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

Jonathan Grossman (UCLA) presented his current work at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, March 10 at 4pm in Room 4406. His talk asked, What is standardization? Where does its history begin? How might one theorize a process too often hazily reduced to "any set of agreed-upon rules for...production"? What would a criticism attuned to establishment of the meter and the imperial yard look like, given that metrology, the science of measurement, is so fundamental to the rise of modern standardization.

On March 17 and 18, 2017 the University of Delaware held an exciting two-day symposium, "Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art." In addition to keynote speaker Elaine Showalter, the speakers included Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Edward Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware). More information on the event is available at here.

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. This year's theme is "The Woman Card: Feminism and Victorian Studies, Past, Present, and Future." The event will feature not one but two keynote speakers, Isobel Armstrong and Elaine Showalter. Program details and speaker bios are availalable here.

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).

The NAVSA supernumerary conference will be held this summer in Florence, Italy from May 17-20, 2017. Hosted by NYU and Purdue University, the event will take place at NYU’s La Pietra campus in Florence. The NAVSA/AVSA La Pietra conference) will include a plenary lecture by Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters at the University of Iowa, as well as “material culture” workshops led by scholars largely on aspects of the La Pietra collection. Workshop leaders include: Francesca Baldry (NYU Florence), Dorothea Barrett (NYU Florence), Cristina Bellini (NYU Florence), Margherita Ciacci (NYU Florence), Jay Clayton (Vanderbilt), Dino Franco Felluga (Purdue), Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck), Jessamyn Hatcher (NYU), Leah Price (Harvard), Jonah Siegel (Rutgers), and Garrett Stewart (U Iowa). During this time, participants will also have a chance to choose one of two tours: one to the English Cemetery (led by Julia Bolton Holloway of the Biblioteca e Bottega Fioretta Mazzei, Italy); one to visit the Victorian holdings of the National Archives, Florence, with its director, Carla Zarrilli, and Caterina del Vivo of ANAI Toscana, Italy. The week preceding the conference, faculty will hold professionalization workshops for graduate students Confirmed guests include: Linda Bree (Cambridge UP), Ivan Kreilkamp (Indiana U), Mary-Elizabeth Leighton (U Victoria, Canada), Catherine Robson (NYU), Lisa Surridge (U Victoria, Canada) and Marlene Tromp (Arizona SU). More information is available here.

Next year's NAVSA annual conference on "Victorian Preserves" will be held in Banff, Canada on November 16-18, 2017. Details available here.

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium featuring Jonathan H. Grossman and Ellen Truxaw on A Duo of Nineteenth-Century Digital Art Projet was unforutnately snowed out. The event will be rescheduledat the Parsons School of Deisgn for next January. Click here for more information on the series.