Colloque SFEVE 2025

CFP Colloque international de la Société Française d’Études Victoriennes et Edouardiennes.

 

A Scottish Air : Inspirations et modèles écossais

30 et 31 janvier 2025

Université Grenoble Alpes

Au dix-huitième siècle, Voltaire rendait hommage au rayonnement culturel et scientifique de l’Écosse en écrivant : « Nous nous tournons vers l’Écosse pour trouver toutes nos idées sur la civilisation ». En l’espace de quelques décennies, cette nation s’était imposée comme un pôle majeur de l’Europe des Lumières. Son influence en Grande-Bretagne et au-delà des îles britanniques allait perdurer dans le siècle suivant et jusqu’au XXème siècle. À titre d’exemple, au XIXe siècle, les publications de Walter Scott marquèrent profondément la littérature britannique, et plus généralement européenne, s’imposant comme l’origine du roman historique. L’Écosse se rendit aussi célèbre en jouant un rôle majeur dans l’innovation scientifique dès les débuts de la Révolution Industrielle, tant dans le domaine de l’énergie (James Watt), des transports (Macadam, Thomson et Dunlop) ou encore des communications (Bell). Les Écossais firent également des découvertes médicales qui allaient avoir des retombées majeures telles que la seringue hypodermique, inventée par Alexander Wood en 1853, et la première utilisation du chloroforme comme agent anesthésique pour les accouchements par James Young Simpson en 1847. Dans le domaine des arts, ce fut en Écosse qu’ouvrit, en 1889, la première galerie exclusivement consacrée à l’art du portrait. Le groupe d’artistes connus sous le nom de The Four réalisa des œuvres qui exercèrent une influence déterminante dans l’émergence de l’Art nouveau, courant artistique dominant au début du XXe siècle.

Cette visibilité, issue de cette contribution distincte de l’Écosse au sein du Royaume-Uni, est sans nul doute à relier aux conditions qui avaient présidé à son union à l’Angleterre en 1707. Contrairement au pays de Galles avant elle, et à l’Irlande après elle, le pays avait pu garder son propre système éducatif, son propre système légal et sa propre Église (presbytérienne). Sa participation active à l’entreprise impériale (notamment James Matheson et William Jardine), ses échanges avec le monde et son importante production industrielle valurent par ailleurs à l’une de ses villes, Glasgow, de se voir attribuer le titre de « deuxième ville de l’Empire », alors même que la capitale écossaise revendiquait le titre d’Athens of the North en contrepoint à une Londres perçue comme nouvelle Rome. Pour toutes ces raisons, ce qui se passait « au nord de la frontière » put, à l’occasion, être pris comme modèle – ou contre-modèle – au sein du monde britannique voire anglo-saxon. La gestion glasvégienne de la prostitution put ainsi être opposée par les abolitionistes anglais (dont Joséphine Butler) aux lois sur les maladies vénériennes adoptées par le gouvernement britannique sur un modèle régulationniste plutôt continental. Le modèle scolaire, et notamment le rôle joué par les écoles paroissiales en Écosse, fut également fréquemment cité en exemple, dans la première moitié du XIXème siècle par les défenseurs d’un système éducatif soutenu par l’État en Angleterre et au pays de Galles, tandis que le modèle universitaire s’exportait dans certaines colonies, comme par exemple la Nouvelle-Galles du Sud.

La diffusion à l’échelle nationale et internationale d’un modèle écossais « souple » se fit souvent à bas bruit, en raison de la nature « plastique » de l’héritage culturel et politique écossais, souvent adaptable à la culture de réception (on pense ici aux « emprunts » à Walter Scott par notamment James Fenimore Cooper), qui ne fut jamais vraiment source d’un quelconque soft power. En témoigne l’influence « par ricochet » du style dit Scotch Baronial, à travers la félicité du château et du domaine de Balmoral, directement inspirés de l’Abbotsford de Scott, dont Miles Glendinning et Aonghus MacKechnie sous-entendent qu’il a pu infuser dans le Second Castle Age. C’est, plus subrepticement, le cas dans la discussion du domaine de Scott (hôte généreux qui y reçut écrivains, hommes politiques, et lecteurs de sa fiction) que l’on trouve sous la plume (souvent désapprobatrice) de ses nombreux visiteurs, contemporains (notamment Washington Irving) ou non (Virginia Woolf).

Enfin, outre l’inspiration qu’elle a pu susciter, et les modèles qu’elle a pu offrir pour certains, au-delà de ses frontières, dans les différents domaines mentionnés, l’Écosse put également représenter un contre-modèle pour d’autres. Par boutade, on peut penser à l’amusante désignation « ‘No true Scotsman fallacy » en philosophie, et il n’est peut-être pas tout à fait incident que cette formulation convie la figure du « true Scotsman » et les pièges de l’essentialisme, tant la définition d’un supposé « caractère écossais » a agité les esprits. On notera à ce titre que malgré toute sa typicité, la figure du Highlander put être source du parasitage de la question de l’essentialisme de l’identité écossaise ; l’opposition pseudo-scientifique que traçait Robert Knox, dans son influente étude The Races of Men (1850) entre races anglo-saxonne et celte, reposait en partie sur l’opposition perçue par beaucoup entre Highlanders et Lowlanders, qu’il aurait en substance transposée à un contexte plus large. Cette distinction, fondée sur un modèle écossais supposé, lui permit d’extrapoler le devenir racial du contexte impérial, discours qui entrait en écho avec la vaste entreprise racialiste.

Ce colloque international, qui se déroulera à l’Université Grenoble Alpes les 30 et 31 janvier 2025, portera donc sur l’Écosse comme source d’inspiration et exemple à l’époque victorienne et édouardienne, mais également comme contre-modèle, à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur des frontières du Royaume-Uni. Il aura pour objectif d’apporter un éclairage nouveau sur cet aspect de l’histoire de l’Écosse qui reste encore à étudier.

Les axes de réflexion (non-exhaustifs) proposés dans le cadre de ce colloque sont les suivants :

  • L’Écosse comme source d’inspiration dans le domaine des arts et de la littérature ;
  • Les modèles (ou contre-modèles) écossais en Grande-Bretagne, en Europe, dans les colonies britanniques et dans le reste du monde dans les domaines scientifique, politique, économique et social ;
  • Un ou des modèles écossais ?  Parce que l’Écosse est plurielle, les spécificités régionales (Lowlands, Highlands & Islands, mais sans doute plus encore) ainsi que religieuses pourront être examinées.

