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London Gaskell Reading Group

This exciting new interdisciplinary reading group unites Gaskell enthusiasts, undergraduates, postgraduates and academics from across London and the south east to discuss and celebrate one of the most distinctive voices in nineteenth-century fiction. In the bicentenary of Gaskell’s birth, we shall be reading a range of her work from major novels to some of the lesser-known short stories, considering such themes as place, work, material culture, story-telling, affect, industrial life, female writing, the woman question, science and empire.

Meetings will be held alternately at Roehampton University and King’s College London. Please join us for a glass of wine and some lively discussion.

If you are interested in attending, please email one of the organisers, Alison Lundie ( or Louise Lee ( [See]

Shows of London Group

The Shows of London group is a mixed group of academics and postgraduates at King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute who are interested in the entertainment and display cultures of nineteenth-century London, urban cultures, and technologies of spectacle and consumption. We meet three to four times a term to discuss particular works on these topics and the broad methodological issues that they raise.

If you are interested in finding out more, visit their website or contact Tammy Ho Lai-Ming,

The University of York Victorian Society

The Victorian Society is a research community run by postgraduates at the University of York. We are an interdisciplinary group, open to anyone with research interests in the nineteenth century. Our aim is to promote an interinstitutional research network by hosting events such as lectures, reading groups, and conferences. If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, please contact us via the blog.

Victorian Popular Fiction Association

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association has been established to offer a regular forum for the dissemination and, hopefully, publication of the vast amount of research currently being done on Victorian popular fiction.

The planning of the Victorian Popular Novelists 1860-1900 conference in September 2009 confirmed to the Association’s founders that research into this area of Victorian studies was both diverse and rewarding. We anticipate that we will hold a biennial conference but also anticipate that regular research seminars would be productive and informative, enabling academics working in this field to share their work and establish and maintain a vibrant network of collaborative scholarship. For further details please see their website.

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