I'm not sure I strictly consider myself a Victorianist - my real field of interest is the early twentieth century: but it's impossible to think about sex after 1900 without giving quite a lot of attention to 'Victorianism', both as an enduring force and something to be reacted against.

Victorian sex factoids: some much-reiterated canards Victorian Psychiatry: some suggestions for reading


Two articles of my own of Victorian interest:

'The Other in the Mirror: Sex, Victorians and Historians' a piece in progress about problems and stereotypes in thinking about Victorian sexuality
now with expanded bibliography

'The Great Scourge': Syphilis as a medical problem and moral metaphor, 1880-1916
A paper written for and given at a Courtauld Institute Symposium, 23 May 1998: Le Grand Mort. Twentieth Century Bodies, Sexuality, Death and Degeneracy, and unlikely to appear anywhere in exactly this form.


My publications, and reviews and recommended reading of particularly Victorian relevance.


>Literary abortion: mentions of abortion in literary texts, Following discussions on the Victoria listserv, I have added a number of Victorian references I did not already have.



Archives and manuscripts
Interesting sites


Archives and manuscripts

Because so many people still ask the question, are there any papers of/where are the papers of
The National Register of Archives and ARCHON:
essential first resort to find out where UK archives are held.

Two useful subject gateway sites: Genesis: developing access to women's history sources in the British Isles, and Mundus: missionary-related research resources (UK).

Victorian medicine and health: some suggestions of sources at the Wellcome Library

Portcullis, gateway to the archives of Parliament


Interesting Sites

Victoria Research Web: a plethora of resources for the Victorianist, including the archives of the VICTORIA e-list

British Association for Victorian Studies

Australasian Victorian Studies Association

Victorians Institute & Journal

The Victorian Turkish Bath
Malcolm Shifrin's information exchange

Charlotte M. Yonge web page

and now

Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge

The W. T. Stead site

The Victorian Women Writers Project
Online, and highly accurate, transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. A wonderful source for hard-to-find texts.

The Victorian Dictionary
a guide to the social history of Victorian London
with the in-progress list of Top Victorians

An Electronic Journal for the Exchange of Information on Current Research, Publications and Productions concerning Oscar Wilde and his Circle: and several other online journals and websites of fin de siecle interest
Special edition devoted to the homoerotic novel Teleny

Monuments and Dust: The Culture of Victorian London
'the work of an international group of scholars now assembling a complex visual, textual, and statistical representation of Victorian London--the largest city of the nineteenth-century world and its first urban metropolis'

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

NINES: Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies

Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies

NCSE: nineteenth-century serials edition:
getting Victorian newspapers and periodicals online

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
'a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture'

North American Victorian Studies Association and their blog.

19 - Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century: online journal

Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA)

Carlyle Letters Online

Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies

Victorian Working-Class Women Poets Archive

At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901

Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN)

Planet Century 19
'a meta-blog that collects contents of select 19th century blogs. It is maintained by Kelly Searsmith, Ph.D.'

Bruce Rosen's idiosyncratic selection of short bits about elements of Victorian history

Victorian Shrines: museums dedicated to Victorians

Studies in Scarlet: Marriage and Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914
'Drawn from the Harvard Law School Library's extensive trial collections... images of the texts of more than 450 separately published trial narratives printed in the United States or the United Kingdom from 1815 until 1914.... divorce, domestic violence, adultery, bigamy, breach of promise to marry, and the custody of children... murder and rape. Featured are trials concerning the wealthy and the renowned.... The larger part of the collection, however, consists of the stories of ordinary men and women thrust into the public eye when their marriages and love affairs went wrong, or their relationships did not conform to social standards.'

is an electronic research resource invaluable not just for Gladstone scholars, but for all students of nineteenth century literature and culture, as well as for historians of the book and of reading.

New Books on Literature 19, a project devoted to the timely reviewing of recent works in the field of nineteenth-century literature

Victorian Network is a new online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.

The Journal of Victorian Culture Online

Simeon Solomon Research Archive: on the life and work of Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), the gay, Anglo-Jewish, Pre-Raphaelite/Aesthetic artist

BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History: 'provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925'.

International Centre for Victorian Woman Writers, Canterbury Christ Church University

William Morris Gallery: refurbished and reopening

Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives
'The project will explore the medical, literary and cultural responses in the Victorian age to the perceived problems of stress and overwork, anticipating many of the preoccupations of our own era.'



(Information on forthcoming conferences gratefully received)

Victorian Gossip and Rumours
Wednesday 15 June 2016, Loughborough University

Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century
Friday 17th June 2016, Birkbeck, University of London

The Body and Pseudoscience in the long nineteenth century
18 June 2016, Newcastle University

'A Time of Judgement': The Operation and Representation of Judgement in Nineteenth-Century Cultures
Plymouth University, UK, 23 and 24 June 2016

AVSA 2016, "Victorian Margins"
Ballarat, Victoria, 7-9 July 2016

The First of May: Politics in the Victorian Imagination
6-8 July 2016, The Gladstone Centre at Gladstone's Library

Victorian Popular Fiction Association 8th Annual Conference: Victorian Popular Genres
14-15 July 2016, Senate House, London

Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1880s-90s
International Centre for Victorian Women Writers: From Brontë to Bloomsbury: Realism, Sensation and the New in Women’s Writing from the 1840s to the 1930s
25th and Tuesday 26th July 2016, Canterbury Christchurch University

Consuming (the) Victorians
2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies
Cardiff University, Wednesday 31 August to Friday 2 September 2016

Bigger, Better, More! - Growth and Expansion in the Victorian Press
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals 2016 conference
University of Missouri-Kansas Campus, September 9th and 10th, 2016

Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century
10th and 11th September 2016, St Anne’s College, Oxford

Pernicious Trash? Victorian Popular Fiction, 1830-1880
12 September 2016, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University

Radical women, 1880-1914
17 Sept 2016, Working Class Movement Library, Salford UK

VISAWUS 2016 Conference: Transgressions
September 29-October 1, 2016, Austin, Texas USA

Victorian STEAM
Victorians Institute Conference
October 14-15, 2016, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Victorians Like Us III International Conference ‘Progress. A blessing or a curse?’
University of Lisbon, 26-27 October 2016

North American Victorian Studies Association
Social Victorians
November 2-5, 2016, Phoenix, AZ

Maritime Masculinities, 1815-1940
19th- 20th December, 2016, University of Portsmouth

Moralities in the Long Nineteenth Century
Saturday 18 February 2017, Durham University, UK


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