This year’s Michael Wolff lecture was given at the University of Missouri-Kansas City by James Mussell of the University of Leeds. You can now watch his lecture Too Much to Read: Victorian Periodicals, Bibliographical Utopianism, and the “Bad Indexer” here.
The list of previous Michael Wolff lecturers:
2015: Alexis Easley, “The Victorian Press: New Feminist Critical Strategies”
2014: Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, “Reading between the Lines of Time and Space: Remediation and the Illustrated Periodical”
2013: Andrew King, “Negotiations of Modernity: The Bankers’ Magazine and the Professionalisation of Banking.”
2012: Margaret Beetham, “Anti-sensation? The Angel Abroad; Missionary Wives and Bad Mothers.”
2011: John Drew, “An Uncommercial Proposition? At Work on Household Words and All the Year Round.”
2010: Brian Maidment, “From Caricature to Cartoon – The Comic Image and the Periodical Press 1820-1850.”
2009: Simon Potter, “A Public Sphere for the Angloworld?”
2008: Linda Peterson, “Characterising Regina’s Maids of Honour and their Heirs.”
2007: Joel Wiener, “‘If there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog’: Some Reflections on Transatlantic Journalism in the Nineteenth Century.”
2006: Linda Hughes, “What the Wellesley Index Left Out; or, Why Poetry Matters to Periodical Studies.”
2005: Leslie Howsam, “Narratives and Editors: History and Historians in Victorian Periodical Research.”
2004: Lynda Nead, “Living Pictures on Dead Pages.”
2003: Josef Altholz was to have spoken on “Whimsy, Serendipity and Chutzpah: The Improbable Success of RSVP,” but passed away shortly before the conference.
2002: Joanne Shattock, “Reviewing Generations: Professionalism and the Mid-Victorian Reviewer.”
2001: Joanne Shattock’s lecture was postponed to 2002 due to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
2000: Aled Jones, “The Dart and the Damning of the Sylvan Stream: Journalism and Political Culture in the Late Victorian City.”
1999: Laurel Brake, “Star Turn? Magazine, Part-issue, and Book Serialisation.”
To nominate someone for the Wolff Lecture (including self-nominations), please contact the president at president @ rs4vp.org.