RSVP has long been committed to teaching with and learning about the Victorian press. A dedicated teaching and learning panel has been a longstanding feature of our conferences, and there have been a number of special features in Victorian Periodicals Review. On this page, we post news related to teaching and learning. Get in touch if you have anything you would like to share.
I’m glad to report that “The Commercial History of a Penny Magazine” (1833), ed. Laurie Dickinson and Sarah Wadsworth (1995), is now available again, at the Internet Archive: • http://wayback.archive-it.org/4530/20150917234658/http://english.umn.edu/PM/PennyMag.html
“Digital Pedagogies: Building Learning Communities for Studying Victorian Periodicals”
Since Patrick Leary’s seminal essay “Googling the Victorians”, first published in 2005, significant advancements have been made in the field of periodical research, largely as a result of the rise in digital projects. In almost ten years of scholarship, researchers have been examining and developing new digital methods for analysing and extrapolating data. Scholars have been considering not only the construction of digital resources but how they can be used in many different ways; to enhance research, to identify neglected texts, to inspire and engage students. This special number of VPR gives us the opportunity to bring together these ideas and debates, to reflect on how the field of periodicals research has changed as a result of the digital revolution and to consider where it may be in the next ten years.
Kylee Ann Hingston & Caley Ehnes
Out Now: Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street
Mary L. Shannon, University of Roehampton, UK
(Ashgate: April 2015)
Following a successful launch event at the Menzies Centre, King’s College London this book is now available to buy. Please do consider ordering it for your libraries!
Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street discusses, for the first time, the proximity of the offices of Charles Dickens, G.W.M. Reynolds, and Henry Mayhew, in mid 19th-century London. Wellington Street (home to nearly thirty newspapers and periodicals, as well as a theatre and the musical and theatrical press) was a highly significant location for metropolitan print culture because it was a hub of relationships, influences and connections between writers, booksellers, editors, publishers, theatre managers and audiences, and readers. The book uses archival research, literary criticism, and literary geography to explore Wellington Street at different times of the day and to reveal the ways in which its print networks fostered connections between the discourses of journalism, literature, and drama. It reassesses the intersection between print culture, popular culture, the built environment and urban experience, and reveals the links between Wellington Street and the print culture of colonial Melbourne.
For more details and to download the introduction, go to http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472442048. Use the discount code C15JKW20 at the checkout for 20% off. Valid until 31/08/15.
All are invited to a virtual launch of the Teaching [19th-century] Transatlanticism website (http://teachingtransatlanticism.tcu.edu) from 5:30-6:30 CST on Monday, September 22, 2014. This website features sample transatlantic teaching materials (syllabi, lesson plans, new publications relevant to teaching), information about the forthcoming book, Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2015),* and narratives of past teaching or learning experiences. The site welcomes collaborative sharing of further teaching materials from all who are interested as well as interchanges about teaching and/or conceptual issues at the “Conversations” tab on the website.
The launch will be a “live” event via simultaneous participation from multiple sites and comments submitted to “Conversations” during the launch party. The launch can also be followed at #TeachTransAtl
Teaching Transatlanticism Team:
Sarah R. Robbins
Linda K. Hughes