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Tactile Awakenings: A working-class mother’s self-fashioned emancipation in Kate Chopin’s ‘A Pair of Silk Stockings’ (1897)

Tuesday 26th of May 2020 by Victorianist

Isobel Sigley is a first-year PhD candidate at Loughborough University. Her doctoral research project explores women’s short fiction in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century and the role of the haptic senses in the context of first-wave feminism. Centring on the New Woman movement of the fin de siècle, the project seeks to negotiate the boundary …

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‘The rose is not so fragrant as a summer flower, but it has stood through hardships none of them could bear’ : Female Emancipation through Nature in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)

Wednesday 20th of May 2020 by Victorianist

Hannah Bury is a first-year PhD candidate at the University of Salford. Her interdisciplinary doctoral project analyses intersectional representations of femininity and disability in nineteenth-century children’s literature. She has an article forthcoming with the Journal of Victorian Culture Online. You can find Hannah on Twitter @hannah_bury_ and can contact her at h.j.bury@edu.salford.ac.uk.   This post …

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Exploring William Morris in Tweets – Reflections on an Online Outreach Adventure

Monday 18th of May 2020 by Victorianist

  Dr. Sarah Mead Leonard recently completed her PhD in art history at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation, “’The beauty of the bough-hung banks’: William Morris in the Thames Landscape,” considers Morris’s inspiratory and industrial relationships with the River Thames and its tributaries. Her research focuses on Victorian and Edwardian landscapes, including designers’ and …

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Religion and Victorian Popular Literature and Culture: Twitter Taster Day

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 by Victorianist

Due to current circumstances, the VPFA Religion Study Day that was to have been held in Sheffield on 9 May 2020 has been postponed until spring 2021 (details TBC closer to the time). In the meantime, we are running a Twitter taster linked to the study day on Saturday 30 May between 11:00 and 17:00 BST. Over the course …

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Tracing ‘New Women’ Through the Edwardian Bookplate

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 by Victorianist

Dr Lauren Alex O’Hagan is a research associate in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University. Her current project is entitled ‘Reading, Writing and… Rebellion: Understanding Literacies and Class Conflict Through the Edwardian Book Inscription’ and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her research interests and publications focus largely …

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Ghostly Messages from Beyond the Titanic: W.T. Stead, Spiritualism, and The Blue Island

Monday 4th of May 2020 by Victorianist

Emily Vincent is a PhD researcher in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. Since receiving her MSt in English (1830 – 1914) from the University of Oxford, Emily has been researching how child loss was confronted in late-Victorian women’s writing. Her thesis examines the importance of spiritualism, ocular science, and domestic architecture in the …

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The Margaret Belcher Fellowship

Monday 20th of April 2020 by Victorianist

Applications are now open for the 2020/21, 2021/22 Fellowship positions. For more information and to apply visit: https://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/discover/work-for-us/ . This Visiting Fellowship was established through a legacy left to the College by the renowned Pugin scholar, Dr Margaret Belcher, who read English at St Hugh’s College in the late 1950s. Dr Margaret Belcher (Credit: The …

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#Dickens150 – A Virtual Conference

Monday 20th of April 2020 by Victorianist

9 June 2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of globally beloved author Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Unfortunately, many planned celebrations have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To encourage support of research and writing as our world copes with this crisis, and to bring us together for an important anniversary in …

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A Fluidity of Meaning – The Subversions of Pre-Raphaelite Gender in William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening Conscience

Monday 6th of April 2020 by Victorianist

Alex Round read English Literature and Language at Birmingham City University. She is currently an MRes humanities student at Newman University and an aspiring PhD candidate in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. Alex’s research concerns Pre-Raphaelitism art and literature, as well as Gothic literature and prose and poetry of the nineteenth century. She blogs at: https://preraphgirlgang.wordpress.com/ and can …

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What can scurvy tell us about Victorian culture?

