Victorian Poetry Network "much to do with Victorian poetry"

About VPN

VPN is a hub for discussion, resources and advocacy. We welcome scholars, teachers, students and passionate readers to join us and help promote study of this wonderful subject. Launched in January 2011, we aim to forge a network of those interested in Victorian poetry scholarship. Discussion is promoted through the blog forums, written by an international team of invited scholars at various levels of their careers. These posts will cover a wide range of issues around Victorian poetry: conference reports, new publications, calls for papers, opinion pieces, poem readings, new research and new scholarly discoveries. We’re also the home of a major new resource in progress, the Database of Victorian Periodical Poetry, and we inaugurated the wiki Victorian Poetry, Poetics, and Contexts (now at a wikispaces site:


Dr. Alison Chapman
Alison Chapman (@alisonfchapman) studied at the Universities of Oxford and Glasgow, and has taught at UVic since 2005. She specialises in Victorian poetry (especially Tennyson, the Brownings and the Rossettis) and Victorian internationalism (especially transatlanticism and Anglo-Italian literary, political and cultural relations). She is the author of The Afterlife of Christina Rossetti and the co-author (with Joanne Meacock) of A Rossetti Family Chronology, and she has edited or co-edited several collections of essays, including A Companion to Victorian Poetry (with Richard Cronin and Antony H. Harrison), Unfolding the South: Nineteenth-Century British and American Women Writers and Artists in Italy (with Jane Stabler) and Victorian Women Poets. She has recently completed a monograph on Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s engagement with Risorgimento Italy, and is at work on a study of the geographies of Victorian poetry. Alison Chapman also edits the Database of Victorian Periodical Poetry.



Thanks to Meagan Timney, who was hugely influential in the conception of VPN, and who worked hard to create the initial website.

Advisory Board

Isobel Armstrong
Marysa Demoor
Michael Eberle-Sinatra
Linda Hughes
Jerome McGann
Bethany Nowviskie
Michael Sanders
Ray Siemens
Andrew Stauffer
Marjorie Stone
Herbert Tucker

Blog Contributors include:

Caley Ehnes (doctoral candidate, UVic); Linda Hughes (TCU); Yisrael Levin (HWS); Britta Martens (UWE); Michele Martinez (Harvard); Marjorie Stone (Dalhousie); Karen Yuen (UVic).

Research Assistants

Current RAs

Samantha MacFarlane, Ph.D. candidate, University of Victoria

Dr Kylee-Anne Hingston, University of Victoria


Former RAs

Caley Ehnes
Caley Ehnes received her PhD from the University of Victoria. Her dissertation research examined the role of poetry in four of the most prominent illustrated literary periodicals of the 1860s: Once a Week, the CornhillGood Words, and the Argosy. Her research expertise and enthusiasm have been fundamental to conception and creation of VPN, and she continues to work with Alison Chapman on expansions to the Database. Dr Ehnes co-edited with Alison Chapman the special issue of Victorian Poetry devoted to periodical poetry (Spring 2014), and she is currently teaching at the College of the Rockies.


Sarah Milligan
Sarah has an MA from the University of Victoria, and a Combined Honours in English and History from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Originally from Montreal, she came to the West Coast to study Victorian poetry, specializing in the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She is currently the Publishing Manager for British History Online.

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