RSVP announces first winners of Field Development and Peterson grants

RSVP is very pleased to announce the first winners of the RSVP Field Development Grant and the Linda H. Peterson Fellowship, both made possible by a generous bequest to RSVP by the late Eileen Curran, pioneering researcher and Emerita Professor of English at Colby College.

The winners of the Field Development Grant are Francesca Benatti and David King of The Open University for their project, “A question of style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-20”.

The winner of the Linda H. Peterson Fellowship is Tom Mole, Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, for his project: “Periodicals and the Policing of Culture, 1802-1828”.

See the abstracts of these projects and learn more about these grants in Grants and Prizes on the RSVP website.

Colby Book Prize winner for 2015 announced

The Colby Prize committee of RSVP is pleased to announce that the winner of the prize for the best book in this field published in 2015 is Mary L. Shannon for Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street, from Routledge. Honorable Mention goes to Marianne VanRemoortel for Women, Work, and the Victorian Periodical: Living by the Press, from Palgrave/Macmillan. Many congratulations to Mary and Marianne!

Victorian Women Writers conference in honor of Linda Peterson, May 7-8, Yale University

All are invited to attend a memorial conference in honor of Linda Peterson, on May 7-8, 2016, in celebration of her final publication, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing, to be hosted by the 18-19th Century Colloquium.

A member of the Yale community for 38 years, Linda was a scholar of Victorian prose and an authority on life writing; she served as English chair for seven years, helped shape Yale’s undergraduate writing program, and profoundly enhanced the scope and tenor of the Yale English Department. She was a scholar, teacher, colleague, and friend. Please save May 7-8 for an opportunity to fête Linda in a context that reflects her wishes, honors her legacy, and lauds the publication of her final book!

Please contact Margaret Deli (margaret.deli@yale.edu) or Natalie Prizel (natalie.prizel@yale.edu) to register (free of charge.) Attached is the conference poster

Call for Contributors: RSVP Bibliography 2013-15

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS – RSVP Bibliography 2013–2015

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is seeking contributors to its biennial bibliography, which will be published in Victorian Periodicals Review in fall 2016. Contributors to the bibliography are asked to adopt three to ten scholarly journals from a list, identify articles published between December 2013 and December 2015 that have direct relevance to the study of Victorian journalism, and compile a list of annotated entries. All contributors are acknowledged in the published bibliography. Entries will be due May 2, 2016. If you are interested in contributing to this project or can recommend someone, please email biblio @ rs4vp.org for the complete guidelines and list of journals.

Katherine Malone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, South Dakota State University

Bibliographer, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

biblio @ rs4vp.org /

CFP 5th Annual Conference of ESPRit @ LJMU 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 5th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), www.espr-it.eu

7-8 July 2016
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

From the Black Dwarf to the little magazines of the European avant-gardes, from protest literature of the industrial revolution to the samizdat publications of the Soviet Bloc, from Punch to punk, periodical publications have long been associated with a challenge to dominant and mainstream culture. For ESPRit 2016 we return to this aspect of periodical culture, exploring the counter-cultural role of periodicals with particular emphasis on comparative and methodological points of view. Proposals are invited on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Periodicals as sites for the genesis and dissemination of counter-cultural ideas, programmes, and manifestos
  • The assimilation of periodical counter cultures into the tradition
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the periodical as counter culture and as establishment
  • The agency of periodicals at threshold moments of social, political, and cultural change
  • Illegal and underground publications
  • The interplay between established periodicals and radical newcomers
  • Change and disruption in the history of long-standing periodicals

ESPRit encourages proposals that speak both within and across local, regional and national boundaries and especially those that are able to offer a comparative perspective. We also encourage proposals that examine the full range of periodical culture, that is, all types of periodical publication, including newspapers and specialist magazines, and all aspects of the periodical as an object of study, including design and backroom production.

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers (max 250 words), panels of three or four papers, round tables, one-hour workshops or other suitable sessions, together with a short CV (max. one page), to 2016esprit@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is 25 January 2016.