Les propositions de communication (format 20 minutes de présentation), rédigées en français ou en anglais (environ 500 mots) accompagnées d’une courte notice biographique, sont à adresser au plus tard le 10 juin 2024 à l’ensemble des organisateurs du colloque.

marion.amblard@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

cyril.besson@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

veronique.molinari@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

Une sélection des communications sera publiée dans la revue en ligne Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens.

 

Comité scientifique

Marion Amblard, Université Grenoble Alpes (SFEVE/SFEE)

Cyril Besson, Université Grenoble Alpes

Nathalie Duclos, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (Présidente SFEE)

Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen

Philippe Laplace, Université de Franche-Comté (SFEE)

Fabienne Moine, Université Paris Est Créteil (Vice-Présidente SFEVE)

Véronique Molinari, Université Grenoble Alpes (SFEVE/SFEE)

Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (Présidente SFEVE)

 

Bibliographie :

Anderson, Robert David, Education and Opportunity in Victorian Scotland. Schools & Universities, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1983.

_, Education and the Scottish People, 1750-1918, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2015.

Anderson, R. D. “Education and the State in Nineteenth-Century Scotland.” The Economic History Review 36, no. 4 (1983): 518–34. https://doi.org/10.2307/2597238.

Auer, Christian, Dubois-Nayt, Armel & Duclos, Nathalie, Femmes, pouvoir et nation en Écosse du XVIe siècle à aujourd’hui, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2012.

Auer, Christian, Luttes et résistances des femmes écossaises. 1838-1915, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2013.

Auer, Christian, Scotland and the Scots, 1707-2007. A Reader, Strasbourg, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2013.

Civardi, Christian, L’Écosse depuis 1528, Paris, Ophrys, 1998.

Devine, T. M, The Scottish Nation 1700-2000, Londres, Penguin Press, 1999.

_, Scotland’s Empire 1600-1815, Londres, Allen Lane, 2003.

Fraser, Hamish & Morris, R. J. (éds.), People and Society in Scotland. Volume 2, 1839-1914, Édimbourg, John Donald, 1990.

Gascoigne John (1996) The cultural origins of Australian universities, Journal of Australian Studies, 20:50-51, 18-27, DOI: 10.1080/14443059609387275

Gifford, Douglas (éd.), The History of Scottish Literature, vol. 3, Nineteenth Century, Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Press, 1988.

Herman, Arthur, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, New York, Crown, 2001.

Hill, C. W., Edwardian Scotland, Édimbourg, Scottish Academic Press, 1976.

Leruez, Jacques. « L’identité de l’Écosse au sein du Royaume-Uni », Diplomatie, n° 2 (2003): 62–67. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26980170.

Leydier, Gilles, “Victorian and Edwardian Scotland”, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, n° 54, 2001.

Macmillan, Duncan, Scottish Art 1460-2000, Édimbourg, Mainstream, 2000.

Pittock, Murray (éd.), The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe, Londres, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

_, The Reception of Walter Scott in Europe, Londres, Continuum, 2006.

_, Scotland: The Global History: 1603 to the Present, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2022.

Smout, T. C., A Century of the Scottish People, 1830-1950, Londres, Fontana, 1987.

Wills, Elspeth, Scottish Firsts: a Celebration of Innovation and Achievement, Édimbourg, Mainstream, 2002.

Webb, R. K. “Literacy among the Working Classes in Nineteenth Century Scotland.” The Scottish Historical Review 33, no. 116 (1954): 100–114.

 

 

 

CFP International conference of the Société Française d’Études Victoriennes et Edouardiennes.

A Scottish Air: Inspirations and models from Scotland

30 and 31 January 2025

Université Grenoble Alpes

 

In the 18th century, Voltaire paid tribute to Scotland’s cultural and scientific influence by writing: “We look to Scotland for all our ideas about civilisation”. Within a few decades, this nation had established itself as a major centre of European Enlightenment. Its influence in Britain and beyond the British Isles would last well into the following century and, indeed, into the 20th century. In the 19th century, for example, the publications of Walter Scott had a profound impact on British and, more generally, European literature, as they were at the origin of the historical novel. Scotland also made a name for itself by playing a major role in scientific innovation in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, in the fields of energy (James Watt), transport (Macadam, Thomson and Dunlop) and communications (Bell). The Scots also made medical discoveries that were to have a major impact, such as the hypodermic syringe, invented by Alexander Wood in 1853, and the first use of chloroform as an anaesthetic in childbirth by James Young Simpson in 1847. In the arts, the first gallery devoted exclusively to portraiture opened in Scotland in 1889. The group of artists known as The Four produced works that wielded a decisive influence on the emergence of Art Nouveau, an artistic movement that was to become one of the most important art movements of the 20th century.

This visibility, coming from Scotland’s distinct contribution to the United Kingdom, is undoubtedly linked to the conditions that led to its union with England in 1707. Unlike Wales and Ireland, the country had been able to retain its own education system, its own legal system and its own (Presbyterian) Church. Its active participation in the imperial enterprise (notably James Matheson and William Jardine), its exchanges with the world and its significant industrial production also earned one of its cities, Glasgow, the title of “second city of the Empire”, while the Scottish capital claimed the title of Athens of the North as a counterpoint to London, which was considered as the new Rome. For all these reasons, what was happening ‘north of the border’ could, on occasion, be taken as a model – or counter-model – within the British or even Anglo-Saxon world. The English abolitionists (including Josephine Butler) were thus able to contrast the Glaswegian management of prostitution with the laws on venereal diseases adopted by the British government on a more continental regulatory model. The school model, and in particular the role played by parochial schools in Scotland, was also frequently cited as an example in the first half of the 19th century by advocates of a state-supported education system in England and Wales, while the university model was being exported to some colonies, such as New South Wales.

