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Periodical Poetry Database
Teaching Victorian Poetry and Print Culture

Currently, in my undergraduate Victorian poetry class, students are beginning to devise research essays based on print holdings in the library. And by research essay I really mean research. Students are required to devise a research question based on the syllabus, and then conduct library research that relates to the contemporary print publication of the […]

Special Issue of Victorian Poetry on Periodical Poetry

Victorian Poetry has just issued a special number, edited by myself and Caley Ehnes, on periodical poetry (Spring 2014, 52: 1). Contents: Alison Chapman and Caley Ehnes, “Introduction” Brain Maidment, “Imagining the Cockney University: Humorous Poetry, the March of Intellect and the Periodical Press 1820-1860” Michele Martinez, “Creating an Audience for a British School: L. […]

Why poetry in Chambers’s Journal matters
Why poetry in Chambers's Journal matters

The Database of Victorian Periodical Poetry is currently completing the indexing and scanning of the weekly Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal (which, after 1854, a change to monthly publication, and re-location to London, was re-titled Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Arts, and which changed again in 1898 to Chambers’s Journal). By the end of March 2014 […]

Is Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s “A Border Song” genuine?
Is Dante Gabriel Rossetti's "A Border Song" genuine?

On 14 January 1860, Once a Week published “A Border Song” (p. 66), illustrated by “Phiz.” The author was a “D. G. R.”, the initials used by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. But is he the author? The Rossetti Archive points out that William Michael Rossetti didn’t include the poem in any of his many editions of […]

Victorian Periodical Poetry anthology?

We have some summer plans at VPN to move forward with the next phase of the database. We are finalizing out dataset, thanks to the hard work of RAs and a work study, and ready to work with the sample of Victorian periodical poetry we have indexed and curated. Caley Ehnes and I are choosing […]

Mary MacLeod and the Poetry of Religious Surrender

During my work as a research assistant for the Victorian Poetry Network, I came across the poetry of Mary MacLeod in Atalanta, a monthly magazine for middle-class young women published in London from October 1887 until September 1898.  Though Mary MacLeod wrote prolifically in the magazine between 1887 and 1893, she and her poetry have […]

Scottish Women Poets
Scottish Women Poets

How many teachers of Victorian poetry ensure they represent Scottish poetry in their syllabus? Probably women feature heavily on course reading lists, but what about Scottish women poets? And how to define Victorian Scottish women writers in any case? My friend and former colleague Dorothy McMillan edited (with Michael Byrne) the definitive edition of Modern […]

Update on the Database of Victorian Periodical Poetry

We’ve currently got 3,102 poems in the database and 1, 094 poets. Thanks to the sharp coding skills of UVic’s HCMC (and specifically of Stewart Arneil), images of many of the poems appear in the search results now (we’ll be adding more poems in the next couple of months). These show the full page context […]

Dickens’ Bicentenary: Why the Fuss?
Dickens' Bicentenary: Why the Fuss?

We are entering the era of Victorian bi-centenaries. Robert Browning’s 200th birthday is on 7 May. Edward Lear follows close behind on 12 May. And then there’s Charles Dickens, who reaches his bi-centenary on 7 February. But I expect you already know that, because celebrations on his behalf have been going on for a while […]

What We’re Working On

We’re fortunate at VPN to have on the team three talented, hard working and enthusiastic students at different stages of their university careers. This post is their answer to the question: “What are you working on now”? A project like VPN and the Victorian Periodical Poetry Database only exists because of the dedication of these […]

CFP: Special issue of Victorian Poetry on periodical poetry

  Victorian Poetry Special Issue: Victorian Periodical Poetry Spring 2014   Edited by Alison Chapman and Caley Ehnes University of Victoria, Canada     Until recently, poetry published in Victorian periodicals was simply ignored. Dismissed as “filler”, devalued as sentimental, and denigrated as popular verse, periodical poetry languished behind serial fiction and the more respectable […]

Poetry in the Chartist Circular

Presumably one of the more complex embodied experiences experienced by Victorian periodical readers is that strange compound of pleasurable anticipation and impatient frustration that we call expectation.  This state, marking the interval between instalments, is not unknown to us either.  There are a number of electronic resources, in various stages of development, whose completion I […]