Victorian Popular Fiction Association Blog

VPFA is adding a blog to the website so we can continue discussions we begin at conferences and study days. We’d like this blog to be useful for members’ research and interesting to members of the public who are interested in Victorian popular fiction.

In the spirit of making this a communal project, we invite you to send blog posts for consideration (see below for submission guidelines). The categories of topics we’d like to include are as follows:

  • Announcements of relevant upcoming events and recently published work. These posts will likely be quite short, but still of interest to VPFA members. (announcement)
  • Summaries of or reflections on conferences or other relevant events you attend; these will be especially beneficial for those who were not able to attend the same event you did. For VPFA events we will solicit volunteers to write on the sessions they attend with a view to having a record of each session on the blog. (record of event)
  • Reviews of primary texts you come across that are not widely known. If you write on texts that are hard to find, please tell us where you found it. (primary text)
  • Reflections on issues raised in secondary material you encounter in your research. For example, my next post will be in response to Jonathan Cranfield’s Twentieth-Century Victorian: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine, 1891-1931. I’ve recently begun work on another “Victorian” writer whose career continues into the twentieth century, L. T. Meade, and want to consider the implications of Cranfield’s work beyond Doyle. (secondary text)

If you think of any broad categories you’d like to include, please take a moment to send them to

Submission Guidelines

  • Attach your proposed post in an email addressed to
  • In the subject line, flag the appropriate section using the parenthetical short titles above. For example, if I were sending my post on Cranfield discussed above, the subject line would be ‘VPFA blog: secondary text’
  • Make sure to include a 100-word biographical note and contact details at the end of your blog.