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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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Q&A: Erin Louttit

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Erin Louttit is an independent scholar. She lives in the Netherlands, where she has taught at Radboud University. Her PhD was awarded by the University of St Andrews for her thesis “Rudyard Kipling and Victorian Buddhism”, and her research interests in include literary faiths, gender, popular culture, the supernatural, and Victorian literature and culture. Her hobbies include walking and needlework, and one day if she lives in a larger flat she would like to adopt smelly, scruffy rescue dogs.

 

What was the last book you read?

For regular reading, it was The Young Diana by Marie Corelli. I know that Corelli divided, and still divides, opinion, but I’m willing to say unashamedly that I find her worth reading. I really enjoyed rereading this novel. The Young Diana was published a bit later than some of her better-known novels, but it’s tremendous – science fiction meets conservative feminism combined with a social revenge plot. What’s not to like?

My most recent bedside book was Lady Addle Remembers. It parodies Victorian aristocratic memoirs very amusingly, and the photographs of her charming family members are not to be missed.

 

If you could go back to the nineteenth century to change one thing, what would it be? At the risk of sounding horribly flippant, I would say . . .



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Q&A: Frances Thielman

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Frances Thielman is working towards a PhD in English literature at Texas A&M University.  She studies representations of illness, public health in Victorian literature, and has other general research interests in the medical humanities, disability studies, and print culture.  Her article “Jane Eyre and Public Health: A Closer Look at the Lowood School Epidemic” appeared in the Victorians Institute Journal, and her conference paper of the same name was the recipient of the Patrick O. Scott Award for best paper by a graduate student at the Victorians Institute conference.  Currently, she has been studying Victorian nurses, and is working on a project, hopefully for publication, that analyzes the cultural and literary impact of Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing.  In the fall, she will teach an introductory literature course at Texas A&M.  She enjoys nature walks and road trips.


Is there anything from the nineteenth century you wished would come back into fashion? Jewelry made of human . . .

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NCSA 2016

Our Upcoming Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska

We are so excited about the NCSA 2016 conference which is shaping up beautifully.  The hotel has added extra rooms to our block on Wednesday and Saturday, so if you had trouble recently getting conference rates on those days, please know that they are now available.  Please register as soon as you can and remember that if you register for the conference and the hotel by March 1, you will have a chance in the lottery for a marvelous suite upgrade at the Marriott.  Also, please do check the updated program to confirm your name, affiliation, and paper title, and let us know if there’s any needed correction (at ncsanebraska2016@gmail.com).  We are all very much looking forward to seeing everyone in April!
 
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Q&A: Jude Wright

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Jude Wright is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland. His research is focused on British literature of the long nineteenth century with an emphasis on epistemology and the relationship between realism and fantasy. His work has been published in Victorians Institute Journal, and Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens. He has just completed a book entitled Of That Transfigured World: Realism and Fantasy in Victorian Literature which examines the complicated relationship between realism and fantasy in the works of Dickens, The Brontës, Walter Pater, and Oscar Wilde. Dr. Wright is also beginning the preliminary research stages for his next project, an examination of the reciprocal relationship between Victorian and Modernist literature and early anthropological theory. He also has a significant interest in adaptation theory especially as it relates to film and drama. His most recent article “Listening to the Monster: Eliding and Restoring the Creature’s Voice in Adaptations of Frankenstein” will appear in the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 8.3. When not waxing academic he enjoys hiking, theatre, and well-made beer.

What historical figure would you love to see in 21st-century life? Oscar Wilde. A lot has been written about . . .

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Q&A Gerardo Del Guercio

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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.   

 
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was . . .

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