Victorian Periodicals Review

 

RSVP’s flagship journal, Victorian Periodicals Review, publishes the latest research in the vibrant and rapidly expanding field of 19th-century media studies. VPR features special issues, book reviews, announcements, and a biennial bibliography.

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Table of Contents of Current Issue

Victorian Periodicals Review
VOLUME 49, NUMBER 4, WINTER 2016
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Introduction to the Special Issue: Moments of Challenge and Change
SHANNON R. SMITH and ANN. M. HALE

Articles

An Archaeology of Victorian Newspapers
PAUL FYFE

Interred in Printing House Vaults: Pianotype Composing Machines of the 1840s
MELISSA SCORE

Making the News National: Using Digitized Newspapers to Study the Distribution of the Queen’s Speech by W. H. Smith & Son, 1846-1858
THOMAS SMITS

Reading in Review: The Victorian Book Review in the New Media Moment
ELIZABETH CAROLYN MILLER

The Decadent Archive and the Long History of New Media
FREDERICK D. KING

“You see but you do not observe”: Hidden Infrastructure and Labour in the Strand Magazine and Its Twenty-First-Century Digital Iterations
ANN M. HALE and SHANNON R. SMITH

Chance Encounters, Rediscovery, and Loss: Researching Victorian Women Journalists in the Digital Age
ALEXIS EASLEY

Richard Le Gallienne–Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet: An Exhibition Held at Liverpool Central Library, August-October 2016
BRIAN MAIDMENT

 

VPR News

CFP: Special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review: The Strand Magazine

CFP: Special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review: The Strand Magazine

Described by Reginald Pound as a ‘national institution’, the Strand Magazine (1891–1950) was the foremost British New Journalistic fiction paper of the 1890s. This heavily illustrated monthly promised its readers ‘cheap, healthful literature’, including short and serial fiction, factual articles, human-interest features and celebrity items, by some of the best-known authors of the time. Yet, in spite of its popularity, the Strand has attracted limited scholarly attention and is often dismissed as a prime example of the Victorian middlebrow. This special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review seeks to elicit original essays assessing the nature, role and significance of the Strand in the period 1891–1918. Possible contributions might address, but are not limited to, topics such as:

 

  • The Strand and the short story
  • The Strand and genre fiction
  • The topical Strand
  • The Strand and popular science
  • The Strand and celebrity culture
  • The Strand and the New Journalism
  • The Strand’s editorial policies
  • The Strand and periodical design
  • The Strand and illustration
  • The Strand and its readers
  • The Strand and the middlebrow
  • The Strand and British identity
  • The Strand abroad
  • The Strand and the ‘Victorian’
  • The Strand and the modern
  • The Strand in the digital age

 

Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to our guest editors Emma Liggins (e.liggins@mmu.ac.uk) and Minna Vuohelainen (minna.vuohelainen@city.ac.uk) by 1 December, 2017. Final essays of 5000-9000 words (including notes and bibliography) will be due by 1 May, 2018 and should be prepared in MS Word according to the Chicago Manual of Style. The special issue will be published in summer 2019.

Registration open: Editing the 20th Century – 5th September, British Library, London

Registration is now open for ‘Editing the 20th Century’

As part of the British Academy funded project, ‘Editing the Twentieth Century’, a one-day conference will take place at the British Library on 5 September 2017 exploring the key role played by the editors of periodical publications throughout the long twentieth century.

Registration is open here.

A PDF of the programme is also available here: Editingthe20thCenturyConferenceProgramme.

Tuesday 5th September 2017, 9.00am-6.45pm. The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

CFP: Special Issue of Victorian Periodicals Review: The Material Culture of Victorian Domestic Life and the Press

The Material Culture of Victorian Domestic Life and the Press

The Victorian press actively shaped Victorians’ notions of domestic life around several topics: material culture, architecture, interior design, and the gendering of domestic space. In addition to the many studies of Victorian domestic life and coffee table books on Victorian interiors and furnishings are new readings of Victorian authors Isabella Beaton, Charles Eastlake, and Mary Eliza Haweis on domestic taste and furnishings, as well as a neo-Victorian fascination with Victorian design, food, cooking culture, and household management.

Despite this literature, there are many still-understudied areas that are addressed in the periodical press:

  • working-class domestic lives
  • rural home decoration and furnishing in relation to urban design and furnishings
  • the ways Britons recreated British domestic life in the colonies
  • the physical organization of domestic space
  • changes in laws, aesthetics, and gender and class relations (e. g., the 1882 Married Women’s Property Act, the 1870 Education Act, Aestheticism, the department store, the New Woman) that introduced new objects, designs, family relations, gender roles and spatial structures in homes
  • advertising and illustrations of furnishings and the material page

This list is not meant to restrict, but to suggest topics. This CFP seeks to elicit essays on the press’s role in the production of domestic life as an ideal and a set of practices, including across class and the geography of Britain and the colonies. We encourage authors to address the texture of conflicting views on how to conduct and represent domestic life within individual periodicals and across periodicals that contained different ideologies, intentions and readerships in a range of periodicals—the women’s press, architecture journals, general periodicals, the art press and other specialized or trade periodicals.

Please submit a 300-word abstract outlining your proposed contribution and a CV by September 15, 2017 to our guest editor Julie Codell at: Julie.codell@asu.edu Final drafts of essays selected for inclusion in the special issue will be due January 5, 2018. These essays should be 5,000-9,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography) and formatted in Chicago style.

Call for papers: Magazines on the Move – North American Periodicals and Travel

Call for papers: Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel

A one-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with the Network for American Periodical Studies.

Friday 22nd September 2017, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Organisers: Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University); Dr Rebecca Butler (Nottingham Trent University); Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University); Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University).

Confirmed speakers include Dr Claire Lindsay (UCL) and Dr Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University).

This day-seminar will focus on the relationship between North American travel writing and the periodical format. Its primary purpose is to facilitate historical and critical discussion of narratives of travel in North American periodicals.

Nottingham Trent invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that examine accounts of travel to, within, or from North America, published in North American periodicals. They also welcome papers on periodicals and travel of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Topics to be examined in considering the interplay between the travel experience, the written and/or visual record of travel, and the periodical publication of the travel record, may include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial considerations
  • Editorial policy and interventions
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Periodical context and design
  • Purpose of travel
  • ‘Race’
  • Readership
  • Solo or group travel
  • Technologies of transport/mode of travel
  • Tourism
  • Visual representations

The seminar is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) and the Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS). It draws on the expertise of both research centres, as well as that of our keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), a specialist in modernist magazines and spatial geographies of modernism.

The Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) was established by Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University) in 2002 to produce, facilitate, and promote scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.

The Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) is a research initiative set up by Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University) and Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University). It aims to bring together scholars working on American periodicals (magazines, newspapers and other periodical publications) from a range of historical periods and disciplines.

Papers are welcomed from scholars at any career stage. Postgraduates are strongly encourage to submit a proposal for consideration. Paper proposals of c200 words should be sent to ctws@ntu.ac.uk by 28th July 2017. Early submission is advised.
With grateful thanks to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) for financial support a limited number of travel bursaries and fee waivers for postgraduate students to attend are offered. Priority will be given to those offering papers. Please state at the end of your proposal if you are a postgraduate wishing to apply for help towards costs.