Monday 30th of March 2020 by Victorianist

Ed Armston-Sheret is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research examines the ways that Victorian explorers prepared, used, and represented their bodies. His work has been published in the Journal of Historical Geography and the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. He tweets at @edarmston. …

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/PROPOSALS: RE-EXAMINING ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Thursday 26th of March 2020 by Victorianist

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/PROPOSALS: RE-EXAMINING ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE Cambridge Scholars Publishing announces a Call for Proposals/Submissions for a collection of essays provisionally entitled Re-examining Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Nils Clausson, author of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018; paperback 2019). The focus of the collection will be on re-examining …

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Postponed: BAVS 2020 Conference

Wednesday 25th of March 2020 by Victorianist

Dear all, We were looking forward to welcoming you all to Birmingham this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of BAVS. It is therefore with great regret that we announce that BAVS 2020 will be postponed until next year. After careful consideration and consultation with the BAVS Executive Committee, we decided that this is the only …

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CFP: Dickens and Decadence, 17-18 Dec 2020

Monday 16th of March 2020 by Victorianist

Dickens and Decadence Stockholm University, Sweden Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2020 Department of English and Department of Culture and Aesthetics Stockholm University 17-18 December 2020   Conference Homepage: https://www.english.su.se/2.60277 Keynote speakers: John Bowen (York), Dennis Denisoff (Tulsa) and Claire Wood (Leicester) In chapter nine of Joris-Karl Huysmans’ À rebours (1884), the protagonist des Esseintes …

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PGR Intern – Dickens Day 2020

Monday 16th of March 2020 by Victorianist

Applications are warmly invited for the role of Postgraduate Research (PGR) Intern on the organising committee of Dickens Day 2020. This role is ideal if you would like to help shape and run a major event in the Dickens studies calendar and gain valuable experience of conference organisation and administration. Established in 1986, and jointly …

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CFP: ‘I was Born a Naturalist’: Charles Darwin and Shrewsbury

Friday 6th of March 2020 by Victorianist

Call for Papers – ‘I was Born a Naturalist’: Charles Darwin and Shrewsbury Friday 3rd July 2020, University Centre Shrewsbury. We would like to invite you to a one-day symposium exploring Darwin’s origins in Shropshire. We will discuss the effects of Shrewsbury and its surrounding area on the young Charles Darwin. What were the influences …

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Call for Reviewers in Literature and Science

Thursday 5th of March 2020 by WebTeam

The Journal of Literature and Science http://www.literatureandscience.org is once again looking for reviewers to review various articles published in the last year to 18 months in the field of literature and science. Please find below a number of articles that we would like to offer for review. Its largely first come, first served, so do …

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Call for bloggers

Friday 28th of February 2020 by Victorianist

Are you interested in expanding your CV, gaining exposure for your research, and creating a professional online presence? Come and blog for BAVS! Our two blogging platforms are aimed at bringing together BAVS postgraduates and ECRs from across the humanities focusing on the Victorian period. Researcher Blog: We want to celebrate the diverse and groundbreaking …

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Romance, Revolution and Reform: Call for Submissions

Wednesday 5th of February 2020 by Victorianist

Romance, Revolution and Reform Call for Submissions: Reform From fraught restructures of the voting franchise and the education system, to vast infrastructural redevelopments and the overhaul of poor relief systems, an understanding of the reform movements of the long-nineteenth century and their various implications for politics, culture and society continue to play a central role …

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CFP: In Extremis (Edited Collection)

Friday 31st of January 2020 by Victorianist

  IN EXTREMIS: THE LIMITS OF LIFE, DEATH AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE LONG NINETEENTH Proposals of 500 words (please also include a short bio) due: April 30 2020 (notification by June) Final essays of 7,000-10,000 w0rds due: October 31 Proposals should be emailed to Lucy Cogan and Michelle O’Connell at inextremisconference@gmail.com Building on the exciting interdisciplinary …

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Two Decadent Events at Queen Mary in May

Tuesday 28th of January 2020 by Victorianist

Decadence and the Arts: A Symposium with Angela Dunstan, Stefano Evangelista, Hilary Fraser, Kate Hext, Ana Parejo Vadillo, Dennis Denisoff Friday 1 May Queen Mary University of London   CFP Reminder (Deadline 1 February 2020): Politics and Desire in a Decadent Age Friday 15 May Queen Mary University of London Keynote by Dennis Denisoff https://bams.ac.uk/2019/11/06/cfp-politics-and-desire-in-a-decadent-age-1860-to-the-present/ …

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Inaugural meeting of the British Genre and Narrative Painting: 1750-1870 research group, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 11 March 2020

