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.



Some primary sources
Interesting sites


Some primary sources

Mundus: gateway site to missionary-related research resources (UK).

Portcullis, gateway to the archives of Parliament

London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972: digitised and searchable


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.'

Reading Like a Victorian: A way to read 19th-century novels serially and in their cultural contexts

The Northern Nineteenth-Century Network
is designed to bring together scholars engaged in nineteenth-century studies and Victorianists of all disciplines in the north of England, particularly within the Yorkshire and Humberside region, while also forging links with international partners.



(Information on forthcoming conferences gratefully received)

VSAWC / VISAWUS 2017 Joint Conference
Victorian Education
Vancouver, British Columbia, 28-29 April 2017

Gender Stereotypes in the Long Nineteenth Century Symposium
30 April 2016 , University of Stirling

Joint NAVSA/AVSA Conference on Victorian Studies
La Pietra, Florence, Italy, May 17 to May 20, 2017

Conflict, Healing, and the Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century
27 May 2017, Durham University, UK

Medicine and Mystery: The Dark Side of Science in Victorian Fiction
ictorian Popular Fiction Association Study Day
8 June 2017, The Moore Institute, National University Ireland, Galway

Victorian Materialities, AVSA Conference
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 14-16 June 2017

Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century
22- 23 June 2017, University of Plymouth

British Women Writers Conference: Generations
June 22-24, 2017, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Theatrical Ecologies and Environments in the Nineteenth Century
University of Warwick, 1 July 2017

Rethinking the Institution in the Long Nineteenth Century
July 13- 14, 2017, Liverpool John Moore’s University

Victorian Popular Fiction Association 9th Annual Conference
Travel, Translation and Communication
Senate House, London, 19-21 July 2017:

Form and Reform: A conference on nineteenth-century literature, art, and history (pdf)
UC Santa Cruz, 27-29 Jul 2017

Borders and Border Crossings
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference
Freiburg University, Germany, 27th-29th July 2017

Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century
Liverpool Hope University, UK, 7 September 2017

Aesthetics and Form in Victorian Art, Literature, and Culture
28 Oct 2017, Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus

Convention and Revolution: Life writing by women in the 1800s and 1900s: archives, critiques and methods
29th November to 1st December 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Images, Copyright, and the Public Domain in the Long Nineteenth Century
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, March 29-30, 2018.


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