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RSVP 2019 Annual Conference CFP Announced

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals are please to announce the call for papers for our next annual conference.

The conference, entitled ‘Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure’, will be hosted by the University of Brighton, UK, and will take place 25-27 July 2019. 

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers or panels of three or four related papers that address any aspect of the Victorian periodical or newspaper press. Proposals relevant to the Conference theme of Work/Leisure, Duty/Pleasure would be particularly welcome. For more information about the conference theme and how to submit a proposal please visit our conference page.

All those giving a paper at the RSVP conference are required to be members of the Society.

The Curran Index – update

The ongoing effort to identify the writers of articles, stories, and poems in the Victorian press that is the Curran Index is getting a new look, and new super-powers!  With the support of RSVP, our intrepid editor, Gary Simons, is working with a team to convert the old set of pages, which are made up of blocks of text that have had to be scrolled through, into a fully functional online database that can be searched in a variety of ways.  Please visit this new and improved work in progress here ( and read about all the latest additions to this rapidly expanding resource.

Nineteenth-Century Synergies: Ventures at Home and (Ad)Ventures Abroad

Nineteenth-Century Synergies: Ventures at Home and (Ad)Ventures Abroad hosted by the Department of English, at Presidency University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India took place on the 22nd and 23rd of February, 2018.

Here they are next to a rather impressive poster advertising the conference!

Here they are next to a rather impressive poster advertising the conference!

Professors Joanne Shattock and Linda Hughes, gave papers entitled “Journalism and Literature: Contested Professions” and “Tennyson, The Princess, and Tennyson’s Global Women Readers” respectively.

More about the conference can be found here.

VPR/DNCJ promotion


RSVP is giving away copies of the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (DNCJ) free to new and renewing subscribers to the Victorian Periodicals Review! (If you renewed recently, just add another year to your renewal and you’re good to go.) You don’t need to put in a promotion code, just sign up and this essential reference book will be mailed to you, while supplies last.

Click on this image to be taken to the VPR subscription page

Click on this image to be taken to the VPR subscription page

These copies are already going fast, and there’s a limited number of them, so best to act quickly if you want a copy. And of course with your subscription (which only costs $35) comes membership in RSVP. It’s a win-win!