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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: 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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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 (1705)/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 (1581)/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 (1672)/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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