2005 Conference & Annual Meeting

Victorian Periodicals and Politics

September 16-18, 2005

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Conference Center

George Washington University

800 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052


(directions & parking info on their web site)

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2005 registration fee: $120.00 ($80.00 grad-student rate). Registration can be done by check, money order, or credit card.

For credit-card payments, registration forms can also be faxed to the attention of Keely Walston, Academic Affairs Office, George Washington University at (202) 994-0709.

Kindly direct questions about local arrangements to Maria Frawley at MFrawley @ gwu.edu.


All of the area airports offer numerous ground transportation options. Two of the most popular transportation services are Super Shuttle (1-800-BLUE-VAN, http://www.supershuttle.com/) and Washington Flyer (http://www.washfly.com/). National Airport is on the Blue/Orange Metro line: many DC-area hotels are near metro stops (including the two conference hotels).

Recommended Lodging

We have blocks of 40 rooms at two hotels: the George Washington University Inn and One Washington Circle. Both hotels are close to the Cafritz Conference Center, where most sessions will be held, and to the Foggy Bottom Metro station. The GWU Inn is closer to the Kennedy Center, while the Circle Hotel has better walking access to Dupont Circle. To ensure conference rates, bookings should be made by August 15.

George Washington University Inn


Conference Rate: $139 per night (refer to BLOCK #4288)

824 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20037

(800) 426-4455 booking line

(202) 337-6620

(202) 298-7499 fax

One Washington Circle Hotel


Conference Rate: $149 per night (refer to BLOCK #11983)

One Washington Circle, NW

Washington, DC 20037

(800) 424-9671 booking line

(202) 872-1680

(202) 785-6642 fax

For best service, both hotels suggest making reservations M - F 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST.

Conference Program


Pre-Conference Activities


Tour of "Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings from the 1880s," Freer Gallery of Art (attendees should meet at the Mall Entrance Lobby of the Freer Gallery of Art. The closest metro stop is "Smithsonian." Exit the metro, turn right, cross the street at the crosswalk, and the Freer Gallery is directly in front).


Meet for tour of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, followed by a sherry reception (closest metro stop is "Capital South." Exit the metro and walk one block north to the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building is at 10 First Street SE. Convene for the tour at the ground floor entrance, inside security).


Tour of the Jefferson Building, led by John Cole, Director of the Center for the Book and Library of Congress historian.

5:00 - 6:00

Sherry Reception, hosted by John Cole and the Center for the Book.


Board Meeting and Dinner (Location TBA).


All conference sessions, with the exception of the two keynote addresses, will be held at the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW. Coffee and tea and other refreshments will be available between sessions in room 310 of the Marvin Center.

8:00 - 9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast (Room 310)

9:00 - 10:30

I. Domesticity Commercialized and Professionalized (Room 308)

Chair: Andrea Broomfield, Johnson County Community College

Alexis Easley, University of Alaska Southeast, "The Politics of Domesticity: Periodicals, Tourism, and the Reconstruction of Carlyle's House."

Janet Tanke, CUNY-Graduate Center, "The Politics of Cooking: The Professionalization of the Culinary Art(s) in the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine and the Pall Mall Gazette."

Tara Stern Moore, University of Delaware, "Punch and the Construction of the Victorian Christmas."


II. Art Journals and Criticism (Room 309)

Chair: Jennifer Green-Lewis, George Washington University

Katherine Haskins, Director of the Arts Library, Yale University, "The Politics of Praise: The Art Union, the Probe, and Early Victorian Art Journalism in Britain."

Patricia de Montfort, University of Glasgow, "The Politics of the Art Review, 1860-1880: F. G. Stephens and Tom Taylor."

Thomas Tobin, William Morris Society, "The Politics of Small Victorian Art Periodicals."

10:45 - 12:15

I. Socialism and Anarchism in Fin-de-Siècle Periodicals (Room 308)

Chair: Linda Peterson, Yale University

Kabi Hartman, Franklin & Marshall College, "'A Sort of Meeting Place': Women's Columns and the Making of Socialism in the Clarion and the Labour Leader."

Morna O'Neill, Yale Center for British Art, "'Good Propaganda': Walter Crane, the Periodical Press, and the Visual Culture of English Socialism."

Lana Dalley, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, "Feminist Politics and the Radical Press: A Reading of Domesticity and Economics in The Malthusian (1879-1885)."

II. Periodical Authorship and Audience (Room 309)

Chair: D. J. Trela, University of Michigan-Flint

Ellen Jordan, University of Newcastle, Australia, "Using the 'Burrows Method' to Identify Authorship in Nineteenth-century Periodicals."

Katherine Malone, Temple University, "'The byways of Literature': Margaret Oliphant's Periodical Reviews and the Politics of Audience."

Meghan Mercier, George Washington University, "Uneasy in Household Words: Dickens' Child's History of England."

12:30 - 1:45

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: "Digitization Victorian Periodiclas: Prospects and Issues" (Room 308). Leader: Patrick Leary, VictorianResearch.org (or lunch on your own).

2:00 - 3:45

I. Periodicals and Political Reform (Room 308)

Chair: David Latane, Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael Michie, York University, Toronto, "Tait's Edinburgh Magazine and Political Reform in the 1830s."

David Morphet, "Keeping our friends in the right course": The Political Mission of the Quarterly Review, 1809-59."

Sally Ledger, Birkbeck College, University of London, "That 'Savage Little Robespierre!": Douglas Jerrold and Popular Radical Journalism in the 1840s and 1850s."

Janice Carlisle, Yale University, "Punch and the Working Man."

