BAVS@Home: Terrifying Tales of the Victorian Weird

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A Halloween-themed BAVS@Home session exploring nineteenth-century ghost stories

Wed, 27 October 2021 17:00 – 18:30 BST

‘Of course I do not believe in ghosts; but I don’t deny, any more than other people, that there are stories which I cannot pretend to understand.’

‘The Open Door’, Margaret Oliphant, 1881

Speakers:Dr Jen Baker (Warwick University), Dr Joan Passey (Bristol University), Dr Henry Bartholomew (University of Exeter), and Janette Leaf (Birkbeck College, University of London) and Daisy Butcher (University of Hertfordshire)

Hosts:Dr Heather Hind (University of Roehampton) and Dr Danielle Dove (University of Surrey)

Format:Via Zoom

In this Halloween-themed session, Dr Jen Baker, Dr Joan Passey, Dr Henry Bartholomew, Janette Leaf and Daisy Butcher will introduce their British Library ‘Tales of the Weird’ collections, focusing specifically on nineteenth-century ghost stories:

  • Cornish Horrors: Tales from the Land’s End, edited by Joan Passey
  • Crawling Horror: Creeping Tales of the Insect…

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CFP – Comic Verse of the 19th Century: Power, Politics, Poetics

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Grove House, University of Roehampton, London
Wednesday 20th July, 2022

“A servant write verses!” says Madam Du Bloom;
“Pray what is the subject? — a mop, or a broom?”

⎯ from Elizabeth Hands, ‘A Poem, On the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems by a Servant-Maid’ (1789)

Please you, excuse me, good five-o’clock people,
I’ve lost my last hatful of words,
And my heart’s in the wood up above the church steeple,
I’d rather have tea with the birds.

⎯ from Charlotte Mew, ‘Afternoon Tea’ (1903)

Literary critics have increasingly argued for poetics as an especially fecund space for social comedy and criticism. Gillian Beer, for example, demonstrates rhyme as “dialogue, quarrel and undersong…with the helpless excess of possibility that poises it always on the brink of comedy.” As a period in which nonsense, nursery rhyme and light verse…

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Press Release: The Kelmscott Press and Its Legacies

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A one-day symposium hosted by The William Morris Society

6 November 2021

Venue: St Bride Foundation, London

In 2021 it will be 125 years since the publication of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the crowning glory of Morris’s book printing venture. The William Morris Society is fortunate to own one of Morris’s original printing presses as well as a collection of Kelmscott Press books, original designs and proof pages.

The Kelmscott Press was Morris’s last great artistic venture. With the support of his friend and collaborator Emery Walker, Morris established a book printing operation near his home in Hammersmith. His respect for traditional craftsmanship, search for perfection in design and love of literature all came together in the books produced by the Kelmscott Press. The most ambitious of these was the complete works of Chaucer, described by Edward Burne-Jones as ‘like a pocket cathedral’. Published just months before Morris’s death, it embodies…

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CFP – Journal of Literary Multilingualism Special Issue: ‘Literary Multilingualism: The Future of the Field’

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Literary multilingualism studies is a relatively new but burgeoning area of research. With the impact of translation studies, the ‘transnational turn’ within literary studies, and the growingrelevance ofthe ‘postmonolingual condition’ in the contemporary world, multilingual and translingual writing practices – considered in the past to be exceptional and unusual – are now at the forefront of literary studies.

Scholars from a diverse range of linguistic, cultural, political, disciplinary and theoretical positions are contributing to the field, engaging with literature of all periods and all parts of the world. This rich diversity, however, means that there is currently little consensus on established terminology and on how ‘literary multilingualism’ might be defined. In addition to this, scholarship is fragmented in the sense that scholars engaging in one field of the discipline are often unaware of work being done in others. There is thus a strong need for more dialogue.

For this inaugural…

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CFP: Open Cultural Studies – The Relevance of Anne Brontë

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CALL FOR PAPERS for a topical issue of Open Cultural Studies


“Open Cultural Studies” ( submissions for the topical issueTHE RELEVANCE OF ANNE BRONTË IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD AND ELSEWHERE: CURRENT PERSPECTIVES, edited byJuan de Dios Torralbo Caballero (University of Córdoba, Spain).

Anne Brontë’s work, two novels and a handful of poems, constitute one of the vertices of theVictorian cultural and literary polyhedron, warranting study and reconsideration. 2020 marked200 years since Anne Brontë’s birth in Thornton, Bradford, with this bicentennial prompting freshexaminations and inquiries into her legacy.
This topical issue seeks to showcase novel perspectives on the work of Anne Brontë, with aspecial emphasis on various aspects of her literary and cultural prism. Firstly, it aims to delve intothe cultural traces that her legacy left through interconnected reflections on the context of herlife, her family’s creative…

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Nineteenth-Century Matters 2021-22

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Edge Hill University


Nineteenth-Century Matters is an initiative jointly run by the British Association for Romantic Studies and the British Association for Victorian Studies. Now in its sixth year, it is aimed at postdoctoral researchers who have completed their PhD, but who are not currently employed in a full-time academic post. Nineteenth-Century Matters offers unaffiliated early career researchers a platform from which to organise professionalisation workshops and research seminars on a theme related to nineteenth-century studies, and relevant to the host institution’s specialisms. The focus should be on the nineteenth century, rather than on Romanticism or Victorianism.