The spread of a ‘flexible’ Scottish model on a national and international scale was often low-key, due to the ‘plastic’ nature of Scotland’s cultural and political heritage, which was often adaptable to the culture of the recipient (cf. the ‘borrowings’ from Walter Scott by James Fenimore Cooper for instance), and was never really a source of soft power. This is borne out by the “ricochet” influence of the so-called Scotch Baronial style, through the felicity of Balmoral Castle and estate, directly inspired by Scott’s Abbotsford, which Miles Glendinning and Aonghus MacKechnie imply may have infused into the Second Castle Age. This is, more surreptitiously, the case in the discussion of Scott’s estate (a generous host who welcomed writers, politicians and readers of his fiction) that we find in the (often disapproving) writings of his many visitors, both contemporaries (notably Washington Irving) and non-contemporaries (Virginia Woolf).

Finally, in addition to the inspiration it may have generated, and the models it may have offered for some, beyond its borders, in the various fields mentioned, Scotland may also have represented a counter-model for others. In jest, we might think of the amusing expression ‘No true Scotsman fallacy’ in philosophy, and it is perhaps not entirely incidental that this formulation conjures up the figure of the ‘true Scotsman’ and the pitfalls of essentialism, given how much the definition of a supposed ‘Scottish character’ has puzzled people. Robert Knox’s pseudo-scientific opposition between the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic races in his influential study The Races of Men (1850) was partly based on the perceived opposition between Highlanders and Lowlanders, which he transposed to a wider context. This distinction, based on an assumed Scottish model, enabled him to extrapolate the racial future of the imperial context, a discourse that echoed the vast racialist enterprise.

This international conference, to be held at Grenoble Alpes University on 30 and 31 January 2025, will thus focus on Scotland as a source of inspiration and example in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, but also as a counter-model, both within and beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. The aim is to shed new light on this aspect of Scottish history that has yet to be studied.

Possible topics for proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Scotland as a source of inspiration in the arts and literature;
  • Scottish scientific, political, economic and social models (or counter-models) in Great Britain, Europe, in British colonies and the rest of the world;
  • One or more Scottish models? Because Scotland is plural, the regional (Lowlands, Highlands & Islands) and religious specificities will be examined.

Paper proposals (20-minute presentation format), written in French or English (approximately 500 words) and accompanied by a short biographical note, should be sent no later than 10 June 2024 to the conference organisers.

marion.amblard@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

cyril.besson@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

veronique.molinari@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

A selection of contributions will be published in the online journal Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens.

Scientific committee

Marion Amblard, Université Grenoble Alpes (SFEVE/SFEE)

Cyril Besson, Université Grenoble Alpes

Nathalie Duclos, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès (Présidente SFEE)

Philippe Laplace, Université de Franche-Comté (SFEE)

Fabienne Moine, Université Paris Est Créteil (Vice-Présidente SFEVE)

Véronique Molinari, Université Grenoble Alpes (SFEVE/SFEE)

Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (Présidente SFEVE)

 

Selected readings:

Anderson, Robert David, Education and Opportunity in Victorian Scotland. Schools & Universities, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1983.

_, Education and the Scottish People, 1750-1918, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2015.

Anderson, R. D. “Education and the State in Nineteenth-Century Scotland.” The Economic History Review 36, no. 4 (1983): 518–34. https://doi.org/10.2307/2597238.

Auer, Christian, Dubois-Nayt, Armel & Duclos, Nathalie, Femmes, pouvoir et nation en Écosse du XVIe siècle à aujourd’hui, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2012.

Auer, Christian, Luttes et résistances des femmes écossaises. 1838-1915, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2013.

Auer, Christian, Scotland and the Scots, 1707-2007. A Reader, Strasbourg, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2013.

Civardi, Christian, L’Écosse depuis 1528, Paris, Ophrys, 1998.

Devine, T. M, The Scottish Nation 1700-2000, London, Penguin Press, 1999.

_, Scotland’s Empire 1600-1815, London, Allen Lane, 2003.

Fraser, Hamish & Morris, R. J. (éds.), People and Society in Scotland. Volume 2, 1839-1914, Edinburgh, John Donald, 1990.

Gascoigne John (1996) The cultural origins of Australian universities, Journal of Australian Studies, 20:50-51, 18-27, DOI: 10.1080/14443059609387275

Gifford, Douglas (éd.), The History of Scottish Literature, vol. 3, Nineteenth Century, Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Press, 1988.

Herman, Arthur, How the Scots Invented the Modern World, New York, Crown, 2001.

Hill, C. W., Edwardian Scotland, Edinburgh, Scottish Academic Press, 1976.

Leruez, Jacques, « L’identité de l’Écosse au sein du Royaume-Uni », Diplomatie, n° 2 (2003): 62–67. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26980170.

Leydier, Gilles, “Victorian and Edwardian Scotland”, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, n° 54, 2001.

Macmillan, Duncan, Scottish Art 1460-2000, Edinburgh, Mainstream, 2000.

Pittock, Murray (éd.), The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

_, The Reception of Walter Scott in Europe, London, Continuum, 2006.

_, Scotland: The Global History: 1603 to the Present, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2022.

Smout, T. C., A Century of the Scottish People, 1830-1950, London, Fontana, 1987.

Wills, Elspeth, Scottish Firsts: a Celebration of Innovation and Achievement, Edinburgh, Mainstream, 2002.

Webb, R. K. “Literacy among the Working Classes in Nineteenth Century Scotland.” The Scottish Historical Review 33, no. 116 (1954): 100–114.

