Call for Contributors: Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals

Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals Edited Collection: Call for Contributors Abstracts Due: 31st July 2016 Elizabeth Wilson, in Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity (2013), speaks of clothes being simultaneously objects and images (ix). Clothes can neither eschew their intimacy with the human body, nor how they map out a personal life course. […]

Key Popular Women Writers

Key Popular Women Writers General Editors: Dr. Janine Hatter  and Dr. Helena Ifill This innovative new series will deliver original and transformative feminist research into the work of leading women writers who were widely read in their time, but who have been under-represented in the canon. The series will offer critical, historical and aesthetic contributions […]

The ‘Heart’ and ‘Science’ of Wilkie Collins Study Day

Deadline for CFP: Friday 17th June 2016 Conference date: 24th September 2016 Location: Barts Pathology Museum, London Keynote: Dr. Tara MacDonald (University of Idaho) ‘“Why can’t I look into your heart, and see what secrets it is keeping from me?”’ The protagonist of Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science (1883), surgeon Ovid de Vere, laments the […]

CFA: Gender and Victorian Popular Fiction, Art and Culture

VPFA is pleased to announce a new call for articles: ‘Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art and Culture’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, special issue edited by Janine Hatter and Helena Ifill This special issue invites articles on all aspects of the relationship between gender and the “popular”. Popular fiction in the nineteenth century was repeatedly, and often […]

Study Day – Dressed to Kill: Fashion in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals

Study Day – Dressed to Kill: Fashion in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals Co-hosted by Victorian Popular Fiction Association and Liverpool John Moores University Saturday 19th March 2016, Aldham Robarts Library, LJMU Featuring The Liddell Hart Collection of Costume (LHCC) Call for Papers deadline for proposals: 5th February 2016 Please see the full call for papers here Registration […]

2015 Programme now available

Full details for this year’s conference are now available: VPFA 2015 – Programme (Word document) VPFA 2015 – Abstracts and Biographies (Word document) Reading pack (PDF) If you haven’t yet registered, please visit the IES website.

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association 2014 Postgraduate Grant Competition

Conference organisers are delighted to announce their receipt of funding from the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) to cover the registration fees of ten postgraduate students. How to apply: Home and International postgraduate students interested in presenting research at VPFA 2014 may apply for funding to cover the £30 registration fee by emailing organisers […]

A Special Announcement: ‘Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association’

Building on VPFA’s fantastic achievements, at this year’s conference, Anna Brecke and Janine Hatter are launching the ‘Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association’. Braddon is now a staple author of sensation fiction, but as recent scholarship is demonstrating, her vast and versatile oeuvre is still under appreciated. The ‘Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association’ aims to consolidate Braddon’s recognition […]