Nineteenth Century Group


General Description

The Nineteenth Century Group at Rutgers focuses primarily on British literature of the Victorian and Romantic periods. Our recent and recently-planned events include dissertation and publication workshops, guest speakers and panels on nineteenth-century topics, discussions of recently published work in the field, and events concerning new 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 year we also organize a round table discussion that brings together nineteenth-century scholars across disciplines and from across the country to discuss projects related to our theme. Finally, we also collaborate with Princeton graduate students to put on a graduate conference to provide opportunities for graduate students at any institution to share their work and receive relevant feedback and discussion.

Fall 2020 Programming

This year, our theme is “Blackness and Affect in the Nineteenth Century.” The semester’s programming will culminate in our annual state-of-the-field panel on Friday, November 13 at 4:30pm. Our speakers this year are Alisha R. Walters (Penn State University, Abington College) and Brigette Fielder (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Prior to this event, we will be hosting two discussion meetings in which allow participants the opportunity to explore our field in the context of this theme as well as gain familiarity with the work of our panelist prior to the round table. Looking ahead, our Spring 2021 programming will focus on offering graduate students the opportunity to workshop pieces for publication or dissertation-related projects.

See our Fall 2020 dates below and please reach out to Vianna Iorio (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Courtney Krolczyk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Alice Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be added to the groups Sakai site, receive regular updates from our group, and gain access to the readings.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 @ 6pm:
A discussion of Alisha R. Walters’ recent article, “‘The tears I could not repress, rolling down my brown cheeks’: Mary Seacole, Feeling, and the Imperial Body” (2020), along with “Undisciplining Victorian Studies” (2020), by Ronjaunee Chatterjee, Alicia Mireles Christoff, and Amy R. Wong.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 @ 6pm:
A discussion of Brigitte Fielder’s article, “Animal Humanism: Race, Species, and Affective Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionism”

Friday, Nov. 13 @ 4:30pm:
The state-of-the-field round table featuring Brigitte Fielder and Alisha Walters.