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)

See also the useful Journal of Victorian Culture Online and the OScholars Conference Calendar for information on forthcoming events

NVSA 2015: Victorian Accidents (pdf)
University of Rhode Island, April 10-12, 2015

Biological Discourses: The Language of Science and Literature around 1900
A two-day conference at the University of Cambridge, 10-11 April 2015

Abnormality and the abnormal in the nineteenth century
7 May 2014, Durham University

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) 2015 Mobilities
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA April 16-19, 2015

Paraphernalia! Victorian Objects
Leeds Trinity University, Friday 17th April 2015 Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism: 1895 to 1945
17-18 April 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London.

Sensational Men: Victorian Masculinity in Sensation Fiction, Theatre and the Arts
18th April 2015, Falmouth University, Cornwall

London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Graduate Conference
Saturday 25th April 2015 The Court Room, Senate House

MVSA 2015 "Sense and the Senses"
University of Iowa, May 1-3 2015

Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century
University of Hull, 20th-21st May 2015

Media 19 Conference. The press and journalists in the 19th century: identities and modernities
Paris, 8-12 June 2015

23rd Annual Meeting of the British Women Writers Conference: 'Relations'
June 25th-27th, 2015, at The Heyman Center, Columbia University

‘Victorian Modernities’ (pdf)
The University of Kent, 25-27 June 2015

International Centre for Victorian Women Writers second international conference
Reassessing Women Writers of the 1860s and 1870s
6-7 July 2015, Canterbury Christ Church University

Victorians in the World
NAVSA Annual Conference 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii, July 9-12, 2015

RSVP annual conference: Life and Death in the 19th-Century Press
Ghent University, Belgium, 10-11 July 2015

The Victorian Popular Fiction Association 7th Annual Conference: Victorian Authenticity and Artifice
13-15 July, 2015, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

The Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Birkbeck College, University of London, 16-18 July 2015

The Long, Wide Nineteenth Century (pdf)
July 31 - August 2, 2015, UC Santa Cruz

2015 BAVS Annual Conference
Victorian Age(s)
27-29 August 2015, Leeds Trinity University

Communities of Communication II: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland from 1800 to 1900
10-11 September 2015, University of Edinburgh

Popular Knowledge, Public Stage: Cultures of Lecturing and Learning in the Long Nineteenth Century
September 24-26, 2015, Alexandria Lyceum, Alexandria Virginia

2015 Victorians Institute Conference
Victorian Work and Labor (pdf)
October 2-3, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

VISAWUS 2015 Conference: Victorian Self-Fashioning
Sheraton Downtown, Denver, CO USA, October 22-24, 2015

Silence in the Archives: Censorship and Suppression in Women’s Life Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century
Wolfson College, Oxford, 7th November 2015

Exploring queer cultures and lifestyles in the creative arts in Britain c.1885-1967
London College of Fashion, Saturday 12th March 2016


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