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We are an interdisciplinary Association interested in exploring all aspects of the long nineteenth century, from science to music, from architecture to religion, from movement to literatures—and beyond. We hope you will peruse these pages as a volume inviting you to join us at our annual spring meeting, and we ask you to join our community of those with nineteenth century interests.


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Q&A: Sebastian Lecourt

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Sebastian Lecourt received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston. His research focuses on Victorian literature and questions of secularization, colonialism, and comparativism. His first book, Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2018), considers a group of liberal intellectuals who debated whether religion was a matter of individual belief or of cultural identity, and shows how this distinction became central to liberal understandings of aesthetic agency. Lecourt is currently working on a second book project entitled The Genres of Comparative Religion, 1783-1927, which considers the role that literary forms played in constructing the nineteenth-century canon of “world religions.” His essays have appeared in PMLA, Representations, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and other journals.


What is one of your favorite nineteenth-century quotations? Early in my dissertation work I came across this line in Matthew Arnold’s Literature and Dogma...


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Author: David Agruss/Number of views (497)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Andrea Henderson

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Andrea Henderson is professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Romantic Identities: Varieties of Subjectivity, 1774-1830 (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Her most recent book, Algebraic Art: Mathematical Formalism and Victorian Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018), is a study of formal abstraction in Victorian mathematics and literature.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger scholar-teacher? I recently had a series of student conferences that left me feeling...

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Monday, May 13, 2019/Author: David Agruss/Number of views (977)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Q&A: Ani Kokobobo

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Ani Kokobobo received her B.A. from Dartmouth (2005) and Ph.D. from Columbia University (2011). She is currently Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Slavic Department at the University of Kansas as well as editor of the Tolstoy Studies Journal. She has published a monograph, Russian Grotesque Realism: The Great Reforms and Gentry Decline (Ohio State University Press, 2018), as well as two coedited volumes: Russian Writers and the Fin de Siècle—The Twilight of Realism (Cambridge University Press, 2015); and Russia’s Regional Identities: The Power of the Provinces (Routledge, 2018). She has written over 20 academic articles, and her writing for the public has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon.com, The New Republic, Business Insider, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

What are you doing in the nineteenth-century classroom that incorporates Digital Humanities / New Media scholarship? I taught a course on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and digital humanities a couple of years ago...

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Saturday, April 13, 2019/Author: David Agruss/Number of views (1426)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Q&A: Gregory Vargo

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Gregory Vargo is an Assistant Professor of English at New York University and co-editor of Chartist Fiction Online, which catalogues fiction and reviews in thirty-five radical periodicals. His first book, An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2018), traces the social, institutional, and textual networks linking middle-class writers to the world of working-class politics and argues that the flourishing radical press of the 1820s to 1850s helped shape mainstream literature. He is currently editing a collection of four plays that were written or performed by members of the 1840s British protest movement Chartism. This collection will be published by Manchester University Press in 2020. An article based on this research recently appeared in Victorian Studies. He is also in the early stages of a book-length manuscript about the response of British social movements to such colonial crises as slave revolts in the early nineteenth century and the Indian Rebellion of 1857. 

What was your favorite discovery / serendipitous moment when conducting research on the nineteenth century? I love this question because a recent serendipitous find changed my research...

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