The Robert and Vineta Colby Lecture

The Robert and Vineta Colby Lecture is given by the winner of the Colby Prize for the year’s best book on some aspect of the Victorian press. Thewhistler_sermon lecture series was inaugurated by a panel discussion at the 2006 Annual Conference, the year the Colby Prize was endowed, and there has been a Colby Lecture at every subsequent conference.

The Colby Prize honours original book-length scholarship about Victorian periodicals and newspapers. It is awarded to the book published during the preceding year that most advances our understanding of the nineteenth-century British press. For further details of the prize, see the Colby Prize page.

You can now watch this year’s winner, Mary L. Shannon deliver her lecture ‘Mornings on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street’ here.

These previous winners of the Colby Prize have all delivered fine lectures at the annual RSVP conference:

2016: Mary L. Shannon, Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street (Routledge, 2015)

2015: Caroline Bressey, Empire, Race and the Politics of Anti-Caste (Bloomsbury, 2014)

2014: Fionnuala Dillane, Before George Eliot: Marian Evans and the Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and David Latané, William Maginn and the British Press: A Critical Biography (Ashgate, 2013)

2013: Aileen Fyfe, “‘Creating a Proper System of Publishing’: The Technological Trials and Tribulations of
Chambers Edinburgh Journal

2012: Joel H. Wiener, “Newspaper Sensationalism”

2011: Patrick Leary, “Lost Voices”. To listen to this lecture, click here; the slides are here.

2010: Mark Schoenfield, “The Taste for Violence in Blackwood’s Magazine

2009: Catherine Waters, “‘Much of Sala, and but Little of Russia’: ‘A Journey Due North’, Household Words and the Birth of a Special Correspondent”

2008: Kathryn Ledbetter, “‘Ideologic Tokens’: Poetry in Victorian Periodicals; or, More on What the Wellesley Left Out”

2007: David Finkelstein, “Re-evaluating Blackwood and its Magazine”

2006: Roundtable featuring Micael Clarke, Linda Peterson, and Alexis Easley.