II. Fin-de-Siècle Journals (Room 309)

Chair: Linda Hughes, Texas Christian University

Anne Humpherys, CUNY Graduate Center, "The Journals that Did: Writing about Sex in the 1890s."

Margaret D. Stetz, University of Delaware, "'The Suspense Was Awful': Gothic Horror and British Imperial Politics in the Wide Wide World Magazine."

Laurel Brake, Birkbeck College, University of London, "Daily Politics and Monthly Fiction: 'Journalism Fiction' in the Review of Reviews."


Welcoming Remarks and Plenary Lecture (City View Room and Terrace, 1957 E Street: approx. a 10 minute walk from the Marvin Center).

Welcoming Remarks: Donald Lehman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University.

Plenary Lecture: Sally Mitchell, Temple University: "Freedom to Write: Negotiating Editorial Politics."

Wine and cheese reception to follow.


8:00 - 9:00

Continental Breakfast (Room 310)

9:00 - 10:30

I. Regional Identities, National Identities (Room 308)

Chair: Dane Kennedy, George Washington University

Francesca Benatti, National University of Ireland, Galway, "Editor in Action: Charles Gavan Duffy and The Nation, 1842-1848."

Megan Ferguson, University of Dundee, Scotland, "Anima Celtica: What is The Evergreen in Scottish Nationalism?"

II. New Topics in Periodical Studies: Dance, Dining, Music (Room 309)

Chair: Paula Krebs, Wheaton College

Cheryl Wilson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, "Politicizing Dance in Victorian Periodicals."

Laura Vorachek, University of Alabama, "Music and the Politics of Space in Punch."

Andrea Broomfield, Johnson County Community College, "The Politics of Dining Out: Negotiating the 1890s Restaurant Scene with Nathaniel Newnham-Davis and the Pall Mall Gazette."


10:45 - 12:15

I. Poetry, Periodicals, and Imperial Politics (Room 308)

Chair: Judith Plotz, George Washington University

Kitty Ledbetter, Texas State University, "War Scares and Patriot-Soldiers: Tennyson's Political Poetry in Victorian Periodicals."

Sheshalatha Reddy, University of Michigan, "'Queen of the seas, enlarge thyself!': Poetry and Politics, Empire and Expansion during the Jubilee."

Chandrika Kaul, University of St. Andrews, "Victorian Periodicals and the Political Culture of Empire: A Case Study of the Indian Empire."

II. Feminist Politics (Room 309)

Chair: Carol Martin, Boise State University

Tracey S. Rosenberg, University of Edinburgh, "The 'Wicked Westminster" versus the Daily Telegraph: What 'Marriage' Meant to Victorian Society."

Fran Baker, Drew University, "Shrieking Sisters: Frances Power Cobbe, Eliza Lynn Linton, and Separate Spheres in Victorian Periodicals."

Molly Youngkin, California State University-Dominguez Hills, "'Independent in Thought and Expression, Kindly and Tolerant in Tone': Henrietta Stannard, Golden Gates, and Gender Issues in Fin-de-Siècle Periodicals."

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch and business meeting (Room 307)

2:15 - 3:45

I. Religion and Religious Periodicals (Room 308)

Chair: Elizabeth Harlan, George Washington University

Kathleen Vejvoda, Bridgewater State College, "Catholic Emancipation and The Lady's Magazine."

Frank Wallis, Naugatuck Valley College, "Anti-Catholicism in The Bulwark, or Reformation Journal."

Jill Rappoport, University of Virginia, "Salvation Army Periodicals: 'Slum Sisters' and the Colonization of 'Darkest England."

II. Women and their Magazines (Room 309)

Chair and Respondent, : Margaret Beetham, Manchester Metropolitan University

Kimberly J. Stern, Princeton University, "The Salonnière of the Westminster Review: George Eliot and the New Woman of Letters."

Alberto Gabriele, New York University, "The Re-definition of the Public Sphere in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Belgravia, 1867-1876."

Cheryl Cassidy, Eastern Michigan University, "Creating a Visual Record: Photographs of Women in Nineteenth-Century Missionary Magazines."


Michael Wolff Lecture (Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street NW: across the street from the Marvin Center. The Jack Morton Auditorium is located on the first floor, street level).

Michael Wolff Lecture: Leslie Howsam, University of Windsor: "Narratives and Editors: History and Historians in Victorian Periodical Research."


9:00 - 10:30

I. The Future of Victorian Periodicals Research (Room 308)

Moderator: Patrick Leary, VictorianResearch.org

John North, Waterloo Directory, "The Waterloo Directory: Structure and Consequences."

Jo-Anne Hogan, ProQuest, "The Wellesley Index Online."

Peter Mandler, Cambridge University, "The British Library 19th-Century Newspapers Digitization Project."

Mark Holland, Thompson Gale, "Bringing Victorian Journals Online."

II. Teaching Roundtable: (Room 310)

Moderator: Teresa Mangum, University of Iowa

Michelle Allen, U. S. Naval Academy & Rechelle Christie, Texas Christian University, "An Undergraduate American Literature and Identity Course Looks East to Great Britain."

Jennifer Phegley and Lyndsey Magrone, Professor and Undergraduate English Major, University of Missouri at Kansas City, "Politics, Periodicals, and Technology: Digitizing Charles Dickens's Hard Times and Household Words for Classroom Use."

Mark Turner, King's College London, "Queering the Magazines."



Walk-in Tours of the "Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings from the 1880s" are available at the Freer Gallery. Gather at the Mall Entrance of the Freer Gallery of Art (closest metro stop: Smithsonian). Docents have been alerted to expect groups wanting to see the Whistler exhibit.

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