Founders’ Circle Award:

Best Conference Presentation by an Emerging Scholar


The award is judged by members of the VSAWC executive, attending the conference. In 2012, VSAWC established the Founders’ Circle Award for the best paper delivered at the VSAWC conference by a graduate student or emergent scholar (up to 5 years post-graduation) for that year.

Entries are evaluated according to the following criteria: quality and originality; contribution to Victorian studies; quality of writing; quality of presentation. The winner is announced after the conference.

This year’s recipient (2017) was Jonathan Franklin (New York University) for his paper “‘Too Feeble; Too Sickly’: Disability, Social Mobility and the Pupil-Teacher System.” The 2017 award combines VISAWUS’s William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award with VSAWC’s Founders’ Circle Award. Honorable mention goes to Denae Dyck (University of Victoria) for her paper “Learning to Work and Working to Learn: Embodied Education in George Eliot’s Adam Bede.”


Past Recipients:

Robert Pasquini (McMaster), “Dead London: Excavating Private Catastrophes in M.P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud.” (VSWAC Conference 2016: Victorian Intimacies, Winnipeg, MB)

Paisley Mann (University of British Columbia), “A Paris of their Own: Women’s Guidebooks and an Embodied Critique of Victorian Travel.” (VSAWC Conference 2015: Victorian Bodies; Kelowna, BC)

Wendy Williams (Texas Christian University), “George Eliot, Female Community, and the Poetess.” (VSAWC Conference 2014: Victorian Communities; Banff, AB)

Alison Hurlburt (University of Alberta), “Arnold Bennett: Clay as Other to Inhabitants of the Five Towns.” (VSAWC Conference 2013: Victorian Humanity and Its Others; Vancouver, BC)

Kylee-Anne Hingston (University of Victoria), “‘As Seeing’s Believing’: Illustration, Focalization and Prosthesis in Dinah Mulock Craik’s The Little Lame Prince.” (VSAWC Conference 2012: Victorian Media; Victoria, BC)


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