Thursday 23rd of January 2020 by Victorianist

In 2019-20 Liverpool Hope University will be running a new subgroup of the British Art Network (https://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/projects/british-art-network). The subgroup – British Genre and Narrative Painting: 1750-1870 – will meet for the first time on 11 March 2020, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, from 10.45am – 4.00pm. The schedule will include a keynote talk by Professor Colin Cruise. …

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PhD Studentship – Victorian Literature – Aston University

Thursday 23rd of January 2020 by Victorianist

Aston University is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in any subject in the School of Languages & Social Sciences, starting October 2020. The right candidate would be eligible to complete a full-time, three-year PhD in Victorian literature and culture studying under Dr Abigail Boucher. Dr Boucher will consider applications that focus on any aspect of …

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CFP reminder: Literary Juvenilia, material imagination and ‘things’

Thursday 23rd of January 2020 by Victorianist

Literary Juvenilia, material imagination and ‘things’ Young writers ranging from Pope, Chatterton and Burns in the eighteenth century, to Austen, the Brontës, Eliot and Dickens in the nineteenth, and Edith Wharton, C.S. Lewis, Judith Wright and J.K. Rowling in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have found inspiration and example in the everyday context of their …

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V&A: Deciphering Dickens Research Fellow

Tuesday 21st of January 2020 by Victorianist

The V&A is seeking to appoint a part-time Research Fellow to join the V&A Research Institute’s Deciphering Dickens project, the aim of which is to reveal the author’s mind at work. The Project is developing a digital presence for the V&A’s Dickens manuscripts, proofs, printed publications, illustrations and related material. The writer’s methods are being …

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CFP: Irish Network for Nineteenth-Century Studies (INNS) Study Day

Tuesday 21st of January 2020 by Victorianist

  The Irish Network for Nineteenth-Century Studies (INNS) invites proposals for our second study day, to be held in UCD on Friday, April 17, 2020. The day will include quickfire work-in-progress sessions, a discussion group on a set text or image, a breakout session for postgrads, and a keynote on Victorian detective fiction by Dr …

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Victorian Studies Centre Spring Seminar Series, University of Leicester

Monday 20th of January 2020 by Victorianist

Spring Seminar Series, hosted by the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester. All are welcome at these free research-led seminars. No booking is required – just join us at 5.15pm in Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite 1, Fielding Johnson South Wing, University of Leicester, on alternate Wednesdays. (A map is available here). The programme …

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Register now: The Home in Modern History and Culture: AHRC-funded Conference at the University of Nottingham

Monday 20th of January 2020 by Victorianist

Register Now!   The Home in Modern History and Culture: AHRC-funded Conference at the University of Nottingham Monday 27 January 2020 Keynote: Professor Jane Hamlett (RHUL) Register for free here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-arts/humanities/history/the-home-in-history/index.aspx   The Home in Modern History and Culture will be the second in a series of three thematic workshops for our ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home …

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CFP: Entangled Modernities: New Directions in Settler Colonial and Critical Indigenous Studies

Thursday 16th of January 2020 by Victorianist

Entangled Modernities: New Directions in Settler Colonial and Critical Indigenous Studies 25th-26th May 2020, University of Kent Bonnie Devine, Titled/Untitled, 2018. Ink and crayon on paper. Courtesy of the artist. Map courtesy of Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). ‘There was never a single beginning point to for the history of this place. It wasn’t …

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Two Decadent Events

Saturday 11th of January 2020 by WebTeam

Decadence and the Arts: A Symposium with Angela Dunstan, Stefano Evangelista, Hilary Fraser, Kate Hext, Ana Parejo Vadillo, Dennis Denisoff Friday 1 May Queen Mary University of London CFP Reminder (Deadline 1 February 2020) Politics and Desire in a Decadent Age Friday 15 May Queen Mary University of London Keynote by Dennis Denisoff https://bams.ac.uk/2019/11/06/cfp-politics-and-desire-in-a-decadent-age-1860-to-the-present/

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Prismatic Jane Eyre Website

Thursday 9th of January 2020 by Victorianist

The website Prismatic Jane Eyre: An Experiment in the Study of Translations is now live at prismaticjaneeyre.org. Charlotte Brontë’s novel has been translated more than 500 times into more than 50 languages: the website offers interactive maps and visualisations of this phenomenon, together with some new ways of thinking about translation and world literature. Do please visit, share, subscribe to the …

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