Welcome to the Nineteenth Century Studies Association website, where we hope you will find information about the Association, its interests and outlets, as well as enticements to join in the many conversations we have on and beyond these pages.

We are an interdisciplinary Association interested in exploring all aspects of the long nineteenth century, from science to music, from architecture to religion, from movement to literatures—and beyond. We hope you will peruse these pages as a volume inviting you to join us at our annual spring meeting, and we ask you to join our community of those with nineteenth century interests.

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Attention NCSA Members

NCS Forum

Now that you've submitted your paper proposal for the upcoming conference in Lincoln, please consider writing a review for our online NCS forum. As we've done in the past, we’ve posted a list of possible review titles related to both our previous and our upcoming NCSA conference themes. If you are interested in reviewing a title to maintain momentum engaging with the topic of materiality, or if you want to start thinking about “the new,” check out http://english.selu.edu/ncs/online_reviews.php for guidelines and the review lists. Contact Jennifer Hayward (jhayward@wooster.edu) with ideas.
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Volunteers Needed!

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After a weekend spent chatting about the nineteenth century at the fantastic Victorians Institute conference in Spartanburg and then surviving epic rainfall in South Carolina, I have the temporary bad news that 19 Cents's Monday Q&A profile will not be posted until Tuesday morning. If you enjoy reading these profiles and are missing the pleasant opportunity to meet electronically a fellow scholar of the nineteenth century, please consider volunteering to be profiled yourself.

Do you have a monograph, edited collection, or scholarly article that will be soon or was published within the last year? Are you the recipient of a grant that has not long ago or will soon reach one of its project milestones?  Have you recently won an award related to your scholarly or pedagogical work in the nineteenth century?

If so, we want to hear from you!

Please send one or two sentences describing your accomplishment to Kate Oestreich at koestrei@coastal.edu, and we will be back in touch regarding when you will be featured on 19 cents.

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Q&A Arnold Schmidt

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Arnold Anthony Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of English at the California State University, Stanislaus, received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.

Schmidt’s film credits include serving as Assistant Producer on "The Silence," an American Film Institute production nominated for a 1983 Academy Award best short dramatic film; writing a screenplay for Deja Vu, a 1984 Cannon Films feature starring Jaclyn Smith, Nigel Terry, Shelley Winters, and Claire Bloom; and writing the story for the "Tommy's Lost Weekend" episode of the Warner Bros. sitcom Alice, which was nominated for a 1985 Emmy Award and received 1986 Letter of Commendation from Los Angeles County for its treatment of teenage alcoholism.

His academic articles on Byron, Conrad, Garibaldi, Godwin, Scott, Mary Shelley, and Wordsworth have appeared in such venues as the Byron Journal, the Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and The Wordsworth Circle, as well as in the anthologies Fictions of the Sea and Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad’s Ideology & Art, which just appeared in a Polish translation. His first book, Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism, from Palgrave-Macmillan (2010), received an Elma Dangerfield Award from the International Byron Society.

Schmidt received an award as the 2013 Research Professor of the Year from CSU Stanislaus, where he teaches classes in Film, Literature, and Creative Writing. In 2015, he received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship to pursue research at San Marino’s Huntington Library. His three-volume, 24-play anthology of British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850 is forthcoming from Pickering & Chatto/Routledge in 2017.


Is there anything from the nineteenth century you wished would come back into fashion? Salons. I wish we had regular . . .

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The Nineteenth Century on Film

Call for Reviews

  As scholars of the long nineteenth century, we benefit from a wealth of films about the people and places we study, from adaptations of novels to biographies of prominent figures, from exposés of crimes and scandals to epics treating historic events.  These films may present the era accurately or bring to life twentieth- and twenty-first-century misconceptions of the Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian periods, anachronisms and all.  Like any interpretations of earlier historical periods, these films often tell us more about the moment of their creation than the nineteenth-century period in which their narratives take place.   

NCSA’s “The Nineteenth Century on Film” invites reviews and “think pieces” about cinematic representations of the long nineteenth century.  These might include new films currently in theatres, recent films from the past few years, or classic sound and pre-sound films from days gone by, whatever inspires thought and provokes conversation.  We invite writings, formal and informal, 900-1200 words, on a range of topics and approaches limited only by your imagination.  Below, you’ll find a few off-the-shelf lists of films set in the period.  If you’d like to compose something about any relevant film, please contact Arnold Anthony Schmidt at aschmidt@csustan.edu.   

1.) Amazon's List of  Best-Movies-Based-on-Nineteenth-Century-Novels

2.)  Two IMDB  List::    http://www.imdb.com/list/ls057403177/

3.)  http://www.imdb.com/list/ls003020675/

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CALL FOR PAPERS from Graduate Student Caucus of NCSA

“New and Novel Ways of Teaching the Nineteenth Century.”

In the spirit of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association's conference theme, “The New and the Novel in the 19th Century/New Directions in 19th Century Studies," the NCSA Graduate Student Caucus invites submissions for the panel “New and Novel Ways of Teaching the Nineteenth Century.” The panel will be held at the annual meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 13-16, 2016.

One of the greatest challenges of any educator is bringing the past to life in an accessible, engaging way for students. This panel seeks to collect and present innovative ways of teaching the nineteenth century in a college or advanced high school classroom. Topics could include: teaching and discussing nineteenth century texts, incorporating visual and audio material, developing multi-modal and digital assignments, bringing interdisciplinary approaches to the classroom, or teaching the controversial. Papers can focus on an individual assignment or activity or a more general philosophy or pedagogical practice. We also welcome alternative interpretations of the theme.

This panel is open to scholars from all disciplines, although graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Please email a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to ncsagradcaucus@gmail.com by Monday, September 28, 2015. For more information on NCSA or the 2016 conference, please see http://www.ncsaweb.net/Current-Conference.

The NCSA Graduate Student Caucus

Amy Arbogast, University of Rochester
Angie Blumberg, Saint Louis University
Ashley Rye-Kopec, University of Delaware

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