22nd April 2021, 6 pm UK / 12 pm CT
With research libraries around the world closed to readers due to the pandemic, many researchers have struggled to access primary sources necessary to the study of Victorian periodicals. At the same time, it is a truth universally acknowledged that since the 1990s, readers around the world have gained unprecedented access to Victorian print thanks to the proliferation of digital archives and bibliographies. What resources and methods enable us to research Victorian periodical culture during the pandemic?
RSVP will explore this question in an informal virtual roundtable with editors of open-access digital resources of great importance to the study of Victorian periodicals: Emily Bell (Curran Index; Charles Dickens Letters Project) and Stephen Basdeo and Jessica Thomas (George W.M. Reynolds Archive).
Dr. Stephen Basdeo researches 18th and 19thc popular literature and has recently focused on G.W.M. Reynolds and Pierce Egan Jnr. He is currently editing Reynolds’s newspaper writings for an open access website co-edited by Jessica Elizabeth Thomas.
Dr. Emily Bell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie in Victorian and Edwardian authorship, periodical culture, Dickens studies, and digital humanities. She is an editor for the Charles Dickens Letters Project, and co-editor of the Curran Index to Victorian periodicals.
Jessica Elizabeth Thomas recently completed her MA in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture at Chester University. Her BA in English was earned at Aberystwyth University. Currently, she is collaborating with Stephen Basdeo to edit Reynolds’s journalism. She has also catalogued Gladstone’s books and pamphlets at St. Deiniol’s library in Hawarden, for an AHRC-funded research project.
Register here for this free online event. Participation does not require RSVP membership and all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact us and direct your enquiry to the Vice President.