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.
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 .
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
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
Round Table: Letter Writing
Art and Writing
The Ocean World
The Gaskells and the King James Bible
Programme for Semester 1, 2014
Round Table: "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists"
Performance in Fancy Dress
Carnival Theory and Children's Literature
Programme for Semester 1, 2013
Casts and Copies
Programme for Semester 2, 2012
The Victorian Everyday
Ideas of Childhood
Programme for Semester 1, 2012
Medicines and Treatments
Programme for Semester 2, 2011
Programme for Semester 1, 2011
'In the Blood?' /The Animal Matrix
Poverty and Population
Programme for Semester 2, 2010
Programme for Semester 1, 2010
Programme for Semester 2, 2009
Cultures of Impermanence in Nineteenth Century Australia
Film Session 2
Programme for Semester 1, 2009
Elocution and Etiquette
Film Session 1
Programme for Semester 2, 2008.
The Body in Pain
Programme for Semester 1, 2008.
Friday, April 4
Greg Dening's Theories of Ethnohistory
Wednesday, April 30
Friday, May 16
Wednesday, May 28
Crowds and Crime