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Call for Papers – Rhoda Broughton and her Contemporaries.

RHODA BROUGHTON AND HER CONTEMPORARIES A CENTENARY CONFERENCE – 11th September 2021 A virtual conference to commemorate the centenary of Rhoda Broughton’s death. Hosted by the VPFA and co-organised with Dr. Graziella Stringos. Keynote Speaker: Prof Tamar Heller (University of Cincinnati) ——————– CALL FOR PAPERS ——————– Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was considered one of the queens […]

VPFA 2021 Conference, ‘Victorian Inclusion and Exclusion’ – Call for Papers

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association is dedicated to fostering interest in understudied popular writers, literary genres and other cultural forms, and to facilitating the production of publishable research and academic collaborations amongst scholars of the popular. We invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation on the topic of ‘Victorian Inclusion and Exclusion’ and its relation […]

Call for Expressions of Interest – New VPFA Executive Committee Role

New VPFA Executive Committee Role Networking and Development Coordinator  The purpose of the role: To seek out, share, coordinate and create opportunities for VPFA members of all career levels and backgrounds to network with each other, as well as with members of other Learned Societies, academics and experts. To identify and facilitate access to training […]

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 www.victorianchildren.home.blog   @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 […]