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.



member news

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.

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.









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