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The Victorian Popular Fiction Association was founded in 2009 by Greta Depledge and Jane Jordan. The Association is committed to the revival of interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms.

The VPFA holds an annual conference which is recognised as an important event on the annual conference circuit and offers a friendly and invigorating opportunity for established academics and postgraduate students to share their current research. The conference celebrated its 13th anniversary in 2021 with its second online conference,  co-organised by Anne-Marie Beller, Ailise Bulfin, Janine Hatter and Erin Louttit. Its 14th is scheduled for 13-15 July 2022.

In addition to the annual conference, we run regular Study Days that are dedicated to particular topics, allowing in-depth discussions on specific popular fiction authors, genres and cultural forms. Keen to ensure space is kept in the future for our discipline, we also run professionalisation training sessions.

The VPFA now runs three publishing ventures:

  1. Key Popular Women Writers and New Paths in Victorian Fiction and Culture for Edward Everett Root Publishers and
  2. our own digital, open-access, peer-reviewed, SCOPUS-indexed journal, hosted by Victorian Secrets: Victorian Popular Fictions.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Association, please take a look at our membership page. The annual subscription for members is £25 and just £10 for students.

The VPFA is a “List 3” approved Learned Society, which means that, formally recognised by the UK Government,  you can put your membership fee against your UK tax.