 

 

 

Colloque SFEVE 2024

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) His Lives and Afterlives

Celebrating the 220th anniversary of the birth of a Victorian iconoclast

 

Thursday 25 January 2023

9-9.30am:  Welcoming coffee/tea

9.30-9.40am: Welcoming word by Prof. Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, President of the SFEVE

9.40-10am: Introduction by Emily Jones, Catherine Marshall, Seamus Perry & Miles Taylor

10-12.30am – Session 1Disraeli as Founding Father

Chair: Catherine Marshall (CY Cergy Paris University)

  1. Emily Jones (University of Manchester) – Disraeli and One Nation Conservatism
  2. David Jeffery (University of Liverpool) – Interpreting Disraeli: Competing understandings of ‘Disraeli-ism’ within the Conservative Party

Short break

  1. Balkis Mougou (CY Cergy Paris Université) – The Past as Disraeli’s “Sacred Flame”: Exploring the Populist Feature of Glorifying the Past
  2. Stephane Porion (Université de Tours) – The Disraelian ideas that framed Enoch Powell’s conception of Toryism and that of the nation

12.30-2pm – Lunch

2-4pm – Session 2: Responses to Political Economy and ‘Tory radicalism’

Chair: Miles Taylor (Humboldt Universität, Zu Berlin)

  1. Thomas Pritchard – Benjamin Disraeli and the Art of Political Collaboration
  2. Mike Sanders (University of Manchester) – Some passages in the life of a (Tory) radical: Disraeli amongst the Chartists
  3. Anthony Howe (University of East Anglia) – Disraeli and Cobden: ‘The Manchester School’ in fact and fiction”

4-4.30pm – Tea Break

4.30-6.15pm – Session 3: Political Life

Chair: Agnès Alexandre (Université de Bourgogne)

  1. Iain McLean (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) – Disraeli, heresthetics and the 1867 Reform Act
  2. Frank Rynne (CY Cergy Paris Université) – Disraeli, Gladstone and the Irish question
  3. Alex Middleton (St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford) – Disraeli and South America

6.15pm end of day 1

7.45pm – Conference dinner at Restaurant Anco – 108 rue de Bercy, Paris 12 (https://www.ancoparisbercy.fr)

 

Friday 26 January 2023

9.30-12am – Session 4: Cultural and Religious Lives

Chair: Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

  1. Jonathan Parry (Pembroke College, University of Cambridge) – Disraeli, Lothair, and Tory political sociology
  2. Daisy Hay (University of Exeter) – Disraeli the Romantic

Short break

  1. Megan Dent (Associate Member, Keble SCR, University of Oxford) – Disraeli and the Bible
  2. Jerome Grosclaude (Université Clermont Auvergne) – ‘[A] mere mystery-man’: Disraeli and the Church of England’s episcopate

12-1.30pm – Lunch

1.30-4.30pm – Session 5: Literary Lives and Afterlives

Chair: Seamus Perry (Balliol College, University of Oxford)

  1. David Womersley (St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford) – Vivian Grey
  2. Freya Johnston (St Anne’s College, University of Oxford) – Disraeli and Peacock

Short break

  1. Bysshe Coffey (Balliol College, University of Oxford) – ‘Permanent Currency’: Benjamin Disraeli and the Leavises
  2. Baptiste Danel (University of Westminster) – A ‘poetical politician, and a political poet’: Political Synthesis in The Revolutionary Epick (1834)

4.30pm/5pm – End of the conference

The conference is taking place at:

The University of Chicago Center, 6 Rue Thomas Mann, 75013 ParisSociété française d'histoire politique

 

CFP: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881): His Lives and Afterlives.

Celebrating the 220th anniversary of the birth of a Victorian iconoclast

The Société Française d’Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes will host its annual meeting in January 2024 at CY Cergy Paris University, organised by Prof. Catherine Marshall (AGORA research centre) in partnership with Dr. Emily Jones (the University of Manchester), Prof. Miles Taylor (the Humboldt Universität in Berlin) and Prof. Seamus Perry (Balliol College, Oxford).

“Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881): His Lives and Afterlives” is the interdisciplinary subject chosen to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the birth of a Victorian iconoclast. The Victorian Conservative Prime Minister is still perceived today as an extraordinary politician who transformed himself, his party and the UK over a long period of time from the 1830’s to his death in 1881. Forever complex, he has left a long list of speeches, novels, letters and various writings which still deserve attention and make his legacy much more challenging than just the political role he played as PM in 1868 and 1874-1880 or his well-known epic parliamentary battles with the Liberal W. E. Gladstone. Over the years, he has also been portrayed in the press, in caricatures, in plays, and, later on in the 20th century, in series and films, in various versions of a dandy, a chancer, an oriental Jew, an admirer of Queen Victoria, a wise venerable man, a romantic wit, the inspiration for the Primrose League and many more. These portrayals have all created a Disraelian myth, often obscuring his real legacy.

The last major multidisciplinary symposium to look at Disraeli in such a way took place in Oxford on 24 March 2015. What else can be said today about the man and his myth and how do the various facets presented in 2015 help to reinterpret Disraeli in a clearer light using the work done on the Disraeli collection at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the Disraeli Project on his letters in Ontario? How too can his various unknown novels still reveal new aspects of a visionary statesman for whom life was a type of theatre.

This interdisciplinary conference hopes to attract a selection of historians, political scientists, literary scholars, specialists of Victorian culture, iconography, caricatures and paintings, experts in media and TV studies, but also translators and critical studies specialists.

The conference will aim to undercover a number of still unexplored sides of Disraeli and bring him up to date. Both his political and literary talents will be taken into account as well as the long-lasting impact of his heritage (whether mythologised or not).

The papers may focus on:

  • The Conservative politician and romantic leader of the second half of the 19th century, the defender of a certain understanding of the Constitution;
  • The lover of women, both in real life and in his novels;
  • The outsider through his initial Jewishness, to his Anglican conversion, to his perceived orientalism;
  • The religious man and writer;
  • The guardian of imagination at play in politics and in his writings;
  • The private man;
  • The creation of his myth through cartoons, plays, films and series;
  • ….

The conference will take place in France – in central Paris – on Thursday 25 & Friday 26 January 2024.

Submission guidelines

The language of the conference will be English.

Please send a title, a 300 to 500 word abstract and a 5-line biography to the following address:

disraeli2024@gmail.com 10 June 2023 (answers given by 10 July 2023).

For any other question, please contact: catherine.marshall@cyu.fr

A selection of papers will be considered for publication in Les Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens.

Organisation committee at CY Cergy Paris Université: Catherine Marshall, Balkis Mougou & Frank Rynne.

