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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: LeeAnne M. Richardson

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LeeAnne M. Richardson is an Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University, where she teaches classes in Victorian British literature and culture, as well as courses on Oscar Wilde, the Irish Easter Rising, and World War One. Her research focuses on late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century literature, especially the ways generic forms and markers intersect and interact with discourses of gender and imperialism. She is currently working on a book manuscript extending the argument of her recently published essay in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, “Turn of the Century Women’s Poetry: Skirting the Problems of Periodization,” which proposes a new period category—turn of the century women’s poetry—wedded to a new formalist approach. Her first book, New Woman and Imperial Adventure Fiction: Gender, Genre and Empire (2006) explored the fiction of the same period. She has also published essays on Olive Schreiner and Flora Annie Steel, as well as on Edwardian fiction. 

What is something you learned in the last month about the nineteenth century? I was astonished to learn . . .

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Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (883)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Nicholas Daly

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Nicholas Daly is Professor of Modern English and American Literature at University College Dublin, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His publications include the books Modernism, Romance, and the Fin de Siècle (1999), Literature, Technology and Modernity(2004), Sensation and Modernity in the 1860s (2009), and The Demographic Imagination and the Nineteenth-Century City: Paris, London, New York (2015). He recently edited Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernelfor Oxford World's Classics, and he is currently completing a project on Ruritanian fiction, drama and film, from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries.

In which directions do you think nineteenth-century scholarship should evolve in the near future? Most of the things that I would want are already happening: for instance, the turn towards transatlantic and global perspectives; the interest in affect, ecology, and animal studies. I suppose I would like to see more work on the theatre, since it rarely receives anything like the level of attention of the novel. But I believe nineteenth-century studies is in pretty . . . 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (733)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Q&A: Jason Rudy

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Jason Rudy is an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the current president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association and author most recently of Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), a study of poetry written by nineteenth-century British emigrants in colonial spaces. His first book, Electric Meters (2009), looks at the ways Victorian poetry was inspired by and in conversation with developments in the electrical sciences: for example, the invention of the telegraph and the discovery of electromagnetic radiation.

What story do you always tell your students about the nineteenth century? Few anecdotes beat D. G. Rossetti exhuming Elizabeth Siddal’s grave in Highgate Cemetery to ...

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Monday, May 14, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (845)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Lucy Hartley

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Lucy Hartley is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, and previously taught at the University of Southampton. Born and educated in the U.K., she has been at Michigan since 2006 surviving the cold with a lot of help from the wonderful undergraduate and graduate students. She is the author of Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture (2001/2006), and Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Art and the Politics of Public Life (2017), and the editor of The History of British Women’s Writing, 1830-1880(forthcoming, 2018). She is currently working on Poverty and Progress: The Whitechapel Project of Henrietta and Samuel Barnett—an intellectual biography of a radical social movement structured around the Whitechapel Fine Art Loan Exhibitions and Toynbee Hall. 

What was your favorite discovery / serendipitous moment when conducting research on the nineteenth century? This would have to be the moment when I came across a . . . 

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Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (773)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Anne Sullivan

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Anne Sullivan is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of California, Riverside, where she specializes in researching and teaching Victorian literature and media history. Her dissertation, “On Fire: Industrialization, Media Technologies, and the Imagination, 1800-1900,” addresses a gap in literary and media scholarship by recovering the material and affective history of fire as a media technology. Sullivan recently co-edited an issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century with Kate Flint titled “Technologies of Fire in Nineteenth-Century British Culture.” The issue includes an article drawn from the first chapter of her dissertation, which argues that fire-gazing is an outmoded form of producing moving images, as well as essays about mechanical and representational technologies, such as tallow candles and spontaneous combustion, theatrical pyrotechnics, Turner’s fires, volcanic fire, solar flares, fireworks, funeral pyres, and a coal-ship conflagration. In the past few months, Sullivan has begun presenting work from the early stages of her second book project on nineteenth-century astrophotography, which grew out of her own experiments with photographing the Milky Way and the 2016 Perseid meteor shower. 

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? My journey would begin on a cold November night in Boston to watch the famous . . . 

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Monday, April 02, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (734)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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