Waterloo and its Afterlife in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical and Newspaper Press

Call For Submissions: Special Issue of Victorian Periodicals Review!

In anticipation of the 2015 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) annual conference hosted by the University of Ghent, Belgium, Victorian Periodicals Review invites submissions for a special issue commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon’s final defeat was of course a watershed event in the history of Europe, and the political and cultural impact of the battle would remain fresh for decades to come.

The events shaped by the historical legacy of Waterloo inspired intense coverage and debate in the periodical press of the time, and for this special issue, we invite submissions from a variety of perspectives and from across disciplines which re-examine this legacy and shed light on the conventions of periodical and newspaper journalism of the period.

Possible topics include:

Representations of Waterloo in the nineteenth-century press: Wellington as national hero and celebrity; Napoleon and his lingering impact on French and European politics; veterans’ reunions and other commemorations of the battle; travel and tourism in Waterloo; European and transatlantic perspectives on Waterloo and its aftermath.

War correspondence in the press during the Napoleonic period.

Illustrations in the press commemorating Waterloo and/or its heroes.

Newspaper or periodical advertising drawing on the memory of Waterloo.

Topical and commemorative poetry about Waterloo in the periodical and newspaper press.

Waterloo and the Napoleonic Wars as subjects of nineteenth-century serial fiction.

We invite 500-word abstracts of potential submissions by 30 November 2014. Completed essays based on abstracts selected must be submitted by 20 February 2015. Final essays should be 5,000-9,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography).

The Waterloo special issue will be published as the Winter 2015 edition of VPR.

Please send abstracts and queries to Marysa Demoor (marysa.demoor@ugent.be) and Chris Keirstead (keirscm@auburn.edu).

Announcing the Launch of the Vann Victorian Collection

A lot of us will know the name J. Don Vann from the landmark collections that he edited with Rosemary VanArsdel: Victorian Periodicals: A Guide to Research (1978; 1989) Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society (1994), and Periodicals of Queen Victoria’s Empire (1996). Don, a founding member of RSVP, has now donated the vast collection of Victorian books and magazines — including many rare part-issues — that he and his wife, Dolores, have assembled since 1962 to the University of North Texas Libraries.

The Vann Victorian Collection, which includes a permanent funds to purchase additional Victorian books for the collection,, has officially opened at the UNT Libraries. An online virtual exhibit includes a video interview with Don Vann in which he talks about RSVP, Dickens, and many other aspects of his career.

Call for Applications – Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the fifth annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year’s passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

Please see our Awards page for further information.