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 working on several major new resources, including piloting a Victorian periodical poetry database. The site is still very much in development, so please bookmark us and check back often. And don’t forget to become a member, which will allow you to receive notifications of new material and to comment on blog discussions.
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.
Blog Contributors include:
Caley Ehnes is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. Her dissertation research examines the role of poetry in four of the most prominent illustrated literary periodicals of the 1860s: Once a Week, the Cornhill, Good Words, and the Argosy. Her research expertise and enthusiasm have been fundamental to conception and creation of VPN. in addition to writing blog posts for the site, Caley is the lead Research Assistant for the Database of Victorian Periodical Poetry, indexing literary periodicals, mentoring other research assistants, and collaborating with Alison Chapman on database best practices and development. She also started the Victorian Poetry wiki as a trial project on VPN, and co-edits the new collaborative version of the wiki (Victorian Poetry, Poetics and Contexts). She enjoys introducing her Victorian classes to the VPN community!
Sarah is a first-year MA student at University of Victoria. She did a Combined Honours in English and History at 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 working on scanning the poems in Charles Dickens’ Household Words for the VPN database. She is excited to be part of the VPN project!