 

Colloque SFEVE 2023

Le programme

Abstracts et notices biographiques

Appel à communications : “CFP Tours-SFEVE”

Hitting the Road ! Expériences et Récits de voyageurs à l’époque victorienne et édouardienne

Université de Tours, France (2-3 février 2023)

Dans son dernier ouvrage, Prendre la route. Une philosophie de la conduite (2021), Matthew Crawford fait le constat  que « l’histoire technologique, économique et sociale de l’automobile débouche aujourd’hui sur une disjonction de plus en plus grande entre l’être humain et ses prothèses mécaniques » ; d’après lui, les technologies modernes réduisent la latitude de l’individu à prendre des décisions réfléchies et à accomplir certaines actions que l’on effectue au cours d’un déplacement, d’une mobilité, alors même qu’elles seraient enrichissantes. Ce rapport ambivalent de l’être humain au véhicule qui lui permet à la fois de s’affranchir des distances tout en le privant d’une partie de son expérience sensible n’est ni nouveau, ni propre à notre siècle et se retrouve à chaque période où l’accélération technologique génère de nouvelles expériences de voyages.

En Grande-Bretagne, le XIXe siècle est ainsi une période très marquée par la conscience accrue des possibilités offertes par la liberté de circuler et de se déplacer. Une pluralité de facteurs encourage au départ et favorise la réalisation de voyages : la hausse du niveau de vie, les nouveaux usages du temps libre, le développement des échanges et des communications, et une meilleure diffusion de l’information. Les Britanniques prennent conscience de l’existence d’un espace encore largement méconnu et inexploré, recelant de nombreuses ressources, que ce soit à l’échelle de leur région, de leur pays, du monde, ce qui les incite à se déplacer, à voyager et à découvrir d’autres lieux et d’autres cultures. A l’instar de la Reine Victoria, qui, attirée par les paysages et la culture des Hautes Terres décrits par Walter Scott, se rend pour la première fois en Ecosse en 1842 puis multiplie les séjours à l’étranger, nombre d’auteurs s’empressent de relater leurs explorations du continent européen mais aussi de l’Afrique, de l’Amérique, de l’Inde, l’Asie, l’Antarctique. Parmi ces « écrivains voyageurs », certains sont connus (Dickens, Robert Scott, Albert Smith), d’autres méritent de l’être.

Ainsi, pour le prochain colloque annuel de la Société Française d’Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes (SFEVE) qui se tiendra à l’Université de Tours les 2 et 3 février 2023, nous proposons d’explorer les multiples facettes de l’expérience du voyage à travers les récits autobiographiques des voyageurs britanniques ayant parcouru le monde tout au long du dix-neuvième siècle.

Afin de réfléchir à cette question du récit de voyage, les propositions de communications, tout en tenant compte des dernières études consacrées aux écritures du voyage, s’appuieront exclusivement sur des biographies, des récits et des productions de voyageurs célèbres ou moins connus aujourd’hui (explorateurs, scientifiques, missionnaires, marchands, diplomates, ingénieurs, écrivains, artistes, philanthropes…) permettront d’analyser les expériences individuelles du voyage.  Les communications proposées pourront s’articuler autour des trois axes suivants :

*Les nouvelles définitions du voyage à l’époque victorienne et édouardienne : la notion de voyage étant intimement liée à la vie de chaque individu et sa perception du monde qui l’entoure, il y a alors plusieurs formes de voyage. Il convient alors de rechercher les caractéristiques essentielles du voyage, vécu ou imaginé, propres à notre période. Ainsi, s’agissant des destinations et lieux de voyage : comment le voyage fut-il suscité ? comment et pourquoi un endroit devint-il une destination de voyage ?

*L’expérience du voyage et son influence sur la création littéraire, artistique et scientifique : Quelle peut être la puissance du voyage sur l’individu ? Comment l’évaluer en analysant ses différentes représentations littéraires, linguistiques et artistiques, Quelles en sont les influences psychiques, culturelles, sociales, politiques, scientifiques et identitaires ? 

Ainsi, comme le suggère Matthew Crawford, l’écriture du voyage dépendrait aussi de la manière de voyager, en choisissant, ou pas, de recourir à la machine. Il faudra aussi s’interroger sur la perception qu’a le voyageur des rapports et des tensions entre sa propre identité et une identité collective, à l’échelle locale et nationale, et également avec la culture du lieu visité. 

*La place et le rôle du voyage dans l’histoire sociale victorienne et édouardienne : dans quelle mesure les écrits et documents de la période étudiée montrent-ils que le voyage devint une possibilité et même une réalité pour beaucoup de Britanniques à cette période ? 

Comment le voyage fut-il matériellement réalisé ? Quelles furent les nouvelles pratiques et formes de sociabilité liées à l’espace partagé en voyage ? Comment le voyage aida-t-il à forger les identités nationales au XIXe siècle, par l’expérience de plus en plus aisée du déplacement dans un espace local, régional, national et mondial ?

Modalités de soumission :

Les propositions de communication (format 20 minutes de présentation), rédigées en anglais ou en français (entre 300 et 500 mots) accompagnées d’une courte notice biographique, sont à adresser à l’organisateur du colloque : tri.tran@univ-tours.fr

La date limite de soumission est le 15 septembre 2022 et la confirmation de participation sera envoyée avant la fin du mois de septembre.

Toutes les informations portant sur le colloque seront à retrouver sur le site de la Société Française d’Études Victoriennes et Édouardiennes (SFEVE).

* Comité d’organisation:

Tri Tran, ICD (EA 6297), Université de Tours

avec le secrétariat du laboratoire ICD (Mmes Dias et Cochet-Peymirat)

* Comité scientifique:

Philippe Chassaigne (PR Bordeaux-Montaigne), Neil Davie (PR Lyon II), Laurence Roussillon-Constanty (PR Pau), Fabienne Moine (PR UPEC), Christine Reynier (PR Montpellier III), Nathalie Vanfasse (PR Aix-Marseille Université), Tri Tran (MCF HDR Tours), Adrian Wisnicki (Associate PR, Lincoln, Nebraska).