For the coming academic year, Nineteenth-Century Matters will provide the successful applicant with affiliation in the form of a Visiting Research Fellowship at Edge Hill University. The fellowship will run from 1st October 2021 – 30th September 2022. The fellow will become a member of the EHU Nineteen Research Centre and…

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ESSE 2021, S60: Dickens: Heirs and Heirlooms

ESSE 2021 (30 August – 3 September)

Dickens Society-Sponsored Panels

S60: Dickens: Heirs and Heirlooms
Tuesday 31 August, 10:30-12:30, 14:45-16:45 and 17:00-19:00

How to register:


Emily Bell (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)

Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes, France)

Céline Prest (France)

Panel 1: Tuesday 31 August, 10:30-12:30: Patterns of Inheritance in and after Dickens

Matthias Bauer (University of Tübingen, Germany) Angelika Zirker (University of Tübingen, Germany), Ambiguous Heirlooms: Freedom and/of the Past in Dickens

Katie Bell (University of Leicester, United Kingdom), The Haunting of Bleak House

Carra Glatt (Bar-Ilan University, Israel), These Three, Met Again: The Repression and Return of Edwin Drood

Daniel Jenkin-Smith (Aston University, United Kingdom), A World of Wills and Representations: Dickens’s Ambivalent Bureaucratic Idealism

Panel 2: Tuesday 31 August, 14:45-16:45: Dickens’s Generations

Nathalie Vanfasse (Aix-Marseille University, France), The Nature of Business Legacy in Dombey and Son

Eike Kronshage (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany), “[N]o trace to leave behind.” Vertical and Horizontal Financial Transmission as Dickens’s Critique of Industrial Capitalism in Dombey and Son

Lillian Nayder (Bates College, United States), Charles Dickens and the Second Son

Emily Bell (University of Leeds, United Kingdom), “[T]he curse of limpness”: The Dickens Family and the Authors’ Legacy

Panel 3: Tuesday 31 August, 17:00-19:00: Dickens Translated: Languages, Contexts, Forms

Claire Woods (Ulster University, United Kingdom), Vestiges of French influence or Dickens et l’héritage français

Shantanu Majee (Techno India University, India), Dickens in Bengal

Renata Goroshkova (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia), “Struggle between two different worlds. All against a snowy background”: Christmas after Dickens in Russian Literature of the 20th Century

Hugo Bowles (University of Foggia, Italy) and Claire Wood (University of Leicester, United Kingdom), Preserving and Expanding Dickens’s Shorthand Legacy – The Dickens Code Project

Emma Curry and Aine McNicholas (V&A, United Kingdom), Deciphering Dickens: Digital Challenges and Opportunities

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CFP: Radicalism and Reform, 19C Studies Assoc. Conference

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The 43rd Annual Conference
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
Rochester, New York
March 16-19, 2022

Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2021

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Inspired by the history of radicalism and reform in Rochester, New York, the NCSA committee invites proposals exploring the radical possibilities of the nineteenth-century world. From the aftershocks of the French and American revolutions to mutinies and rebellion in colonies across the globe, the nineteenth century was a period of both unrest and possibility. Abolition, suffrage, and reform movements reshaped prisons, education, and housing, marking this century as a period of institutional making and unmaking: a reckoning with ills of the past that was also profoundly optimistic about a more just and prosperous future.

Radicalism is also a generative term for considering transitional moments or social tensions: “radical” is often used interchangeably with “extreme,” but its earliest definitions describe not what…

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Part-time paid research assistant required for The Curran Index

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We are delighted to announce that The Curran Index is recruiting a part-time, paid research assistant to help the current editors, Dr Emily Bell and Dr Lara Atkin, to expand the attribution data that is currently incorporated into the Index.

The Role 

A Research Assistant is required to undertake archival work examining the Chambers Journal ledgers at the National Library of Scotland. The ideal candidate will be based in easy travel distance of the NLS and will have a research background in Victorian periodical studies, either studying for a PhD or post-doctoral. You will be expected to examine the Chambers’s Journal Ledgers, particularly the notebooks containing details of the cash payments made to authors for contributions to the journal and other work between 1839-1903. High quality scans of these ledgers should be taken, and a research report produced highlighting any attribution data gathered from the ledgers that could be integrated…

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Author event with Victorianist Lee Jackson

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The Reading Agency and Yale University Press are pleased to announce an author event with Victorianist Lee Jackson, author of Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment.

In his latest book, Lee charts the rise of well-known institutions such as gin palaces, music halls, seaside resorts and football clubs, as well as the more peculiar attractions of the pleasure garden and international exposition, ranging from parachuting monkeys to theme park thrill rides. He explores how vibrant mass entertainment came to dominate leisure time and how the attempts of religious groups and secular improvers to curb ‘immorality’ in the pub, variety theatre and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success. You can find out more about the bookhere.

The event is to be hosted online on Wednesday 25th August (7-8PM).

Book via Eventbrite here:

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