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 year 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 2016 NAVSA annual conference took place at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona from November 2-5. The theme, “Social Victorians,” encompassed 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 included Gowan Dawson, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Leicester, and Caroline Levine, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A special symposium commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Steven Marcus’s The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England. You can find more information here.

On Friday, September 23, 9:00-5:30, the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University hosted a one-day colloquium: The New Seriality Studies, curated by Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Illinois) and Sean O’Sullivan (Ohio State). "The New Seriality Studies" looked at the past, present, and future of serial storytelling across media, periods, and disciplines. Three panels explored 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), featured a 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).

Fellow scholars met at Rutgers’s annual Nineteenth-Century Workshop on October 6-7. The topic this year was "Populations" with a Keynote Talk by Frances Ferguson (University of Chicago)
“Molding Populations: Deep Education” on October 6, 5 p.m. Workshop presenters included 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).

member news

Save the date for the annual CUNY Victorian Conference, which will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the CUNY Graduate Center. Details to follow.

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.

Next year's NAVSA annual conference will be held in Banff, Canada on November 16-18, 2017. A supernumerary conference will be held in Florence, Italy from May 17-20, 2017.










Last modified: Dec 5, 2016

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