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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: 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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Q&A: Kyla Schuller

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Kyla Schuller is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she investigates the intersections between race, gender, sexuality, and the sciences. Her book The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century (Duke University Press, 2018) exposes sentimentalism as a technology of population management. Her work has been supported by the ACLS and Stanford Humanities Center and has appeared in American QuarterlyGLQConfigurationsThe Leviathan, and other venues.

What story do you always tell your students about the nineteenth century? I often tell my students about the so-called “orphan trains,” or the migration of 200,000 youth from . . . 

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Monday, March 19, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (905)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Ruth M. McAdams

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Ruth M. McAdams is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Skidmore College, where she studies in nineteenth-century British literature and teaches a broad range of courses in literature and writing. Her book project analyzes connections between Victorian literature and philosophy of history, looking in particularly at the way the Victorians theorize the present in distinction from the recent past of the Regency period or the Napoleonic Wars. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Pedagogy. In her free time, she plays the oboe and has been getting into swimming.

 What was the last experience that made you a stronger scholar-teacher? In the 2016-17 academic year, I taught at Bo─čaziçi University in Istanbul, and . . .

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Tuesday, March 06, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (963)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Robert D. Aguirre

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Robert D. Aguirre is Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he also serves as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Informal Empire: Mexico and Central American in Victorian Culture (2005); Mobility and Modernity: Panama in the Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Imagination (2017); and many articles on nineteenth-century literature and culture. He is currently working on the expeditionary photography of Eadweard Muybridge.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger scholar-teacher? A reader’s report for my recent book, Mobility and Modernity: Panama in the Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Imagination, asked for more analysis of Panamanian writers. This request sent me on a long and deeply satisfying journey into . . . 

 

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Monday, February 19, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (1194)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Clayton Tarr

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Clayton Tarr teaches at Michigan State University, where he specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. His book, Gothic Stories within Stories: Frame Narratives and Realism in the Genre, 1790–1900 (2017), suggests that the Gothic novel took shape as a mode that allowed readers to experience a deep level of reality that was unavailable in the realist novel. In his latest scholarship, Clayton has examined depictions of rape in 1790s novels; argued that long, white, uniform teeth signaled the threat of degeneracy in the mid-nineteenth century; traced the appearances and performances of bog bodies in nineteenth-century literature; analyzed the narrative authority of disabled characters in Victorian novels; and investigated how mid-Victorian children’s literature engages economic metaphors to describe consumerism and the commodity. His new book project, titled “Paper Trails: Registration, Impersonation, Victorian Sensation,” tackles identity theft in the nineteenth century, and focuses on civil registration efforts that made births, deaths, and marriages a responsibility of the state rather than a liability of the church.

What are you doing in the nineteenth-century classroom that incorporates Digital Humanities / New Media scholarship? I am committed to “remix” projects . . . 


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (801)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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