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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VPR News

The Curran Index – update

The ongoing effort to identify the writers of articles, stories, and poems in the Victorian press that is the Curran Index is getting a new look, and new super-powers!  With the support of RSVP, our intrepid editor, Gary Simons, is working with a team to convert the old set of pages, which are made up of blocks of text that have had to be scrolled through, into a fully functional online database that can be searched in a variety of ways.  Please visit this new and improved work in progress here ( and read about all the latest additions to this rapidly expanding resource.

Nineteenth-Century Synergies: Ventures at Home and (Ad)Ventures Abroad

Nineteenth-Century Synergies: Ventures at Home and (Ad)Ventures Abroad hosted by the Department of English, at Presidency University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India took place on the 22nd and 23rd of February, 2018.

Here they are next to a rather impressive poster advertising the conference!

Here they are next to a rather impressive poster advertising the conference!

Professors Joanne Shattock and Linda Hughes, gave papers entitled “Journalism and Literature: Contested Professions” and “Tennyson, The Princess, and Tennyson’s Global Women Readers” respectively.

More about the conference can be found here.

VPR/DNCJ promotion


RSVP is giving away copies of the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (DNCJ) free to new and renewing subscribers to the Victorian Periodicals Review! (If you renewed recently, just add another year to your renewal and you’re good to go.) You don’t need to put in a promotion code, just sign up and this essential reference book will be mailed to you, while supplies last.

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These copies are already going fast, and there’s a limited number of them, so best to act quickly if you want a copy. And of course with your subscription (which only costs $35) comes membership in RSVP. It’s a win-win!

CFP: Special Issue of Victorian Periodicals Review – Essays in Honor of Sally Mitchell

CFP: Special Issue of Victorian Periodicals Review 

Essays in Honor of Sally Mitchell

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Proposals due March 1, 2018

Completed Essays due September 1, 2018


Sally Mitchell (1937-2016) was a pioneering feminist scholar and teacher in the field of Victorian studies whose work opened new avenues for the study of women’s writing, cultural history, and journalism. Throughout her career, periodicals were at the heart of her research, which included groundbreaking work on women’s penny papers and popular reading, an innovative study of The New Girl, critical biographies of Dinah Mulock Craik and Frances Power Cobbe, indispensable histories such as Daily Life in Victorian England and Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia, as well as edited editions and anthologies of Victorian women’s writing. To honor her contributions to our field and highlight her continued legacy in Victorian periodical studies, we plan to publish a special issue of VPR in Fall 2019.

Contributions to the special issue should be 5,000 to 9,000-word essays (including notes and bibliography) focused on any topic inspired by Sally Mitchell’s work on the periodical press. Essays might explore the Victorian press in relation to:

  • • Victorian women writers and women’s reading
  • • The “new girl” and girls’ culture
  • • Daily life and social history
  • • Popular fiction and literary history
  • • Feminist activism, networks, and mentoring
  • • New directions in biography
  • • New approaches to teaching with periodicals

Please submit a 200-word abstract and a CV by March 1, 2018 to guest editor Katherine Malone at

 You can download a PDF version of the CFP here.

Completed essays will be due September 1, 2018.