These will be removed when obsolete.


[Posted 25.iv.2017]

We are very happy to announce the launch of a video series devoted to Vernon Lee:  This is the culmination of years of selfless work by Professor Sophie Geoffroy (Université de La Réunion).




 [Posted 14.iv.2017]

The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society Presents Its Second Annual Day Conference: “Æsthetics and Form in Victorian Art, Literature, and Culture”

Lake Shore Campus, Klarcheck Information Commons, 4th floor

28th October 2017, 8:30am-5:30pm

 Introductory Speaker: Dr. Florence S. Boos, (University of Iowa)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Caroline Levine, (Cornell University)

 “It is not enough that it has the Form, if it have not also the power and life. It is not enough that it has the Power, if it have not the form. We must therefore inquire into each of these characters successively; and determine first, what is the Mental Expression, and secondly, what the Material Form.” John Ruskin, The Nature of Gothic IV.183.

From A.W.N. Pugin to William Morris, the Victorians were profoundly influenced by a shared æsthetic belief in the reciprocal relationship between the work of art and the society that produces it. If thinkers like Ruskin interpreted the work of art as a means of understanding society, how did the form of the work of art influence the nature and content of that work, and by extension society itself? How did Victorian artists, authors, and critics engage with questions of interpretation, as well as the nature and function of the work of art? What is the relationship between genre, form, and content in the 19th century? How did ideas of form change with the development of new forms and new kinds of media, as well as Victorian reinterpretations of older ones? Finally, how do our own understandings of and theorizations about the nature of the work of art and of interpretation affect our readings of Victorian art, media, and culture?

The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society solicits paper proposals addressing these questions. We welcome the research of professors, academics, independent scholars, and graduate students. Possible CFP categories include, but are not limited to the following: Nineteenth century, Gothic and the Neo-Gothic, Realism, Æstheticism and the fin-de-siècle, Periodicals, Journalism, Ephemera, Æsthetics, Textual Studies, Queer theory, Women and Gender Studies, Art History, Marxist theory, Narrative theory, Post-colonialism, Religious studies, Theology.  In the weeks and months ahead, more details will be forthcoming on our website: .

Please send abstracts no longer than 300 words to no later than 1st June 2017.

Lydia Craig

LUCVS member, Graduate Student Instructor, Department of English, Loyola University Chicago, Crown Center for the Humanities, 1001–25 W. Loyola Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626




[Posted 13.iv.2017]

Call for Submissions: The 2017 VanArsdel Prize

The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals whose groundbreaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies. The deadline for this year’s award competition is 1st May 2017. The winner will receive $500 and publication in the spring 2018 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. For more information, see Submissions may be sent to Alexis Easley, VPR editor,



[Posted 25.iii.2017]

The North American Victorian Studies Association will again be awarding the Donald Gray Prize for best essay published in the field of Victorian Studies, which carries an award of U.S.$500. Anyone, regardless of NAVSA membership status, is free to nominate or self-nominate an essay. Essays are due no later than 26th May 2017.  For further information, please go to: . Please contact Deborah Denenholz Morse if you have any questions and to submit an essay:




[Posted 01.ii.2017]

Cambridge Scholars Publishing announce that their book of the month is Oscar Wilde’s Elegant Republic: Transformation, Dislocation and Fantasy in fin-de-siècle Paris by David Charles Rose.  This is available from the publisher at less than half price until 28th February.  For information on how to order, please click here.


[Posted 25.i.2017]

I am posting the CFP for a new Feminist Modernist Journal–spanning 1870-1970. Please click the link below.  I know many of you will be interested in this journal which invites submissions on literature, culture and art concerning the New Woman, Decadence and other late-Victorian phenomena.

Prof. Cassandra Laity
Editor, Feminist Modernist Studies (FMS; Routledge; 2017–)
Currently, Visiting Scholar
English Department
University of Tennessee-Knoxville



[Posted 01.ix.2016]

We are seeking essays for a special issue of Victorian Poetry devoted to the theme of “Gender and Genre,” which will appear in Summer 2019.The critical recovery of once-neglected women poets that took place at the end of the twentieth century changed the landscape of Victorian Studies. Literary-historical accounts of Victorian poetry, once dominated by men, were revised and enriched as the scope and variety of women’s achievements came to light. That feminist undertaking has been further advanced by scholars who reveal fresh aspects of the poetic landscape by juxtaposing men’s and women’s writing. This special issue seeks to build on such cross-gender projects by calling for essays that construct dialogues between works by male and female Victorian poets who write in the same genre. How does gender shape formal and thematic approaches to specific genres – to (for instance) the lyric, the epic, the dramatic monologue, the modern ballad? By nature, this project is exploratory, experimental, and diagnostic; it requires a choice of poems that aspire to stand as representative as they open new lines of thinking about gender and genre. How exactly to bring women poets into contention has been a contested area not only logistically, given the competition for space in curricula, but also theoretically. Is it possible to map some of the territories that define the nature of (for example) female-authored lyric or epic poems, identifying those territories as exclusively feminine? Would these poems, when placed alongside lyrics or epics written by men, give rise to an entirely different understanding of the strategies and resources of such forms thereby illuminating the vexed question of the gendered nature of writing? Conversely, are certain crucial preoccupations common to men and women, effectively sidelining gender as a primary consideration in analyzing genre? These are questions that contributors might address, but we welcome all approaches.  Essays should be 20-25 pages in length and should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Early expressions of interest and proposals of topics are welcome. The deadline for submission of essays is 18th September, 2017.

Please send all submissions and enquiries to the guest editors:
Veronica Alfano
Lee O’Brien




[Posted 03.vii.2016]

The latest Robert Louis Stevenson Newsletter can now be opened, printed and downloaded from



I want to announce the newly launched MOSHER PRESS website to The Oscholars. The URL is I think some members of Oscholars might benefit by knowing of its existence. Perhaps in some way you might post this information for your members. As you may know, Mosher was an advocate for Oscar Wilde here in America, publishing his poetry at a time other publishers were shying away from publishing Wilde.

Most sincerely,

Phil Bishop


[Posted 28.iv.2016 from VICTORIA]

The catalogue of books owned by Robert Louis Stevenson is available at

It has been created as part of the New Edinburgh Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson, which has a blog at

Richard Dury



[Posted 26.iv.2016]

[Forwarded from SHARP-L]

From: William S. Peterson <>

We’re happy to report that our digital catalogue of William Morris’s personal library now has now more than 1,600 entries, some of which contain multiple titles. We are indicating the present locations of books whenever possible, and we are also making a conscientious effort to record any provenance information that may be available. We’re still not sure how many titles we will eventually be able to identify, but our rough guess is that the figure will be something like 2,300. So far we have posted entries for about 373 fifteenth-century titles and 215 sixteenth-century titles, but we have also been surprised by how many nineteenth-century books Morris owned.

We welcome suggestions, corrections, and new information.

Bill and Sylvia Peterson



[Posted 16.i.2016]

Just a note to say that my collection of mostly Wilde, Pater, Matthew Arnold, Carlyle and J. H. Newman texts has moved from to You can also locate the collection by visiting my website at and checking the Archive Menu/Dossier & Archive section.

Al Drake