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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Gerardo Del Guercio has taught at the Royal Military College of Canada (St-Jean) and Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf. He is the author of The Fugitive Slave Law in The Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: American Society Transforms Its Culture
(Edwin Mellen, 2013). Additionally, he has published essays on Benjamin Franklin, Henry James, Nathaniel West, and Jean Toomer. His works have appeared in several journals including Southern Studies
and College Language Association Journal
, as well as The Early America Review
. He holds a bachelor’s of arts from Concordia University, a master’s of arts from l’université de Montréal, and a TESOL from York College, CUNY. At present, he is teaching English in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and completing his teacher training at Binghamton University, SUNY.
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Julia O'Toole is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Historical Musicology at Boston University, completing her dissertation Comedy and National Identity in the Music of Antonín Dvořák’s Comic Operas. Dvořák’s oeuvre encompasses almost every category of sacred and secular music, including songs, chamber music pieces, large choral-orchestral works, symphonies, and symphonic poems. Yet in a 1904 interview, Dvořák himself said that opera was “the most suitable form for the nation.” Even so, many of his operas are relatively little-known. Often thought of as a “symphonic composer,” his body of work includes ten operas – one more than his nine symphonies. The music in Dvořák’s comic operas is the umbrella under which comedy and nationalism meet. The comic dimension may have provided an acceptable outlet for nationalist expression, or the pressure of nineteenth-century cultural politics may have called for comic relief. Whatever the motivation, the juxtaposition of comedy and nationalism is illustrated and served by Dvořák’s compositional choices.
Beginning her musical career as a singer, Julia has since discovered that her passion to perform lies with conducting choral-orchestral repertoire. She is founder and Artistic Director of Calliope, Boston’s collaborative choral/orchestral ensemble (www.calliopemusic.org). In this capacity, she leads professional, semi-professional, serious amateur, and conservatory students, including both instrumentalists and singers.
If you could go back to the nineteenth century to change one thing, what would it be? The burning of . . .
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ideas.
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 email@example.com, and we will be back in touch regarding when you will be featured on 19 cents.
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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