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Organizations

18thConnect is a sister-organization for NINES that gathers together a community of scholars that shapes the world of digital resources in the field of eighteenth-century literary and historical studies.

The Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA) aims to promote the activities and research of scholars in Victorian literary, historical, and cultural studies, including art history, architecture, politics, popular and print culture, and, increasingly, considerations of ‘the Victorian’ beyond the chronological period, and beyond the geographical centre of British Victorian Studies.

The British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge about the Victorian period. It has over 600 members, drawn from the academic community and the general public, in both the UK and abroad. Members have a wide range of interests in the nineteenth century, including art history, cultural studies, history, literary studies, performance studies, and the history of science.

The Brontë Society is a reputable literary society that reflects the continuing international appeal of the extraordinary family from Haworth. The Society consists of people from an endless variety callings and professions, all passionately interested in the lives of the Brontës and in what they created. (Organization and site also affiliated with the Brontë Parsonage Museum.)

The Dickens Project consists of scholars concerned with the simultaneously historic and modern issues that Charles Dickens and the Victorian Period evoke. In this vein, the Project creates opportunities for collaborative research on Dickens and the Victorian age; disseminates research findings through annual conferences, institutes, and publications; and supports the professional development of graduate students and produces curricular material for teaching Victorian literature at both secondary and post-secondary levels.

The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association (BWWA) provides a forum to discuss women’s writing – writing which has been historically overlooked, ignored, or excluded from the canon.

The Gaskell Society aims to promote and encourage the study and appreciation of the work and life of Elizabeth Gaskell; to record sources of information about the work of Elizabeth Gaskell and any other material relating to her life, family, work, and memory; to foster and stimulate an understanding of her work and life by other means; to arrange visits to places associated with her or her books; to encourage republication of her work; to promote and support special projects relating to her life and work at suitable times; and to co-operate with other societies having an interest in Elizabeth Gaskell and her times.

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) is an international group of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion and research. The organization sponsors annual meetings and enjoys a collaborative relationship with Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal. INCS encourages scholarly work that transcends disciplinary boundaries in its approach to cultural studies.

MediaCommons is a community network for scholars, students, and practitioners in media studies, promoting exploration of new forms of publishing within the field. MediaCommons was founded with the support of the Institute for the Future of the Book, and with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This network hopes to refocus scholarship in the field on the communication and discussion of new ideas in the field.

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) fosters new understandings and appreciations of the Victorians by hosting an annual conference and by otherwise encouraging and facilitating scholarly exchange, collaboration, and publication.

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is an interdisciplinary association for the study of nineteenth-century world cultures. The membership includes scholars whose disciplinary focus ranges from art, architecture, and literature to religious, scientific, and legal writing, to social, political, and economic debate.

The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) provides a forum for the discussion of a wide variety of theoretical approaches to Romantic works of all genres and disciplines. NASSR sponsors regular conferences on subjects relevant to the international and interdisciplinary study of Romanticism, and is particularly eager to forge interdisciplinary and international ties through associations with other academic societies.

The North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) provides a continental forum for the discussion of the Victorian period, encourages a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches to the field, and furthers the interests of scholars of the period within such larger bodies as the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Project Narrative aims to promote state-of-the art research and teaching in the field of narrative studies. Drawing on ideas from multiple disciplines, the Project focuses on narrative in all of its guises, from everyday storytelling in face-to-face interaction, to oral history and autobiography, to films, graphic novels, and narratives associated with digital environments, to the multitude of stories found in the world’s narrative literature.

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is an interdisciplinary and international association of scholars dedicated to the exploration of the richly diverse world of the nineteenth-century press, both its magazines and its newspapers. RSVP’s journal, the Victorian Periodicals Review, carries articles, reviews, and research guides on a wide-ranging variety of topics.

Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture. It is published by the University of Maryland and supported, in part, by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the English Departments of Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Maryland.

SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms including marks on stone, script on parchment, printed books and periodicals, and new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communications network.

The Stanford Literary Lab discusses, designs, and pursues literary research of a digital and quantitative nature. (Many of these projects focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature.)

Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) is a non-profit scholarly organization dedicated to the study of British Victorian literature, history, music, art, and other topics.

The Victorian Society In America is the only national non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of nineteenth-century heritage in the United States.

The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC) promotes nineteenth-century interdisciplinary studies by hosting an annual conference at which Victorianists gather from Canada and beyond to listen to keynote speakers of international reputation, and to share their own scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues.  The Association welcomes Victorianists from all disciplines of Victorian studies; members include scholars, teachers, students, and researchers in fields such as literature, history, cultural studies, gender studies, art history, science, religion, theatre, law, and music.

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Publications

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is an open-access, scholarly, refereed web journal dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary study in the long nineteenth century.

BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History is an extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) that provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925.

Brontë Studies is the only journal solely dedicated to research on the Brontë family – it aims to encourage further study and research on all matters relating to the Brontë family, their background and writings, and their place in literary and cultural history. The journal also provides an official record of the Brontë Society and reports new accessions to the Brontë Parsonage Museum and its research library.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a weekly news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students.

Inside Higher Ed publishes higher education news, jobs, commentary opinion, and career advice.

Journal of Victorian Culture Online is the online supplement to the Journal of Victorian Culture (JVC), which promotes the best work on all aspects of nineteenth-century society, culture, and the material world including: literature, art, performance, politics, science, medicine, technology, lived experience, and ideas. Concerned with the long nineteenth century, its legacies, and echoes in the present day, the journal encourages articles which interrogate periodization, historiography, and critical traditions.

Neo-Victorian Studies is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to contemporary re-imaginings of the nineteenth century in literature and the arts and humanities.

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art, and culture.

The Romantic Circles Praxis Series (RCPS) is devoted to using computer technologies to investigate critically the languages, cultures, histories, and theories of Romanticism. RCPS is committed to mapping out this terrain with the best and most exciting critical writing of contemporary Romanticist scholarship.

Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 is a twice-yearly journal that is committed to foregrounding innovative Romantic-studies research into bibliography, book history, intertextuality, and textual studies. To this end, the journal publishes material in a number of formats: among them, peer-reviewed articles, reports on individual/group research projects, bibliographical checklists, and biographical profiles of overlooked Romantic writers.

Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net(RaVoN) is an International Refereed Electronic Journal devoted to British Nineteenth-Century Literature. The journal, which began publication as Romanticism on the Net in February 1996, is published four times a year. It expanded its scope in August 2007 to include Victorian literature.

The Times Literary Supplement is a leading international forum for literary culture, and is the only literary weekly – in fact the only journal – to offer comprehensive coverage not just of the latest and most important publications, in every subject, in several languages – but also current theatre, opera, exhibitions and film.

Victorian Studies is devoted to the study of British culture of the Victorian age. It regularly includes interdisciplinary articles on comparative literature, social and political history, and the histories of education, philosophy, fine arts, economics, law, and science, as well as review essays, and an extensive book review section. Victorian Studies is the official publication of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA).

UpStage: A Journal of Turn-of-the-Century Theatre is a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture.

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Reference

British Women Romantic Poets, 1789 – 1832 is an electronic collection of texts from the University of California, Davis.

The Corvey Collection provides a vast archive of materials that document the nature and scope of literary publication in England during the Romantic period and that collect in one place uncommon, scarce, and even unique materials for the sort of systematic comparative study that will enable students and scholars to continue to interrogate important questions of canonicity, periodicity, and aesthetics that have emerged in recent years in the study of British Romantic literary culture.

The Dictionary of Victorian London is a vast website containing primary sources covering the social history of Victorian London. This includes extracts from Victorian newspapers, diaries, journalism, memoirs, maps, advertisements, and the full text of several dozen books.

The Directory of Open Access Journals seeks to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (NCSE) is a free, online scholarly edition of six nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers. It is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London, King’s College London (Centre for Computing in the Humanities and the Department of English), the British Library, and Olive Software. The edition is intended to be of use for anybody with an interest in nineteenth-century literature, history or culture, as well as those interested in the history of the press, or print culture more broadly.

Queen Victoria’s Journals is a complete online collection of Queen Victoria’s journals from the Royal Archives. These diaries cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince Albert, and later, her Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

The Rossetti Archive facilitates the scholarly study of Dante Gabriel Rossetti – the painter, designer, writer, and translator who was one of the most important and original artistic forces in the second half of the nineteenth century in Great Britain.

The Victoria Research Web is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of the period.

The Victorian Web is the WWW translation of Brown University’s Context 61, which serves as a resource for courses in Victorian literature.

The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the nineteenth century. The collection represents an array of genres – poetry, novels, children’s books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. VWWP contains scores of authors, both prolific and rare.

The William Blake Archive is a contemporary response to the needs of a dispersed and varying audience of readers and viewers, and to the corresponding needs of the collections where Blake’s original works currently reside. A free site on the World Wide Web since 1996, the Blake Archive functions as an international public resource that provides unified access to major works of visual and literary art that are highly disparate, widely dispersed, and more and more often severely restricted as a result of their value, rarity, and extreme fragility.

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Blogs and Discussion Groups

AustenProse discusses Jane Austen novels, movies, and the pop culture her work has inspired.

BrontëBlog covers everything you could ever want to know about this nineteenth-century literary family.

Brontë Parsonage Blog is the official blog of the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Brontë Society.

The Cat’s Meat Shop is a blog containing pieces of source material from pending updates to the Dictionary of Victorian London and assorted reports of visits to buildings in London by web host Lee Jackson.

DickensBlog celebrates all things related to this Victorian literary giant – quotes, reflections, adaptations, references and tributes from other authors, and more.

Digital Romanticisms is the research and teaching blog of Kirstyn Leuner, a doctoral candidate in Romantic literature and digital humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Digital Victorianist is a blog run by Bob Nicholson, a historian of nineteenth-century popular culture at Edge Hill University. The project explores the digital humanities, especially the new methodological possibilities offered to cultural historians by the digitization of nineteenth-century newspaper archives.

Edwardian Promenade is devoted to the social and political history, the literature, the music, the fashion, the food, etc., of the world between the years 1880 and 1914, with a primary focus on life in Great Britain and the United States. Featuring occasional interviews, feature columns, book reviews, and discussions about the history behind period dramas, this site hopes to raise interest and excitement about the time period.

Gaskell Blog explores Elizabeth Gaskell’s work, life, and the society of the Victorian era.

The History Chicks blog hosts a series of podcasts that provide listeners with an accessible, entertaining introduction to topics in women’s history.

The Hoarding: On 19th-Century Literary Scholarship is devoted to reporting recent work in British Romantic and Victorian literature, including books, articles, digital resources, and conferences. Particular interests are poetry, digital scholarship, and the history of the book.

INCS Info is the official blog of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS).

The Little Professor is for the discussion of things Victorian and academic.

North East Nineteenth Century aims to create and sustain a research community of postgraduate students working on any aspect of the literature, art, culture, or society of the long nineteenth century. The group is based disciplinarily within literary studies, but is keen to involve those with other disciplinary backgrounds who have either an academic or a general interest in the period.

The Project Narrative Blog is the official online discussion forum for Project Narrative affiliates and others interested in the study of stories and storytelling.

Planet Century 19 is a meta-blog that collects contents of select nineteenth-century blogs.

The Romantic Circles Blog provides news, notes, and announcements from the Romantic Circles community.

Serial Readers mimics the initial publication and reading experience of Victorian novels by posting comments on each monthly or weekly installment of a selected work. By reading novels in this fashion, as they were initially published, readers can attend to the serial format, with its particular rhythms, more closely.

The TLS Blog is the official blog of The Times Literary Supplement.

