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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 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 (3420)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Volunteers Needed!

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After a weekend spent chatting about the nineteenth century at the fantastic Victorians Institute conference in Spartanburg and then surviving epic rainfall in South Carolina, I have the temporary bad news that 19 Cents's Monday Q&A profile will not be posted until Tuesday morning. If you enjoy reading these profiles and are missing the pleasant opportunity to meet electronically a fellow scholar of the nineteenth century, please consider volunteering to be profiled yourself.

Do you have a monograph, edited collection, or scholarly article that will be soon or was published within the last year? Are you the recipient of a grant that has not long ago or will soon reach one of its project milestones?  Have you recently won an award related to your scholarly or pedagogical work in the nineteenth century?

If so, we want to hear from you!

Please send one or two sentences describing your accomplishment to Kate Oestreich at koestrei@coastal.edu, and we will be back in touch regarding when you will be featured on 19 cents.

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Q&A Arnold Schmidt

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Arnold Anthony Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of English at the California State University, Stanislaus, received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz and his Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.

Schmidt’s film credits include serving as Assistant Producer on "The Silence," an American Film Institute production nominated for a 1983 Academy Award best short dramatic film; writing a screenplay for Deja Vu, a 1984 Cannon Films feature starring Jaclyn Smith, Nigel Terry, Shelley Winters, and Claire Bloom; and writing the story for the "Tommy's Lost Weekend" episode of the Warner Bros. sitcom Alice, which was nominated for a 1985 Emmy Award and received 1986 Letter of Commendation from Los Angeles County for its treatment of teenage alcoholism.

His academic articles on Byron, Conrad, Garibaldi, Godwin, Scott, Mary Shelley, and Wordsworth have appeared in such venues as the Byron Journal, the Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and The Wordsworth Circle, as well as in the anthologies Fictions of the Sea and Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad’s Ideology & Art, which just appeared in a Polish translation. His first book, Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism, from Palgrave-Macmillan (2010), received an Elma Dangerfield Award from the International Byron Society.

Schmidt received an award as the 2013 Research Professor of the Year from CSU Stanislaus, where he teaches classes in Film, Literature, and Creative Writing. In 2015, he received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship to pursue research at San Marino’s Huntington Library. His three-volume, 24-play anthology of British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850 is forthcoming from Pickering & Chatto/Routledge in 2017.

 

Is there anything from the nineteenth century you wished would come back into fashion? Salons. I wish we had regular . . .

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Q&A Abby Glowgower

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Abigail (Abby) Glogower is a PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where she focuses on nineteenth-century American art and visual culture. Her dissertation (which she hopes to complete in 2016) explores the many roles print portraiture played in constructing social knowledge between 1820 and 1860. She is currently preparing a manuscript for publication about McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes of North America (1837–1844), which she presented on at the 2014 NCSA conference in Chicago and her review of NCSA 2015 speaker Jennifer Roberts’s newest book, Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America, will appear in issue 50 of the British Journal of American Studies. Abby has taught courses in writing and art history at the University of Rochester, curated exhibits at the Rush Rhees Library Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, and is a History of Photography docent at the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester. She and her partner, Josh, share their home with their three dogs: Emmett, Judah, and Lucy.

Is there anything from the nineteenth century you wished would come back into fashion? Posture! During my fourth year of graduate school, I experienced . . .

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Q&A Judith W. Page

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Judith W. Page is Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida, where she also served as Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research from 2009-14. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews on Romanticism, women writers, and Anglo-Jewish literature and culture. Her recent books include Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England’s Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870 (co-authored with Elise L. Smith), which came out last year in paperback from Cambridge University Press and an edited volume, Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture (edited with Victoria Pagán and Brigitte Weltman-Aron), which came out this month from Cambridge Scholars Press. Her essays have recently appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Pride and Prejudice (2013), Wordsworth in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (2015).  Her current book project will extend her work on women and gardens into the twentieth century, and will include work on such figures as Beatrix Potter and Vita Sackville-West. She has developed a graduate course at the University of Florida on women and gardens in the (very) long nineteenth century in England. 

 

What historical figure would you love to see in 21st century life?  Wordsworth! In the Preface to Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth laments that . . .

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