* Conférenciers invités :

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst  (PR, Oxford, Royaume-Uni)
Marjory Harper (PR, Aberdeen, Royaume-Uni)
Adrian Wisnicki (Associate PR, Lincoln, Nebraska, Etats-Unis)

Colloque SFEVE 2022

Le programme du colloque 2022 “Victorian and Edwardian Interiors”

VICTORIAN & EDWARDIAN INTERIORS (Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès, 27-28 January 2022)

        An international conference organized by the C.A.S (EA 801) with the support of the SFEVE (Société Française d’Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes)

        Confirmed Keynote speakers:
                Claudia Kinmonth (independent cultural historian, former researcher in the Furniture Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum)
                Charlotte Ribeyrol (Université Paris Sorbonne, VALE)
                Penny Sparke (Director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University)

As we gradually come out of a long period of enforced global confinement which has challenged us, amongst other things, to take a ‘journey round [our] room[s]’ (Xavier de Maistre) and reconsider our assumptions about inside and outside, the 2022 SFEVE conference invites scholars to look afresh at the historical emergence, material manifestations and cultural significance of the interior in the long nineteenth century. Building on recent interdisciplinary research in material studies, architectural design theory, the Victorian architectural imaginary and the poetics, politics and phenomenology of dwelling, this conference seeks to explore the multiple facets of the interior from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the Edwardian era.

Central to the concept of ‘interior’ is the imbrication of the word’s spatial, physical, emotional, mystical and political meanings. ‘Interior’ came into use in the English language in the sixteenth century to mean inside as divided from outside, but also more specifically to describe the deeper, more spiritual nature of the soul within the body. Derived from the Latin ‘intus’ (i.e. ‘within’), ‘interior’ is a comparative form, whose meaning is accentuated in the superlative ‘intimus’ (i.e. innermost, deepest, most secret, most private). From the early eighteenth century, ‘interiority’ was used to evoke inner character and individual subjectivity. But from the middle of the eighteenth century the ‘interior’ was also a geo-political term used to refer to the domestic affairs of a state and to the territory that belongs to a country. It was only at the beginning of the nineteenth century that, according to the _Oxford English Dictionary_, the ‘interior’ came to mean ‘the inside of a building or room especially in reference to the artistic effect; also a picture or representation of the inside of a building. Also, in a theatre, a “set” consisting of the inside of a building or room.’


Thus, as Charles Rice notes, the nineteenth-century interior is inherently double, both a physical three-dimensional space and at the same time an image—a painting, print, theatrical backdrop—which can ‘be imagined and dreamed, and inhabited as such’ (2). While nineteenth-century conceptualizations of the interior were clearly linked to important questions of public health, territorial expansion, historical knowledge and the exploration of the body, subjectivity and the unconscious, the Victorians thus foregrounded the idea of the interior’s deliberate and artful constructedness. In some of the commemorative colour prints of colonial interiors on display at the Crystal Palace in 1851, for example, the theatricality of the interior is regularly emphasized through the presence of visitors/spectators peering through drawn curtains.

In fact, the notion of ‘interior decoration’, appearing for the first time in Thomas Hope’s 1807 _Household Furniture and Interior Decoration_ —and popularized through countless Victorian and Edwardian periodicals and manuals—firmly articulated the idea of the interior through decor. This new preoccupation led to the founding in 1837 of the London School of Design, rebranded in 1853 as the Museum of Ornamental Art (today known as the Victoria & Albert Museum). The interior became understood as the creation of a scenography, complete with adornments and furnishings which served to soften, conceal or transform—however fleetingly—the architectural structure, in order to make it livable, hospitable and culturally legible. In Vlad Ionescu’s words, the interior can thus be seen as the ‘moment when a building receives its cultural significance [and] “speaks” to its users’ (2). Such a dynamic, dialogic, relational approach to the interior is particularly striking in the nineteenth-century print culture through which a great variety of interiors were depicted and shaped. The idea of the interior as relational is also poignantly captured in numerous works of literature. One memorable example (among many) can be found in Charles Dickens’ _Hard Times_ , in the following exchange between Louisa and her dying mother: “‘Are you in pain, dear mother?’ ‘I think there’s a pain somewhere in the room,’ said Mrs. Gradgrind, ‘but I couldn’t positively say that I have got it.’” (chap.9).

If, as Walter Benjamin famously put it in the 1930s, ‘[t]he nineteenth century, like no other century, was addicted to dwelling,’ this conference, however, will attempt to qualify and/or revise Benjamin’s conceptualization of the Victorian interior as ‘the étui of the private individual’ (9), as well as his rather sinister notion that the nineteenth century encased the person ‘so deeply in the dwelling’s interior that one might be reminded of the inside of a compass case, where the instrument with all its accessories lies embedded in deep, usually violet folds of velvet’ (220). Instead, we wish to broaden the scope of attention to Victorian and Edwardian interiors not limited to the bourgeois, domestic and urban. Participants are therefore encouraged to consider a diverse array of interiors. Proposals may for example consider:

        *interiors which enabled a renewed critical engagement with the exterior rather than an anti-historical retreat from the world
        *complex or problematic interiors (such as public interiors, utopian/political/militant interiors, transparent interiors, gendered interiors, queer interiors, working-class interiors, cosmopolitan interiors, colonial interiors, natural interiors, etc.)
        *the aesthetic experiences, cultural practices, or socio-economic transformations made possible through the decorating/designing of interior spaces/rooms
        *how interiors and interiorities were staged, mediated and/or marketed, and the role played by new visual technologies (stereoscope, photography, museum displays etc.)
        *how the interior was represented across political, scientific, medical and architectural discourses
        *the poetics, aesthetics, politics and economics of the interior in literature, art, magazines, book design and material culture
        *the articulation between interiors and subjectivity, objects and people, the material and the immaterial
        *various forms of dwelling, as well as the allied notions of ‘home’, homelessness and homesickness
        *issues of preservation, renovation and re-use of nineteenth-century interiors
        *contemporary re-interpretations of the nineteenth-century interior in neo-Victorian fiction, heritage cinema, etc. 

Please send a 300-500-word abstract (for a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of question/discussion) with a short bio-bibliography to Catherine Delyfer (catherine.delyfer@univ-tlse2.fr) AND Amélie Dochy (amélie.dochy-jacquard@univ-tlse2.fr).

