the site can view the submission guidelines here.

Guest Post: The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog

Hello! I’m Arden Hegele, the Managing Editor of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog, and I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to introduce our website to readers of The Hoarding.

The NGSC is a forum for graduate students in Romanticism to participate in a community beyond their institutions. We share intellectual and professional resources to help all graduate students become active and engaged scholars, and our website is a resource for involvement in Romantic studies. Any student with an interest in Romanticism can become a member of the NGSC, and can participate to whatever extent they wish.

As well as providing a supportive and collegial platform for graduate student development, the NGSC Blog is dedicated to producing innovative and exciting content for our readers in the wider scholarly community. We publish new work by graduate student writers, who come from universities across the United States and Canada, and who represent a range of programs and disciplines, but all with an interest in Romanticism.

Our feature articles include inquiries into pedagogical strategies, investigative historical work, responses to lectures, interviews with senior scholars, book reviews, close readings, and even humorous quips. I hope you’ll take a look at some of our latest pieces, which have covered such varied topics as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Romantic-era tattooing, Byron’s Hebrew Melodies in concert, horror in medicine, and Keats and cognitive science. We also feature articles in series, including the Dialogues collaborations and the “On First Looking Into…” posts by undergraduate writers, as well as occasional guest posts by our colleagues in related fields.

Two of our contributors deserve special notice. The NGSC Blog is extremely fortunate to be able to feature the creative work of our Artist-in-Residence, Nicole Geary, and our Poet-in-Residence, Melissa Walter. Both Nicole and Melissa’s art emerges from an ongoing dialogue with Romanticism, as they interpret and evolve early nineteenth-century aesthetics into contemporary forms.

Readers from any area or stage of the discipline are welcome, and I hope that you become a reader of the NGSC Blog. Are you a graduate student, and would you like to write for us? Our general call for new writers takes place at the beginning of the Fall term, but feel free to contact me at any time about becoming involved, and check out our Board Members page for information about joining our listserv. Thank you for reading, and all the best from the NGSC Blog!

Arden Hegele is the Managing Editor of the NGSC Blog. She is a  Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and a SSHRC doctoral fellow.

Romantic Materialities, a Romantic Circles PRAXIS Volume (February 2015)

Romantic Circles has announced the release of Romantic Materialities, a volume in its PRAXIS series edited by Sarah Guyer and Celeste Langan, which contains: