The Nineteenth-Century Study Group

This interdisciplinary study group welcomes scholars of the nineteenth century from across the Sydney area and is frequently joined by international visitors. Nineteenth-century studies is a particularly rich field for interdisciplinary work, drawing together resources from art and theatre history, anthropology, cultural geography, history, literary studies, philosophy, and postcolonial studies. Our explorations of the variegated nineteenth-century corpus combine close textual and visual analysis with attention to the historical and cultural contexts of artistic and intellectual production. Meetings, which take place several times per semester, are collaborative and informal, providing opportunities to deliver papers, workshop works-in-progress, and otherwise share knowledge about texts, images, and theory from our common field.

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The group has two main objectives:

  • To cultivate a more consolidated sense of the nineteenth-century research field, and
  • To encourage interdisciplinary conversation that can in turn promote a richer sense of the culture of our research period and lead to new avenues for collaborative research.


The University of Sydney is strong in resources for nineteenth-century studies. Fisher Library has databases in English poetry, prose and verse drama, the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection and Times Digital Archive, and a collection of over 25,000 nineteenth-century works available on microfiche. It holds a strong collection of nineteenth-century periodicals on its open shelves, and the 'three-decker' collection of 1600 works of Victorian fiction, acquired by the Library in 1975-77, is an excellent resource for anyone working on the nineteenth-century novel. Fisher's periodical collection is augmented by the holdings of the State Library of New South Wales (the Mitchell Library). The slide and digital image archive of the Power Visual Resources Library and the holdings the John Schaeffer Fine Arts Library are invaluable on-campus art historical resources. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a fine collection of nineteenth-century British art, and often has on loan works from John Schaeffer's important collection of Pre-Raphaelite and nineteenth-century Academic painting.

All meetings are held in the Rogers Room, N397, John Woolley Building A20, on Thursdays from 3-5pm. Coffee and tea provided.

For further information, or to join this group, please contact Matthew Sussman, .


Programme for Semester 2, 2016

Thursday August 18
Dr Peter Stiles (Excelsia College, Sydney)
"Truth and Mendacity in 'The Manchester Marriage', by Elizabeth Gaskell"
Read the 'The Manchester Marriage' here

Thursday September 15
Dr David Larkin (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
"Between Present and Future: Progressive Composers and Their Audiences 1848-1914"

Thursday October 20
Dr Anne Jamison (Western Sydney University)
"'The enjoyment of a good story': Gender and Nation in Catherine Helen’s Spence’s Literature for Children"

Thursday November 17, 12-5pm
Second Annual Special Lunch and Event in Nineteenth Century Studies


Programme for Semester 1, 2016

Thursday, March 31
Dr. Alexander Bubb (King’s College London)
"Meeting Without Knowing It: the Intertwined Careers of Rudyard Kipling and W.B. Yeats”

Thursday, April 21
Dr. Catherine Moir (University of Sydney)
"Abysmal Humanity: Reading Woyzeck with Walter Benjamin”

Thursday, May 19
Dr. Michael Olson (Macquarie University)
“A Material Correlate of the Transcendental Unity of Apperception: Reconciling Nature and Consciousness in the Opus postumum (1796-1803)”

Thursday, June 16
Prof. Roslyn Jolly (University of New South Wales)
Henry James’s 1874 short story “Adina”


Programme for Semester 2, 2015

Thursday, August 20
Dr. Patrick Marland (University of Sydney), Topic To Be Announced

Thursday, September 17
Professor Patricia Plummer (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
"Rebellious Spirits: Louisa Haynes and the Arts & Crafts Movement in Birmingham”

Thursday, October 22
Professor Helen Groth (University of New South Wales)
"Late Victorian Phonographic Books from Paris to the Antipodes”

Thursday, November 5 - Special Event in Nineteenth-Century Studies
Roundtable and discussion – from 12pm in the John Woolley Common Room (L4, John Woolley Building)


Programme for Semester 1, 2015

Two Musician Girls

Thursday, April 23
Dr. Dalia Nassar, "Romantic Empiricism"

Thursday, May 21
Cressida Green, "Victorian Narratives of Female Rivalry"

Thursday, June 25
Associate Professor Mary Roberts, Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists, and Nineteenth-Century Visual Cultures


Programme for Semester 2, 2014

Letter

August 14
Round Table: Letter Writing

September 18
Art and Writing

October 16
The Ocean World

November 13
The Gaskells and the King James Bible


Programme for Semester 1, 2014

Costume

March 20
Round Table: "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists"

April 17
Performance in Fancy Dress

May 15
Travel Writing

June 5
Carnival Theory and Children's Literature


Programme for Semester 1, 2013

woman and man

March 14
Emigrants

April 11
Casts and Copies

May 2
Sensationalist journalism

May 30
Adolescence


Programme for Semester 2, 2012

Possum climbing on lady

August 23
The Victorian Everyday

September 13
Zoological Sensations

October 4
Sexual Scandal

October 25
Ideas of Childhood


Programme for Semester 1, 2012

Slavey

March 15
Invasive Species

April 12
Medicines and Treatments

May 10
Maids

June 7
Shipwreck/Disaster


Programme for Semester 2, 2011

Sheraton

August 11
Extreme Travel

September 1
Governesses

September 29
Siblings

October 27
Furniture


Programme for Semester 1, 2011

Bull

March 24
Autodidacticism

April 21
'In the Blood?' /The Animal Matrix

May 12
Poverty and Population

June 2
Victorian feminisms


Programme for Semester 2, 2010

Execution

August 19
Executions

September 16
Vampires

October 7
Nature

November 4
Collecting


Programme for Semester 1, 2010

Food Chop

March 18
Vegetarianism

April 15
Cannibalism

May 6
Letters

June 3
Emotion


Programme for Semester 2, 2009

Gothic

August 7
Cultures of Impermanence in Nineteenth Century Australia

4th September
The Gothic

9th October
Castaways

13th November
Film Session 2


Programme for Semester 1, 2009

skeleton

March 5
Unlikely Friendship

April 3
Elocution and Etiquette

May 1
Accidental Encounters

June 5
Film Session 1


Programme for Semester 2, 2008.

Landscape

August 15
Surveying Landscape

September 5
Orientalism Revisited

October 3
The Body in Pain

November 14
Colonial Travel


Programme for Semester 1, 2008.

Jack the Ripper

Friday, April 4
Greg Dening's Theories of Ethnohistory

Wednesday, April 30
Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism

Friday, May 16
Spectacle

Wednesday, May 28
Crowds and Crime