Deadline for submissions: 10 July 2021
Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2021

Publication: a selection of peer-reviewed articles will be published in a special issue of _Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens_

Languages of the conference: English and French

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Bauer, Dominique. The Imagery of Interior Spaces. Punctum Books, 2019.
Benjamin, Walter. The Arcades Project. Translated by Howard Eiland, Kevin McLaughlin. Harvard 1999.
Berstein, Susan. Roomscape. Edinburgh UP, 2013.
Cohen, Deborah. Household Gods: The British and their Possessions. Yale UP, 2006.
Dillon, Steve. ‘Victorian Interior’, Modern Language Quarterly 62.2 (2001): 83-115.
Edwards, Clive. Turning Houses into Homes. Routledge, 2015.
Edwards, Jason and Imogen Hart eds. Rethinking the Interior, 1867-1896: Aestheticism and Arts and Crafts. Routledge, 2011.
Fisher, Fiona, Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Victoria Kelley & Penny Sparke eds. ‘Complex Interior Spaces in London, 1850-1930,’ The London Journal 45.2 (2020): 177-188.
Gilbert, Pamela. Victorian Skin: Surface, Self, History. Cornell UP, 2019.
Hayes, Richard. ‘The Aesthetic Interior as Incubator of Health and Well-Being’. Architectural History 60 (2017): 277-301.
Heidegger, Martin. ‘Building Dwelling Thinking’ [1954], Poetry, Language, Thought, translated and introduced by Albert Hofstadter, Harper Collins, 1971, pp. 141-160.
Hoberman, Ruth. Museum Trouble. University of Virginia Press, 2011.
Ionescu, Vlad. ‘The interior as interiority’. Palgrave Communications. 4.1 (2018): 1-6.
Leckie, Barbara. Open Houses: Poverty, the Novel, and the Architectural Idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.
Logan, Thad. The Victorian Parlour: a Cultural Study. Cambridge UP, 2001.
Maistre, Xavier de. Voyage autour de ma chambre [1794]. Flammarion, 2003.
Marcus, Sharon. Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London. University of California Press, 1999.
McNeil, Peter. ‘Designing Women: Gender, Sexuality and the Interior Decorator, 1890-1940’. Art History 17.4 (1994): 631-657.
Morrison, Kevin. Victorian Liberalism, Material Culture: Synergies of Thought & Place, Palgrave 2018.
Muthesius, S. The Poetic Home: Designing the 19th-Century Domestic Interior. Thames & Hudson, 2009.
Neiswander, Judith. The Cosmopolitan Interior: Liberalism & the British Home 1870-1914. Yale 2008.
Pimlott, Mark. The Public Interior as Idea and Project. Ram Publications, 2016.
Plotz, John. Portable Property: Victorian Culture on the Move. Princeton UP, 2008.
Rice, Charles. The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity. Routledge, 2007.
Sparke, Penny. Nature Inside: Plants and Flowers in the Modern Interior. Yale UP, 2021.


Organising committee: Catherine Delyfer, Amélie Dochy, Alice Guerrin, Leslie C. Howard, Lilia Louati

Scientific committee:

Philippe Birgy (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Catherine Delyfer (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Amélie Dochy (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Isabelle Keller-Privat (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Laurent Mellet (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Fabienne Moine (Université Paris Est Créteil)
Christine Reynier (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier)
Laurence Roussillon-Constanty (Université de Pau Pays de l’Adour)
Laurence Talairach (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
Gilles Teulié (Aix-Marseille Université)
Nathalie Vanfasse (Aix-Marseille Université)

 

Colloque SFEVE 2021

Popular forms and practices of reading and writing in the Victorian and Edwardian periods

Le compte-rendu rédigé par Shadia Uteem :

Compte rendu Colloque SFEVE 2021 Shadia Uteem

Les captations vidéo du séminaire :

Conference 1: Pr. Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde)

     ‘Prating of the Pit: Reading and Writing in the Northern Mining Districts’

Conference 2: Pr. Fabrice Bensimon (Sorbonne Université)

    ‘L’histoire ouvrière au prisme des autobiographies en Grande-Bretagne au XIXe siècle’.

2021-CFP colloque SFEVE_Creteil

Popular forms and practices of reading and writing in the Victorian and Edwardian periods

International conference organized by the SFEVE (Société Française d’Études Victoriennes et Edouardiennes), with the support of IMAGER (Institut des Mondes Anglophone, Germanique et Romans, EA 3958) and Université Paris-Est-Créteil (UPEC)

Friday 29 -Saturday 30 January 2021

Université Paris-Est Créteil, UFR des LLSH, Campus Centre, 61 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94000 Créteil

Contacts : Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay and Fabienne Moine

dupeyron@u-pec.fr, fabienne.moine@u-pec.fr

Keynote speakers 

Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde, Scotland)

Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris Sorbonne)

The adjective “popular” pertains to three main fields: the social and sociological one (related to the working class and the “people”, in accordance with its etymology), the literary and generic one (popular art and culture), and, broadly, that of reception, when “popular” means well liked, or in vogue and fashionable. It is a wide-ranging, multi-layered, ambivalent, and ideologically connoted notion.

It is used to designate literary and cultural productions that sharply distinguish themselves from more “canonical”, classical, scholarly and highbrow ones. Popular works and texts are “intended for or suited to the understanding or taste of ordinary people”, “as opposed to specialists in a field” (OED entry 4.a), and they encompass “forms of art, music, or culture with general appeal; intended primarily to entertain, please, or amuse” (OED, entry 7b). Popular art, whether or not produced by “the people”, is meant for “the people”, hence the crucial role of “popular” (low-priced) editions and of periodicals as the vehicles of these popular forms of writing in the Victorian period. 

The notion constantly hovers in the collective imaginary between the positive (when it is seen as a common, vigorous, level-headed heritage shared by the people), and the negative, as cheap, lowbrow, unrefined, or even vulgar and “plebeian”. Popular culture has, however, amply been rehabilitated by Cultural Studies from the 1960s onwards. Therefore, the aim of this conference is not to contest traditional critical distinctions between “high” and “low”, or to study the forms and modalities of popular literatures and cultures against the aesthetic, intellectual and social norm of the “high”. Our aim, rather, will be to focus on these popular forms of culture for their own sakes. 

From the mid-nineteenth century onwards, the dramatic increase in literacy rates, the wider and cheaper circulation of books and newspapers, and the growing interest for reading this fostered, created a high demand for popular works across the social spectrum. This was a particularly favourable context for the emergence and development of popular forms, formats and practices of reading and writing, and the aim of this conference will be to explore the conditions for this emergence and development in the Victorian and Edwardian periods from complementary perspectives. 

