Calls for Papers

[Posted 06.iv.2017]

Marie Corelli was extremely popular at the turn of the century, so much so that J. M. Stuart-Young complained about the “Corelli Cult.” Biographer Annette Federico said that Corelli’s novels broke all sales records. Her books are enjoying a resurgence of interest with a new generation of readers and scholars, but to date there is no critical monograph on her work. In that Anthem Press has expressed interest in publishing a collection of articles on Corelli, Brenda Ayres and Sarah E. Maier are soliciting essays on any topic relating to Corelli, as long as they have not been published before. Ayres has edited several collections with the most recent being Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century (Palgrave, 2017). Please send queries followed by a 300-word abstract and brief bio listing recent publications to and by 5th May.


[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 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




CFP: ‘Curiosity and Desire in Fin-de-Siècle Art and Literature’

11th-12th May 2018

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles

“Curiosity, and the desire of beauty, have each their place in art, as in all true criticism. When one’s curiosity is deficient, when one is not eager enough for new impressions and new pleasures, one is liable to value mere academical properties too highly, to be satisfied with worn-out or conventional types.”

—Walter Pater

“What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.”

—Oscar Wilde

Victorian theorists of aesthetics such as Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde saw curiosity and desire working in tandem in the creation of beauty. And while these two quotations reflect the dissidence across interpretations of aestheticism at the time, they are united in their emphasis on passionate engagement and creativity as necessary elements of academic scholarship itself. We wish to capture this spirited energy by bringing together scholars from around the world to explore the ways in which the fusion of curiosity and desire permeated the art and literature of the British fin de siècle.

This two-day conference is jointly organized by the International Walter Pater Society and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, world-renowned for its holdings of rare and manuscript materials from the period, notably Oscar Wilde, George Egerton, Alfred Douglas, Charles Ricketts, Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, and the fine presses of the fin de siècle. The conference will include workshops in which groups of scholars will carry on exploratory discussions that relate to the Clark’s extensive fin-de siècle collections.

We welcome proposals for either conference papers or workshop contributions.

Conference papers will be twenty minutes in length and should address the conference theme in relation to works by Pater, Wilde, or other figures from this period. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches, linking literature to the visual arts, music, performance, or science, as well as exploring the international dimension of the British fin de siècle. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical methods and the critics’ desires
  • Desire and the senses
  • Scientific and literary curiosity
  • Tastes and taxonomies
  • Empiricism and its discontents
  • Textual and material objects
  • The bizarre and the grotesque
  • Curiosity and the archive
  • The collection and the fetish
  • Ekphrastic practice
  • Different desires

Workshop contributions will consist of pre-circulated papers (circa 2,000 words), which speakers will introduce in five-minute presentations on the day. They should address one of the following three themes:

  • Aestheticism, curiosity, and desire
  • British aestheticism and French culture
  • The aesthetic book: fin-de-siècle printing and publishing

Proposals (300 words) for either papers or workshop contributions should be sent to no later than 1st October 2017.

Conference Organizers: Joseph Bristow, Dennis Denisoff, Stefano Evangelista, and Charlotte Ribeyrol. The conference is cosponsored by the International Walter Pater Society, the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.