August 2016

Call for Papers: George Egerton and the fin de siècle

A two-day conference organised by the Modern & Contemporary Research Group at Loughborough University

Keynote speaker:

Professor Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware)

Friday 7 – Saturday 8 April 2017

This is the first conference dedicated to the life and work of George Egerton, alias Mary Chavelita Dunne (1859–1945). Egerton is often discussed in relation to New Woman writing and scholars have tended to focus on her first two short story collections,Keynotes (1893) and Discords (1894). Although we welcome papers that consider her early works, this conference seeks to go beyond these parameters, with the aim of recovering her wider oeuvre and reassessing her wider contribution to fin de siècle and early 20th century literature and drama. Continue reading “Call for Papers: George Egerton and the fin de siècle”


Victorians and their Dogs

After the amazing response to “Victorians and their Cats”
it seemed only fair that the dogs get a look-in too. So here’s my favourite collection of Victorian canines:


Barber Steps
Charles Burton Barber

Elizabeth Bennett decided that, actually, she’d rather found her own internet startup than get married. Mr Darcy is running at full tilt across the lawn and she’s giving him a ten second head start before setting the dogs on him. Continue reading “Victorians and their Dogs”

“Did Victorian Cats Eat Kibble?”

After my previous post on ‘Victorians and their Cats’ I’ve been lucky enough to receive lots of lovely comments from you wonderful people, including one intriguing post by Karl Drobnic asking: “Did Victorians feed their cats kibble? What served for cat-food then?” Well, thinks I, I don’t actually know the answer to this question and as an academic specializing in the nineteenth century THIS MUST NOT STAND! Continue reading ““Did Victorian Cats Eat Kibble?””

CFP: VSAWC / VISAWUS 2017 Joint Conference on “Victorian Education”

Vancouver, British Columbia
28-29 April 2017 & Publication Workshop 27 & 30 April 2017
The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada and the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States invite proposals for their 2017 joint conference, “Victorian Education.” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, theories, and expressions of education, teaching, and learning. We welcome papers that examine the Victorian interest in education and its relationship with widespread concerns about personal development, progress, and improvement at the individual, spiritual, and national levels. We also invite proposals for papers, panels, or workshops that explore the teaching of Victorian literature and culture in today’s college and university environments. The conference will also include a publication workshop for graduate students and junior scholars.

Continue reading “CFP: VSAWC / VISAWUS 2017 Joint Conference on “Victorian Education””

CFP: Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century

PUNCS (Plymouth Nineteenth Century Studies) invites proposals for 20-minute papers for a proposed international, interdisciplinary conference in 22 – 23 June 2017 on the general theme of union and disunion. The first international conference hosted by PUNCS began on the day of the Brexit vote, and commentators have seen this event in the context of other signs of anti-globalisation, and in a landscape of violent disintegrations or forcible integrations in the twenty first century. We are interested in papers by scholars working in British, continental European, American and world history in the nineteenth century: in literary studies, history, legal history, art history, economic history, geography and other disciplines.

Continue reading “CFP: Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century”

Harry Ransom Centre Fellowships

My latest brief hiatus in posts has been due to my undertaking a research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas, Austin.

I wanted to take a moment to wax lyrical about what a wonderful research experience it was. The collections are, without doubt, some of the finest in the world and the staff are amazing – friendly and super knowledgeable about the collections. (And that’s not to mention the glorious 105 degree Texan sunshine which was an added bonus to the trip!) Continue reading “Harry Ransom Centre Fellowships”

Bad ‘Ivanhoe’ Book Covers

If you’re looking for a giggle, I cannot recommend my hilarious pal @bizarrevictoria ‘s series on bad book covers highly enough. Here’s her take on ‘Bad Ivanhoe’, guest starring Yours Truly:


I recently had the serious misfortune of needing to reread Ivanhoe for work. My good friend, who is known on the internet as VictorianMasculinity (follow her on Twitter: @VictorianMasc or read her blog here), had to listen to me moan about it for ages, so she cheered me up by sending me pictures of the campiest, most ridiculous Ivanhoe covers she could find. What follows is our first collaborative(ish) post!

Recap of the Novel

Uggh, do I have to? Okay, let’s make this shit quick.

This is set after the Norman invasion of England where most of the Saxon aristocrats have been disenfranchised by their new Norman overlords and everyone is generally shitty to each other. There’s Robin Hood and Prince John and all the usual assholes from that mythos, and King Richard is captured on his way back from a failed crusade, and even though everyone hates each…

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CFP: Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism across Disciplines

The American University of Paris, Combes 104, October 15, 2016

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Event description:

This event is part of “The Politics of Translation” seminar organised by the Center for Writers and Translators (Comparative and English Literature Department) of the American University of Paris. Continue reading “CFP: Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism across Disciplines”

Victorians and Their Cats

Recently I’ve been reading about the life and work of Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894), artist and member of the Royal Academy who specialised in paintings of family pets. Barber even painted several  commissions for Queen Victoria. Naturally, though, this research led to a parallel trawl through some of the most amusing images of Victorians and their cats: Continue reading “Victorians and Their Cats”

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