Welcome to RSVP

  • RSVP Annual Conference, University of Delaware 12-13 September 2014.
  • David Latané, William Maginn and the British Press: A Critical Biography
    (Ashgate, 2013). Winner of the 2014 Colby Prize
  • Fionnuala Dillane, Before George Eliot: Marian Evans and the Periodical Press
    (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Winner of the 2014 Colby Prize
  • cover of VPR 47.2
    Victorian Periodicals Review, 47.2 (Summer 2014)

Welcome to the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (familiarly known as RSVP), an interdisciplinary and international association of scholars dedicated to the exploration of the richly diverse world of the 19th-century press, both its magazines and its newspapers. Members of RSVP are involved in the study of British literature, and the history and culture of Britain and its empire, as well as in the emerging fields of book history and media history.

RSVP exists to foster interdisciplinary scholarship on all aspects of the 19th-century press. The Society offers a friendly, collegial home for all literary scholars, historians, and others whose studies take them into the fascinating world of Victorian newspapers and magazines. RSVP’s quarterly journal, the Victorian Periodicals Review, is the place to publish and to learn about the latest developments in the vibrant and rapidly expanding field of 19th century media studies. RSVP sponsors several fellowships and prizes, and annually holds one of the most welcoming and informative academic conferences around. This year’s conference will be held on September 12 and 13 at the University of Delaware. (See the conference page for details.)


A Gallery of pictures from the 2013 Conference in Salford, Manchester, UK