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
February 2-4, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina
The 2017 NCSA conference will take place on February 2-4 in the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1670, Charleston is intimately linked with the history and culture of the nineteenth-century American South. The beautifully preserved historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers numerous examples of eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture and maintains a strong sense of the early outlines of the town. In addition to historic sites, museums, plantations, lovely coastal scenery, and mild temperatures, in recent years Charleston has also developed a vibrant restaurant scene, boasting several James Beard Award winning chefs and several listings on national “best restaurant” lists. Charleston is regularly listed among the top tourist sites in the nation; in 2015 both Conde’ Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines named Charleston was named the #1 city for travelers in the US. (Conde’ Nast Traveler ranked Charleston the #2 city in the world.)
The Francis Marion Hotel is located on the edge of the historic district, within easy walking distance of iconic Charleston attractions and restaurants. The hotel was built in 1924, at which time it was one of Charleston’s most luxurious hotels. In 1996 it was re-opened after an extensive renovation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Francis Marion is a beautiful and comfortable hotel. (And the shrimp and grits in their restaurant was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best in Charleston!) The Charleston International Airport in served by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and US Air, and the airport is twenty minutes from the hotel.
We hope that you will join us in Charleston in 2017 for excellent scholarship, good food, and the opportunity to discover one of the United States’ most historic cities.
Over the summer, while 19 cents will continue to post updates of news and items of general interest, we will be taking a break from posting Q&A profiles every Monday. We have been delighted by the reception of this new feature, which is meant to introduce ourselves to one another in a personal yet professional manner. Although we are on semi-break, we are prepping for the fall, and are hopeful that you, our faithful readers, might help us in our work by contributing answers to this query: What questions would you like to ask our colleagues? I am afraid the current mix of questions (see after link) is not only limited in variety but also favors my literature background, so we are especially excited to hear suggestions representing all of NCSA members' various fields of scholarly interest.
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Linda Gertner Zatlin is Professor of English at Morehouse College, where she teaches nineteenth-century British poetry, prose, and the novel. She has written two monographs on Aubrey Beardsley, Beardsley, Japonisme, and the Perversion of the Victorian Ideal (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and Aubrey Beardsley and Victorian Sexual Politics (Oxford University Press, 1990). With the British art critic Simon Wilson she co-curated a 1997-98 exhibition in Japan, Aubrey Beardsley: A Centenary Tribute, for which they co-wrote the first scholarly exhibition catalogue. In March 2016, Yale University Press (London) will release her two-volume Aubrey Beardsley: A Catalogue Raisonné, which brings together for the first time Beardsley's 1250+ drawings (splendidly reproduced by Yale). She is currently working on a revision of Beardsley’s letters, into which she will interpolate 114 unpublished, previously unknown letters, that she found in auction catalogues, online, and in private and public collections. A co-founder of NCSA, Linda currently serves on its Senior Advisory Committee and the editorial board of Nineteenth Century Studies.
Is there anything from the nineteenth century you wish would come back into fashion? I would love to experience the tradition begun in the late 1880s of . . .
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Caroline McCracken-Flesher is a Professor of English at the University of Wyoming. Though primarily a Victorianist, she researches extensively in pursuit of the novel, and in every direction in Scottish Studies. Her books include Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow (Oxford, 2005), The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders (Oxford, 2012) and an MLA volume of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (2012). She is working on a scholarly edition of Kidnapped, and is co-editing The Edinburgh Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Writers with Alan Riach. In process of investigating Burke and Hare and the literary afterlives of their many crimes, she became intrigued by David Pae's novel Mary Paterson, or, The Fatal Error (1864-65). Pae was a successful serial novelist, writing for the Dundee People’s Journal. Featuring contributions from its readers, and highly popular and readable serials from authors like Pae, the Journal became widely distributed. Mary Paterson, with the murder everyone knew was coming mid-way through the book, boosted sales across the country. Dr. McCracken-Flesher’s edition of Mary Paterson is available this June from the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.
What was the last book you read? I just finished reading Tim Baker’s Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition, and Megan Coyer and David Shuttleton’s edited volume Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. They are the kind of expansive . . .
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is the Visiting Assistant Professor in the John V. Roach Honors College and the 2014-2015 Honors Professor of the Year at Texas Christian University. Her areas of specialization include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, poetry, and gender studies. Her book, George Eliot, Poetess
(Ashgate 2014), represents the first full-length study of the poetry of George Eliot and explores Eliot’s reliance on a poetess tradition that was deeply invested in religion and feminine sympathy.
If you could go back to the nineteenth century to change one thing, what would it be? I would make child abuse (including child labor) a criminal offense.
Who was your favorite professor in graduate school and why? I worked closely with Linda Hughes, who . . .
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