Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work across the broad field of Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics.
The new Call for Papers for our next issue, "Victorian Ecologies," is live now.
You can have a look at it here: Victorian Ecologies
We are also delighted to announce that our Summer 2020 issue, entitled "Victorian Visions" and guest edited by Kate Flint (USC Dornsife), is now available (see below).
Our previous editions:
- Victorian Visions
- Forgery and Imitation
- Victorian Brain
- Victorian Dirt
- Victorian Bodies and Body Parts
- Victorians and the Law: Literature and Legal Culture
- Victorian Other Worlds
- Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Literature and Culture
- Production and Consumption in Victorian Literature and Culture
- Theatricality and Performance in Victorian Literature and Culture
- Crossing the Line: Affinities Before and After 1900
- Victorian Literature and Science
- The British Empire and Victorian Literature and Culture
In the course of the long nineteenth century, advances in technology, developments in medicine and psychology, and corresponding innovation in the arts and literature, participated in a reconceptualisation of sight. The advent of mass production by way of print, photography, optical apparatus and toys (such as panoramas, kaleidoscopes, and finally moving pictures), introduced the visual as a more pervasive and accessible feature of daily life. At the same time, dreams, daydreams, hallucinations, and mesmeric visions garnered scientific attention. The arts and literature, as well as the disciplines of clinical medicine and psychology, became preoccupied with the possibilities and limitations of seeing, of making visible, and of visual representation.
In recent years, a rapidly expanding field of Victorian studies has increasingly drawn attention to the diverse ways in which vision, visuality, and seeing – in both their optical and imaginative meanings – shaped the cultural and social landscape of the long nineteenth century. Scholars including Kate Flint, Christopher Otter, Daryl Ogden, Jonathan Potter, and Srdjan Smajić have investigated how vision, in its myriad interpretations, functioned in the lives of the Victorians. Their work has contributed to discourses on sight and blindness, on gendered visions and the politics of the gaze, as well as political and ideological visions. All highlight the manifold points of contact between visuality, the visual arts, and literature.
Thinking about 'Victorian Visions’ thus invites us to move beyond the obvious, to focus on how visuality engages with our senses, and to look at the complex intellectual and philosophical significations that new-found attitudes towards optics and visuality generated.