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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 (94)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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 (133)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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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 (222)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Mollie Barnes

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Mollie Barnes is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. She works on nineteenth-century U.S. literature and transatlanticism. Her recent work—on Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Victorian Poetry, on Fanny Kemble in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and on Edith Wharton in the new Critical Insights volume—emphasizes revisionist representations of history in literary texts. Her current book project, Unifying Ambivalence: Transatlantic Italy and the Anglo-American Historical Imagination, studies problem texts written by Anglo-American expatriates during the Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy. At USCB, she teaches composition, and surveys and seminars in American literature, including “Abolitionism in the Sea Islands,” a course devoted to literature about local and global social reform in Beaufort County, South Carolina, which is the inspiration for her next major project. She is also co-founder and co-sponsor, with Dr. Lauren Hoffer, of May River Review, USCB’s interdisciplinary journal for undergraduate research.

Have you ever had something happen to you professionally that you thought was bad but turned out to be for the best? Yes! One moment that turned out to be very helpful for me, in more and less direct ways over the last few years, began with my own total annoyance with myself. . . . 

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Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (227)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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CFP: Patchwork, Cut-and-Paste, Reassembly (Special Issue of Nineteenth-Century Studies)

Special Issue of Nineteenth-Century Studies: Patchwork, Cut-and-Paste, Reassembly

This special issue will focus on ideas of reuse and recombination. How were bits and scraps of materials, textual and otherwise, reassembled into new forms in the nineteenth century? To what ends? Essays might consider these issues in relation to images, fabrics, texts, and more. Possible topics could include scrapbooks, patchwork, quotation, citation, illustration, and any and all forms of recombination. Approaches from all disciplines, including literature, art history, history, music, and the history of science and the social sciences, are welcome, as are submissions that cross national boundaries and/or range across the nineteenth century. One particularly exciting feature of Nineteenth-Century Studies is that the journal encourages authors to enhance their contributions with pertinent artwork.

Please submit manuscripts of 8,000-12,000 words, following NCS’s submission guidelines (http://english.selu.edu/ncs/submissions.php) to guest editor Casie LeGette at legette@uga.edu. Early expressions of interest and proposals of topics are also welcome. The initial deadline for submissions of full manuscripts is September 1, 2018, but review will begin June 1, 2018 and earlier submissions are encouraged.


Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (302)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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