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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: 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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Tuesday, January 19, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (1469)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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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Monday, January 04, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (1759)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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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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Monday, October 19, 2015/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (1620)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A Julia O'Toole

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Julia O'Toole is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Historical Musicology at Boston University, completing her dissertation Comedy and National Identity in the Music of Antonín Dvořák’s Comic Operas. Dvořák’s oeuvre encompasses almost every category of sacred and secular music, including songs, chamber music pieces, large choral-orchestral works, symphonies, and symphonic poems. Yet in a 1904 interview, Dvořák himself said that opera was “the most suitable form for the nation.”[1] Even so, many of his operas are relatively little-known. Often thought of as a “symphonic composer,” his body of work includes ten operas – one more than his nine symphonies. The music in Dvořák’s comic operas is the umbrella under which comedy and nationalism meet. The comic dimension may have provided an acceptable outlet for nationalist expression, or the pressure of nineteenth-century cultural politics may have called for comic relief. Whatever the motivation, the juxtaposition of comedy and nationalism is illustrated and served by Dvořák’s compositional choices.

Beginning her musical career as a singer, Julia has since discovered that her passion to perform lies with conducting choral-orchestral repertoire.  She is founder and Artistic Director of Calliope, Boston’s collaborative choral/orchestral ensemble (www.calliopemusic.org). In this capacity, she leads professional, semi-professional, serious amateur, and conservatory students, including both instrumentalists and singers.

 

If you could go back to the nineteenth century to change one thing, what would it be? The burning of . . .

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (1577)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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