VICTORIA: The Electronic Conference for Victorian Studies is a LISTSERV associated with the Victoria Research Web that provides a free electronic forum for the exchange of research ideas and queries, notices of recent books, conference listings, and lively discussion of a vast variety of issues, large and small, that bear on the study of “the long 19th century” in Britain. VICTORIA equally welcomes contributions related to literature, social history, politics, gender studies, publishing, art, and intellectual history.

Of Victorian Interest is the official blog of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA).

The Victorian Peeper combines scholarship, a range of subjects, a light touch, and excellent images and links related to the Victorian era. (Description taken from a review of the blog in UK Politics.)

The Victorian Poetry Network (VPN) aims to be a virtual hub for Victorian poetry research and teaching. It is a collaborative project, bringing together scholars and students of Victorian poetry to create a dynamic digital community. VPN functions as a blog authored by the VPN team and invited scholars in the field, a resource center for research projects and teaching, and a social space.

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Locations

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire, is where the Brontës spent a great deal of their lives – the museum works to preserve the home the family once owned. (Museum and site also affiliated with the Brontë Society.)

The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world’s most important Dickens collection with over 100,000 items including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings, and other visual sources. Based in 48 Doughty Street, the author’s only surviving London house, the museum offer visitors the chance to experience what Dickens’s home would have been like and learn more about the great novelist and social commentator.

Dickens World is a theme park in Kent that provides an amazing, multi-sensory, interactive experience of the sights, sounds, and smells of nineteenth-century England.

The Elizabeth Gaskell House, a Manchester villa built in 1838, retains some of its original large garden space. It has beautiful reception rooms on the ground floor, with their original doors, shutters, and plasterwork. Upstairs are the large airy bedrooms and below the very spacious domestic quarters (without any of their original fittings). When the house is restored it will tell its own story – not only the story of Elizabeth Gaskell, her books, her family, and the many leading nineteenth-century literary figures who were their guests, but also the history of the varied communities who have lived along Plymouth Grove since it was first developed.

Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton is where Austen spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she did the majority of her mature writing, but at the same time retains the charm of a village home. A seventeenth-century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family.

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Entertainment

Academic Earth provides free access to an expansive variety of online university lectures. This organization aims to build a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give Internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses from the world’s leading scholars.

British Library: 19th-Century Collection is a free iPad application that provides access to selections from the British Library’s nineteenth-century resources. It includes classic novels, works of philosophy, history, and science. Browse, search, and read historic documents on a platform that captures and preserves the look of the originals – high-quality digital images of marbled papers, embossed covers, engraved illustrations, maps, and beautifully colored plates create a truly unique reading experience.

Hark! A Vagrant features an endless assortment of creative history- and literature-themed comics by Kate Beaton.

The Kyoto Costume Institute systematically collects and preserves outstanding examples of western clothing through the centuries, as well as the documents and other items related to this area of study.

Mind Your Manners! – The Victorian Period is an educational, interactive nineteenth-century role-playing game created and hosted by the McCord Museum in Montreal. Adopt the role of a nineteenth-century character. . . and try to earn respect in a world in which the rules of etiquette govern every move.

Queen Victoria Online Scrapbook is a virtual companion to Britain’s longest reigning Monarch. Through documents from the Royal Archives, paintings and photographs from the Royal Collection, audio and film clips, learn about Queen Victoria’s life and reign: from her childhood as a young Princess to her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897; her role as Queen of Britain and its Empire and her life as a wife and mother; her Royal Household and the inventions and improvements of the Victorian era.

Out of Print Clothing celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion, with products featuring iconic and often out-of-print book covers. In addition to spreading the joy of reading through tees and accessories, Out of Print donates one book for each item sold to a community in need through the Books For Africa campaign.

Worth & Mainbocher Online, hosted by the Museum of the City of New York, is an exhibition featuring 119 stellar works by two masters of haute couture – Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) and Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher, 1891-1976) – that explores the garments’ histories, details, and construction from the outside in.

** Nota Bene: Most descriptions are from the linked sites.

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