Enola Holmes Netflix Party

VPFA are excited to bring you a social event to cheer up your start of term from the safety of your sofa. On Sat 26th Sept we will be holding our first Netflix party night with a screening of Enola Holmes. We will kick off at 8pm (BST) & guest expert Chris Pittard will be […]

Third Sex Reading Group!

Following on from the successful ‘Third Sex’ reading group at the VPFA’s 2020 conference, a more permanent reading group is now established! Meeting once a month, the group will continue to focus on texts that examine ‘the third sex’ – that is; Victorian and neo-Victorian works that explore sex and gender, queerness, and LGBTQA+ identities.  Meetings […]

Vacancies for Executive Committee Roles

Application deadline: 10th July 2020 The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is seeking expressions of interest for Members who would like to join the Executive Committee in the following posts: Social Media Manager. Duties include: running the Twitter and Facebook accounts; posting relevant information on the social media accounts; working with the Web Manager to monitor […]

Twitter Taster Day

Event Report The #VPFA Religion Twitter Taster for the postponed study day on Religion and Victorian Popular Literature and Culture took place on Saturday 30 May with a day of short papers in the form of Twitter threads. We began at 11.00 UK time with a fantastic keynote by Dr Anne-Marie Beller and Dr Kerry Featherstone on […]

Meet a Member: Dorothy Vinegrad

Having been a member of the VPFA for the previous two years, and with a rather sparse entry in the Members’ Directory, I decided it was about time I made myself known to fellow members of the Association. So hello. I’m Dorothy Vinegrad, a part time PhD student at the University of Hull. My background […]

VPFA Study Day Announcement: ‘The Threatened Child in Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction and Culture’

Friday, 20th September 2019 Humanities Institute, University College Dublin Keynote: Professor Kathryn Hughes (University of East Anglia) Walking Tour: Victorian Gothic Dublin, followed by dinner   @VPFA1    #VPFAChildren Call for Papers: Owing to rapid population growth coupled with high mortality rates, nineteenth-century Britain was a young society, with those under fourteen constituting from between a […]

Mapping Victorian Popular Fictions Announcement

CFP Special issue of Victorian Popular Fictions Journal Mapping Victorian Popular Fictions Many popular narratives of the long nineteenth century are spatially articulate, and some contain actual maps – of treasure hunts, London slums, epic journeys, a threatened countryside. To what extent can a fictional narrative be seen to constitute a verbal map, a guidebook […]

Lin Young’s Experiences at Gladstone’s Library – Mary Eliza Root Prize 2019

‘Three Quiet Days at Gladstone’s Library: Reconnecting with Silence through Research’  Lin Young, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada In February of 2019, I boarded a plane in Toronto, Canada to get to Manchester, after which I hopped a few trains to Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Wales. It wasn’t something I’d ever imagined I’d do […]

New Member Publication!

Crossing Borders in Victorian Travel: Spaces, Nations and Empires (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2018) Edited by Barbara Franchi and Elvan Mutlu ISBN: 978-1-5275-0372-4 Pages: 259 Price: £61.99 How did Victorian travellers define and challenge the notion of Empire? How did the multiple forms of Victorian travel literature, such as fiction, travel accounts, newspapers, and poetry, shape perceptions […]