Nineteenth Century Group


General Description

The Nineteenth Century Group at Rutgers focuses primarily on British literature of the Victorian and Romantic periods. Our recent events include dissertation and publication workshops, guest speakers and panels on nineteenth-century topics, discussions of new work in the field, and events concerning methodological developments in the discipline.

We encourage interdisciplinary and cross-geographic boundary approaches to the period, and we direct our discussions every year around a particular theme. Each fall we organize an interdisciplinary round table discussion that brings together nineteenth-century scholars from across the country to discuss projects related to our theme. In the spring, we collaborate with Princeton to host a graduate conference, providing opportunities for students at any institution to share work and receive relevant feedback. 

Please email any of our three co-organizers to be added to the groups Sakai site, receive regular updates from our group, and gain access to the readings.

Fall 2021 Programming 

We are pleased to announce that our theme is "Public Health and the Living Organism in Nineteenth-Century Britain." We will be hosting a series of discussions that seek to evaluate nineteenth-century perceptions of "life" and "health" as they existed on multiple different scales, examining relevant nineteenth-century artifacts from a variety of disciplines—including literature, history, medicine, philosophy, and the visual arts—along with scholarship by our fall guest speakers.

The discussion series will culminate in our fall panel presentation, "From the Microscopic to the Macroscopic: Public Health and the Living Organism in Nineteenth-Century Britain," scheduled to take place virtually on November 12th, 2021 at 12 PM, EST. By arranging a panel of scholars whose interests range from gut flora to large-scale pandemic patterns, we hope to uncover new and surprising connections between microscopic and macroscopic forms of life and health. After all, as the past year has proven, the well-being of a society at large often depends upon the well-being of individuals on a much smaller scale.

We are also excited to offer workshops this semester for four of our own nineteenth-century graduate students. Check back in a few weeks for the complete schedule as well as the links to our virtual events. 

Fall 2021 Schedule

Monday, September 20th, 2021 @ 7 PM, EST:

Laurena Tsudama, "'Myself, as I had once been': The Optative Self in Dickens’s First-Person Novels," Article Workshop

Monday, October 4th, 2021 @ 7 PM, EST:

Vianna Iorio, "Revisiting Nelly Dean: Adaptation, Narration, and Social Class in Wuthering Heights," Article Workshop

Monday, October 18th, 2021 @ 7 PM, EST:

Alicia Rosenthal, "The Disunity of Choice and Consent: Sympathetic Reflection on Historical and Narratological Force in Daniel Deronda," Article Workshop

Friday, November 12th, 2021 @ 12 PM, EST:

Annual fall panel presentation, "From the Microscopic to the Macroscopic: Public Health and the Living Organism in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Zoom link and panelist announcement to follow. 

Monday, November 29th, 2021 @ 7 PM, EST:

Alice Martin, "Trollope’s Rhetoric of Likability: Claims to Social Know-How and Feminine Authority in Framley Parsonage and the Serialized Domestic Novel," Article Workshop