July 2016

CFP: Sibylline Leaves: Chaos and Compilation in the Romantic Period

When: 20th and 21st July 2017

Where: Birkbeck, London

Keynote Speakers:

Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard)

Seamus Perry (Oxford)

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What Happened When I Read A Tale of Two Cities in a Single Sitting (Part II)

Continued from Part One

It turns out that DX couriers have the worst online tracking system in the world, which, after making you input various numbers and data, tells you nothing more than you already know: your parcel may or may not be with you today. Maybe in the morning, while you’re still in your PJs. Maybe right before you go to bed. JUST DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT DASHING OUT TO THE SHOP FOR MILK, BITCH! So, a little put out, but jazzed up on caffeine and chocolate chip cookies, I settled back into my reading chair for Book 2: Continue reading “What Happened When I Read A Tale of Two Cities in a Single Sitting (Part II)”

Crazy Victorian Hair

I recently picked up a copy of Galia Ofek’s Representations of Hair in Victorian Literature and Culture (Ashgate, 2009) and I’m looking forward to having a good read through it. In the meantime, I did want to share with you some amazing nineteenth-century images of ladies with long locks for your amusement. Continue reading “Crazy Victorian Hair”

2017 Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

Deadline: 1st November 2016

The University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to offer a joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies, funded by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. Continue reading “2017 Amy P. Goldman Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies”


When: Saturday 10 September 2016

Where: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Keynote speakers: Professor Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck, University of London) and Dr Charlotte Ribeyrol (Paris-Sorbonne University; Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford) Continue reading “CFP: LONDON NINETEENTH-CENTURY POSTGRADUATE COLLOQUIUM IV”

What Happened When I Read A Tale of Two Cities in a Single Sitting (Part 1)

I’m a fairly slow reader. So it isn’t often I read a book from cover to cover in a oner. But last week I was trapped at home waiting for a courier to deliver my passport and visa for an upcoming research fellowship to the US and, since I can’t work worth a damn from home, I figured I’d use the time to blast my way through a Victorian novel which has somehow managed to elude me for years: A Tale of Two Cities. And HOLY CRAP WAS I UNPREPARED FOR THE GUT-WRENCHING FIFTEEN-HOUR EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER that ensued. Continue reading “What Happened When I Read A Tale of Two Cities in a Single Sitting (Part 1)”


Philadelphia, March 16th – 19th

Nineteenth-century bodies were poked and prodded, characterized, caricatured, corseted and cossetted, disciplined, displayed, naturalized, normalized, medicalized, mapped and mechanized. Continue reading “CFP: INTERDISCIPLINARY NINETEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES CONFERENCE”

Steam-Powered Servants and Dining-Room Chasms: The Perils of Privacy in the Nineteenth Century

I had to share with you an utterly wacky article on ‘Privacy’ which was published in The Saturday Review, June 3rd 1865 (p.660). In today’s age of social media, phone-hacking, tabloid journalism and super-injunctions, it’s easy to believe that the modern age has a uniquely dysfunctional relationship with the notion of privacy. But this article shows that the good people of the mid-nineteenth century also had their woes when it came to keeping their secrets secret. Continue reading “Steam-Powered Servants and Dining-Room Chasms: The Perils of Privacy in the Nineteenth Century”

CFP: Victorian Medievalism: Translation and Adaptation

The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Victorian Medievalism: Translation and Adaptation
Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 11-14, 2017

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