Anthony Kelly on Newman, miracles and the challenges of rendering paradoxical lives intelligible.
‘Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint’ by John Cornwell.
The Times Literary Supplement
July 28, 2010
The Victorian Network (ISSN 2042-616X), an online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies, is recruiting a Submissions Editor. We are looking for a dedicated doctoral student in the first or second year of a PhD in Victorian Studies who is interested in gaining experience and developing career-relevant skills in the publishing process.
The Submissions Editor is an executive member of the Editorial Board, involved in all stages of the publishing process and in charge of managing submissions and liaising with authors.
For more information and details about the application process please send a 250-word statement about yourself and your research interests to email@example.com no later than 29 August 2010.
Call for Papers: Theatricality and Performance in Victorian Literature and Culture
The fourth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Dr. Beth Palmer (University of Surrey), will explore the various ways in which the Victorians related to concepts of performance and theatricality. The theatre held a central place in the Victorian imagination. Nineteenth-century investments in theatrical culture, as well as in theatrical modes of marketing and consuming literature, reflect in particularly interesting ways on the diverse performances – of class, gender, racial and national identities etc. – which shaped Victorian everyday life. We are therefore inviting submissions of no more than 7000 words investigating any aspect of this theme. A prize of £50, which we reserve the right to withhold, will be awarded for the best paper submitted.
A liberal approach to the topic is encouraged, and prospective contributors may wish to consider, among other things:
* The permeation of theatrical tropes and attitudes into non-literary areas of society (science, politics, religion etc.)
* Theatrical performances of authorship
* Actors, actresses and Victorian celebrity culture
* Spaces and politics of Victorian theatrical performances
* Victorian popular culture and the theatre
* Victorian theatre’s interfaces with written culture
* The effects of the physical and technological limitations of performance
* The role played by the theatre in forging a distinctly Victorian culture
* The effects of performance culture on the practice of reading
* Precedents set by the Victorians for our own theatrical culture
All submissions should conform to MHRA style conventions and the in-house submission guidelines. The deadline for submissions to our next issue is November 1, 2010. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Guarding Innocence: Moral Protectionism in Nineteenth Century Britain and America
3-4 September 2010
St Catharine’s College
University of Cambridge
This inter-disciplinary conference will explore 19th century concerns about the power of ‘negative’ moral influences upon individuals and society. It will attempt to document the attention paid to the perceived dangers of moral corruption, to describe how ‘innocence’ was conceptualized as a moral category, and to understand its cultural, philosophical, and religious underpinnings. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Rochelle Gurstein (Repeal of Reticence, 1996), and will look at the manner in which new ‘agents of exposure’ challenged the ‘reticent sensibility’ from 1850.
The conference will seek to shed light both on the conservative consolidation characteristic of the changes in public morality in the early part of the century, and also the way that this consolidation was reshaped and contested in the ensuing decades.
Presentations will include: ‘Preventing bad habits: Dugald Stewart on moral education’; ‘The free lovers’ challenge to Mr. Comstock and Mrs. Grundy’; ‘Christian humanist antecedents of early Victorian advice literature’; ‘Innocence in the family: The morality of intimacy in Victorian England’; ‘The English criminal courts, sexual activity between women and the protection of female “innocence”’; and ‘The ethic of innocence: A conceptual map’. The conference will end with a round-table discussion led by Prof. Peter Mandler (Cambridge).
Conference fees: £40 (full rate), £20 (postgrad student). Registration deadline: 20 August.
For registration form please e-mail email@example.com or find the conference under ‘Events listing’ at the IHR website (www.history.ac.uk)
This conference is made possible by funding from the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.