We wish to address the various modalities of these writing and reading practices, together with their roles, social significance, and the diverse and sometimes heterogeneous motivations accounting for their emergence and development. These popular forms and practices of reading and writing could have an improving mission; besides, they were frequently vehicles for sociability and integration, strengthening the family and communal fabric and a sense of belonging. Or, alternatively, they could also respond to more individual needs and be escapist pastimes and forms of entertainment, or in the case of marginal/ized subjects such as prison or asylum inmates, have curative, liberating and integrating roles. 

We welcome proposals from all disciplines (language and literature, cultural studies, history, sociology, visual studies…) which address the modalities and roles of, and the motivations accounting for, these popular forms and practices of reading and writing and we encourage a variety of critical approaches that will highlight the polysemy of the term “popular”.

The following aspects, themes and fields, not merely in isolation but also in their interdependence and various interactions, could be dealt with (but the list is by no means restrictive):

* The various media and channels for the reading, reception and diffusion of popular culture (thanks to the rising literacy rate): the popular press (local newspapers, family or women’s magazines; magazines of domestic economy; periodicals, low-cost publications, W.T. Stead’s Penny Poets, Penny popular novels, Penny weeklies, Penny dreadfuls…), lending libraries… 

* The various (non-literary) environments, places, and circles in which these popular forms of writing were produced (and read): coffee houses and factories, Mechanics’ institutes, popular clubs. Analyses focusing on the production and consumption of written works in institutions such as prisons, workhouses, hospitals, or asylums, would be particularly welcome as these places are not traditionally seen as environments conducive to a culture of reading and writing. 

* The brevity of the forms adopted because of the publishing media and the conditions of production (material and financial reasons such as time, lighting, cost and availability of paper, ink, or pens, etc.): the short story (ghost or detective stories, for instance), poems, letters, usually short autobiographical texts, and more infrequently, diaries; political pamphlets; “educational” booklets on miscellaneous subjects such as hygiene, gardening, spiritualism, rational recreation, etc. 

* The question of minor literary forms and voices within gender, genre, social or political perspectives: underrepresented, undervalued, marginal/ized people (women, the working class, prison or asylum inmates) getting a “voice” through authorship and the practice of writing. 

 

Please send a 300-500-word abstract (for a 25-minute presentation) with a short bio-bibliography to Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay and Fabienne Moine: dupeyron@u-pec.fr, fabienne.moine@u-pec.fr

Deadline for submissions: 10 July 2020

Notification of acceptance: 20 July 2020

Publication: A selection of peer-reviewed articles will be published in Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens (CVE)  

Languages of the Conference: English and French 

Scientific committee

Fabrice Bensimon (Sorbonne Université) 

Marie-Françoise Cachin (Université de Paris, ex « Paris 7 Diderot »)

Neil Davie (Université Lyon 2)

Laurence Dubois (Université Paris Nanterre) 

Cassandra Falke (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway) 

Kate Flint (University of Southern California (USC), Dornsife College) 

Georges Letissier (Université de Nantes)

Kevin Morrison (University of Connecticut / Henan University, Chine) 

Michel Prum (Université de Paris, ex « Paris 7 Diderot »)

Sabine Reungoat (Université Paris Est Créteil)

Laurence Roussillon-Constanty (Université de Pau Pays de l’Adour) 

Jean-Yves Tizot (Université Grenoble 3)

Select Bibliography 

Altick, Richard D. The English Common Reader. A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900 (1957). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Beetham, Margaret and Kay Boardman, eds. Victorian Women’s Magazines: An Anthology. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2001.  

Bensimon, Fabrice, ed. Les Sentiers de l’ouvrier. Le Paris des artisans britanniques (autobiographies, 1815-1850). Paris : Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2017.

Bensimon, Fabrice, ed. Bamford Samuel, La Vie d’un radical anglais au temps de Peterloo. Paris : « Histoire », Les Éditions sociales, 2019.

Blair, Kirstie, ed. Class and the Canon. Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1780-1900. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Blair, Kirstie, ed. The Poets of The People’s Journal. Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland. Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2016.

Blair, Kirstie. Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2019.

Cachin, Marie-Françoise. Une nation de lecteurs? La lecture en Angleterre (1815-1945). Villeurbanne : Presses de l’ENSSIB, 2010.

Don Vann, J. and Rosemary T. Van Arsdel, eds. Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society (1994). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994. 251-277. (See in this volume: Olwen C. Niessen, “Temperance”, 251-277; and Jonathan Rose, Workers’ Journals”, 301-310).

Falke, Cassandra. Literature by the Working Class. English Autobiographies, 1820-1848. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2013.

Flint, Kate. The Woman Reader 1837-1914. New York: Oxford UP, 1993.

Fraser, Hilary, Stephanie Green, and Judith Johnston. Gender and the Victorian Periodical. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Hobbs, Andrew and Claire Januszewski. “How Local Newspapers Came to Dominate Victorian 

Poetry Publishing”. Victorian Poetry (Victorian Periodical Poetry, eds. Alison Chapman and Caley Ehnes), Volume 52.1 (Spring 2014): 65-87.

Hoggart, Richard. The Uses of Literacy. Aspects of Working-Class Life (1957). London:        Penguin Modern Classics, 2009.

King, Andrew and John Plunket. Popular Print Media 1820-1900. 3 vols. Routledge, 2004.

Mitchell, Sally. “Reading Class”. Victorian Literature and Culture 33 (2005): 329-337.

Morrison, Kevin. Victorian Poetry and Philanthropy. Reading London’s East End. Edinburgh University Press, Cognella, 2016.

Morrison, Kevin, ed. Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction. Jefferson: McFarland, 2018.

Reed, David. The Popular Magazine in Britain and the United States, 1880-1960. London: The British Library, 1997.

Rose, Jonathan. The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes. Newhaven: Yale UP, 2001.

Vicinus, Martha. The Industrial Muse: A Study of Nineteenth Century British Working-Class Literature. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1974. 

Vincent, David. Bread, Knowledge and Freedom: a Study of Nineteenth-Century Working-Class Autobiography. London and New York: Methuen, 1981.