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.
News and Events
Molly Youngkin is Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where she specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and teaches courses in Victorian literature, as well as gender studies and narrative theory. Her first book, Feminist Realism at the Fin de Siècle: The Influence of the Late-Victorian Woman's Press on the Development of the Novel
(Ohio State UP, 2007), examines the influence of feminist ideals in the debate over realism in the work of men and women authors writing in the 1890s. She also has published an annotated edition of Sarah Grand’s 1888 novel Ideala
(Valancourt Books, 2008), which was one of the earliest New Woman novels and helped lay the foundation for the intellectually independent woman of the 1890s. Her latest book, British Women Writers and the Reception of Ancient Egypt, 1840-1910: Imperialist Representations of Egyptian Women
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), focuses on British women writers’ knowledge of ancient Egypt and how this knowledge influenced their writings about women’s emancipation.
What was your favorite discovery / serendipitous moment when conducting research on the nineteenth century? Reading about the periodical Shafts in Kate Flint’s The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 and realizing that I had a mine of . . .
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Anna Maria Jones is Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where she also directs What’s Next
, a university-wide initiative that focuses on integrative learning to prepare undergraduates to meet their professional, civic, and educational goals. In the Department of English she teaches Victorian and neo-Victorian literature, literary theory, history of the novel, and Japanese anime and manga. She is the author of Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensational Self
(Ohio State, 2007) and co-editor, with Rebecca N. Mitchell, of the forthcoming essay collection, Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts
(Ohio). Her articles on nineteenth-century topics have appeared in journals such as Novel
, LIT: Literature, Interpretation, and Theory
, Victorian Literature & Culture
, and, most recently, BRANCH
. Recent articles on neo-Victorian manga have also appeared in Criticism
and Neo-Victorian Studies
. Her current monograph project explores transnational and transmedial engagements with and appropriations of the Victorians. She is also working on articles on transnational neo-Victorianism and on the Victorian art of novel writing.
If you had the ability to tour the nineteenth century for one hour and you could visit as many places / events as you could, regardless of distance, how would you build your itinerary? I think I would want to eavesdrop on . . .
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This week, we are breaking with form and profiling both Susan Cook and Elizabeth Henley, who co-authored the interdisciplinary article, "Reading Communities in the Dickens Classroom" (Pedagogy April 2015). It's a bit of a longer read than normal, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
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After an experimental year living in Perth, Australia, Vice President Drew Hubbell will return to the States where he will re-assume his position as Associate Professor at Susquehanna University. While abroad, he became co-convener for No Fracking WA, a grassroots organization dedicated to banning unconventional gas development in Western Australia. He also completed his monograph, Byron's Nature: A New Theory of British Romantic Ecology and wrote several other essays. And finally, he was issue co-editor for Landscapes: the Journal for the International Centre for Landscape and Literature (available at http://ro.ecu.edu.au/landscapes/). He is looking forward to joining friends at 2017 NCSA.
Additionally, his essay, "It Cannot Be a Sin to Seek / To Save an Earth-Born Being": Radical Ecotheology in Byron's Heaven and Earth," is just published in Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies, ed. Dewey Hall (New York: Lexington) 2016. It is a collection by new and established ecocritics exploring new directions of ecocriticism in Anglo-American Romanticism, ready for anybody's critical review.
Dear NCSA Member,
As our Constitution details, NCSA is expected to hold elections—and they are now available. As a current member of NCSA, I hope you will take the two minutes it takes to cast a vote in this important effort; you will find pictures and bios for each candidate to Board membership available on our website. You need to “Log In” to the NCSA Website and then click on the “Members’ Area” that will appear in the top menu bar in order to access the voting portion of the site, which will be open for the next three weeks.
Many thanks for participating in this voting process! It is far less tempestuous than the other election process currently going on, but the folks willing to serve NCSA thus would no doubt appreciate you taking the time to cast a vote.
You have to click on “Members Area,” get to that page, and then hover over the bit in the bar to get “2016 elections” to drop down as an option you can click on. Then you can vote!
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