Call For Articles: Victorian Periodicals Review
Essays of 6,000-7,000 words are sought for a special number of *Victorian Periodicals Review* on the theme of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.
Much of the Victorian Press was built on an interdependency of work and leisure.
Several questions arise from this statement. They include, but are by no means limited to, the following.
What was the leisure that the press promoted and how different was it from work? Reading (as opposed to writing for) the press is obviously an insufficient answer: even reading fiction could be work for teachers, reviewers or those trying to entertain children or colleagues. To what extent, indeed, was the very concept of leisure a ruse? How far did the Victorian press inscribe women’s domestic labour as a form of leisure, or male work as pleasurable? More generally, how did the press fit into the wider context of the entertainment industry: the theatre, travel, music, exhibitions, sport – and shopping?
Not all of the press was devoted to leisure and its limits. What of that enormous sector that unashamedly named its focus as work-related: the trade and professional press, newspaper pages devoted to the stock market and commodity prices, articles worrying over women in the workplace, over the masculinity of the civil servant, or over the demands of labourers on strike?
Finally, what of the cultural work of the Victorian press? What was the function of the press in society? How might that cultural work relate to the pleasures of leisure?
As was seen at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals last year, the topic is a rich one that can be addressed in a multitude of ways.
Please submit completed manuscripts by 30 June 2012 (for publication in 2013) in Word (no PDFs please) to firstname.lastname@example.org