Victorianist Collective

who we are

In the autumn of 2010, it occurred to some of us in the greater New Haven-New York-Philadelphia area that we enjoyed the extraordinary good fortune of living and working in a region abounding with scholars and teachers of various aspects of nineteenth-century British studies. Taking advantage of this geographic concentration of Victorianists, we decided to form a "collective" in order to facilitate exchange and collaboration among ourselves and our graduate students. read more


what we do

brunel Consult the Events Calendar at the right to learn about talks in the region relating to the long nineteenth century. Click on the event to get more info about the speaker and location. Once inside, you can also sign up to receive an email reminder, to be notified of new events, or to add the event to your calendar. (After a busy spring, the events calendar is taking a well-deserved break. Stay tuned).

This summer we will start collecting more information on graduate students' interests. If you have a webpage you should feel free to send the link immediately to Olivia Moy; otherwise she will be soliciting info regarding your interests in the next month or two, to help students meet kindred spirits from different colleges.

Post your courses! If you are teaching a graduate seminar this coming fall or spring on a theme of interest to Victorianists, the time has come to write to Olivia Moy so that she can post the details here. Please format your information as laid out below and send it to Olivia ASAP: Title of Course (specify fall or spring); time/day schedule for class meetings; first day of class; location (if known); number of credits; short description of course/texts. Click here to see what has come in so far.

recent events

The New York-Cambridge Teaching Collaboration (NYCTC) in modern British history recently sponsored a public conversation on "The Victorians and the Moderns: How does the 19th century speak to the 21st?" The event will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the KJCC Ground Floor Auditorium, on Friday, September 16. Participants included Peter Mandler (Cambridge), Martha Hodes (NYU), Seth Koven (Rutgers), Ren Pepitone (University of Arkansas), and Arthur Spirling (NYU).

The theme of the 2016 annual CUNY Victorian Conference was "Ocean's 19: Currents in Victorian Transoceanic Studies." The conference took place on Friday, May 6, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing all day. We looked at Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean studies, transatlantic maritime practicies, ecocritical and geological readings, and Victorian marine science. Speakers were Margaret Cohen, Charne Lavery, Jason Rudy, Cannon Schmitt, Chris Taylor, and Hester Blum, with Amitva Ghosh giving our keynote address.

On Wednesday, May 4, friends gathered at the CUNY Grad Center from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in honor of the retirement of Gerhard Joseph. The celebration started with a talk by George Levine, Rutgers, followed by comments from others and a reception.

A two-day conference in honor of Linda Peterson on British Women Writers was held May 7-8 at Yale University.


member news

On Friday, September 23, 9:00-5:30, the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University will host a one-day colloquium: The New Seriality Studies, curated by Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Illinois) and Sean O’Sullivan (Ohio State). From Charles Dickens and the Star Wars epic, to The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, and the Serial podcast, seriality’s iteration of installments, gaps, sequences, and seasons has drawn audiences into storyworlds both vast and intimate. "The New Seriality Studies" looks at the past, present, and future of serial storytelling across media, periods, and disciplines. Three panels explore periodicals, novels, television, comics, film, and music in light of the cross-genre play of seriality’s formal, spatial, temporal, material, and social effects. The closing roundtable, moderated by Sharon Marcus (Columbia), features discussion with A.O. Scott (film critic, The New York Times), Julie Snyder (co-creator and executive producer, the Serial podcast), and Lev Grossman (book critic, TIME, and author of the Magicians trilogy). Panel Participants: Emily Bloom (Columbia), Jared Gardner (Ohio State), Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Illinois), Linda Hughes (Texas Christian), Amy King (St. John's), Rob King (Columbia), Kathleen Loock (Freie University, Berlin), Sharon Marcus (Columbia), Helena Michie (Rice), Sean O’Sullivan (Ohio State), James Braxton Peterson (Lehigh), Michael Szalay (UC Irvine), Robyn Warhol (Ohio State). A complete schedule can be found here.

Please join fellow scholars at Rutgers’s annual Nineteenth-Century Workshop, October 6-7. The topic this year is "Populations" with a Keynote Talk by Frances Ferguson (University of Chicago)
“Molding Populations: Deep Education” on October 6, 5 p.m., in the Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick. Open to the general public. Workshop Presenters: Sari Altshuler (Emory), Molly Farrell (Ohio), Emily Hainze (Columbia), Catherine Howe (Williams), Randall Knoper (U Mass), Jonathan Schroeder (Chicago), Laura Soderberg (Penn), Andrew Urban (Rutgers), Gregory Vargo (NYU), and David Womble (Chicago).

The Annual Conference of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA) will be held on April 21-23, 2017 at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The topic of this conference is "The Question of Victorian Literature," with a plenary panel featuring Lauren Goodlad (Illinois), Gauri Viswanathan (Columbia), and Carolyn Williams (Rutgers). Proposals are due October 15. CFP details here.

The 2016 NAVSA annual conference will take place at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona from November 2-5. The theme, “Social Victorians,” encompasses the social and the anti-social, the traditional and the contested, the local and the global, the metropolitan and the colonial, the human and the non-human, and myriad forms of expression, control, and exchange. Keynote speakers include Gowan Dawson, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Leicester, and Caroline Levine, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A special symposium will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Steven Marcus’s The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England. Check back for the conference website. The CFP deadline will be February 1, 2016. You can find more information here.










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