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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: Molly Youngkin

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Molly Youngkin is Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where she specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and teaches courses in Victorian literature, as well as gender studies and narrative theory. Her first book, Feminist Realism at the Fin de Siècle: The Influence of the Late-Victorian Woman's Press on the Development of the Novel (Ohio State UP, 2007), examines the influence of feminist ideals in the debate over realism in the work of men and women authors writing in the 1890s. She also has published an annotated edition of Sarah Grand’s 1888 novel Ideala (Valancourt Books, 2008), which was one of the earliest New Woman novels and helped lay the foundation for the intellectually independent woman of the 1890s. Her latest book, British Women Writers and the Reception of Ancient Egypt, 1840-1910: Imperialist Representations of Egyptian Women (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), focuses on British women writers’ knowledge of ancient Egypt and how this knowledge influenced their writings about women’s emancipation.  

 

What was your favorite discovery / serendipitous moment when conducting research on the nineteenth century? Reading about the periodical Shafts in Kate Flint’s The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 and realizing that I had a mine of  . . .  

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (3610)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Anna Maria Jones

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Anna Maria Jones is Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where she also directs What’s Next, a university-wide initiative that focuses on integrative learning to prepare undergraduates to meet their professional, civic, and educational goals. In the Department of English she teaches Victorian and neo-Victorian literature, literary theory, history of the novel, and Japanese anime and manga. She is the author of Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensational Self (Ohio State, 2007) and co-editor, with Rebecca N. Mitchell, of the forthcoming essay collection, Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts (Ohio). Her articles on nineteenth-century topics have appeared in journals such as Novel, LIT: Literature, Interpretation, and Theory, Victorian Literature & Culture, and, most recently, BRANCH. Recent articles on neo-Victorian manga have also appeared in Criticism and Neo-Victorian Studies. Her current monograph project explores transnational and transmedial engagements with and appropriations of the Victorians. She is also working on articles on transnational neo-Victorianism and on the Victorian art of novel writing.  

 

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? I think I would want to eavesdrop on . . . 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (4640)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Susan Cook and Elizabeth Henley

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This week, we are breaking with form and profiling both Susan Cook and Elizabeth Henley, who co-authored the interdisciplinary article, "Reading Communities in the Dickens Classroom" (Pedagogy April 2015). It's a bit of a longer read than normal, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

 

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Monday, April 04, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (3474)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Katherine Grenier

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Katherine Haldane Grenier is a Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  She is the author of Tourism and Identity in Scotland: Creating Caledonia (Ashgate, 2005) as well as several articles on tourism in 19th century Scotland.  Her most recent article is “’Public Acts of Faith and Devotion’: Pilgrimages in late 19th century England and Scotland” in Perplext in Faith. Essays on Victorian Beliefs and Doubts, Alissa Clapp-Itnrye and Julie Melnyk, eds. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2015).  She is a member of the NCSA Board,  Past President of the Southern Conference on British Studies and was the Local Arrangements Chair of the 2015 meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies. 

What story do you always tell your students about the nineteenth century? Oh, so many to choose from!  Since my students tend to be interested in wars, I always enjoy teaching the . . .


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Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (3315)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Mary Armstrong

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Mary A. Armstrong is Professor of English and Women’s & Gender Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where she also chairs the Women’s & Gender Studies Program. Her nineteenth-century research interests focus on representations of sexuality and pleasure in the Victorian novel and her work has appeared in venues such as Studies in the Novel, LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory and Nineteenth Century Studies.  She has most recently published on the erotics of the domestic object in Woods’ East Lynne (Victorian Literature and Culture, 2015) and thing theory and interiority in Dickens’ Pictures from Italy (Dickens Quarterly, 2015). Her current project focuses on geographies of female desire in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford and North and South.

Armstrong’s scholarly interests additionally include research on strategies for promoting curricular diversity and institutional inclusivity, particularly around equity issues in higher education STEM fields. To this end, she has been co-PI on two National Science Foundation ADVANCE grants directed at learning more about how to institutionally support underrepresented women faculty in STEM. Her most recent publication in this area is forthcoming in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (2016).

 

What was the last book you read? I’ve most recently read Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Strout’s marvelous book is essentially . . .

 

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Monday, February 29, 2016/Author: Kate Oestreich/Number of views (3403)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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