Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | November 10, 2010

Final version of the program

The final program of NAVSA2011 is now available in PDF.

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | October 30, 2010

Readings for Seminars and Workshops

Conference delegates who indicated workshop/seminar preferences in their registration forms will be contacted via email by November 1 with the workshop or seminar to which they have been assigned.

Linda Shires (workshop) (Yeshiva University), 2B: Hardy’s Poetry and the Question of Interart Analysis  (Thursday, November 11, 10:30am – 12:00 noon)

Main readings (all of which are available as pdf files in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:

  • Hardy, Thomas. “The Impercipient, At a Cathedral Service” (ms title: “The Agnostic (Evensong ___Cathedral)” and “Thoughts of Phena, At News of her Death” (1890). The Complete Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy, Volume I. Ed. Samuel Hynes. Oxford: Clarendon, 1982.
  • Hardy, Thomas. “Poems of 1912-13” and “Veteris Vestigia Flammae.” The Complete Poems. Ed. James Gibson. Macmillan, 2002.
  • Ruskin, John.  From The Stones of Venice Volume II (1853). In The Longman’s Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2B. Eds. David Damrosch, Heather Henderson, and William Chapman Sharpe. New York: Longman, 2006. 1495-1505.
  • Helsinger, Elizabeth K.  Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. New Haven: Yale UP, 2008. 1-9. A painting by Rossetti “The Tune of Seven Towers” (1857) is omitted in the scan, but one can find it online here:
  • Shires, Linda M.  Perspectives: Modes of Viewing and Knowing in Nineteenth-Century England. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2009. Chapter 1. Turner and Dyce paintings referred to in my chapter are here and here

Stefanie Markovits (seminar) (Yale University), 4B: Adulterated Forms: Violet Fane, the Verse-Novel, and the Scales of Love  (Thursday, November 11, 2:45 – 4:15pm)

Main readings: (both are available as pdf files in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:

  • Fane, Violet.  “Lancelot and Guinevere” and “Now.” From Dawn to Noon.  London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1872.
  • Fane, Violet.  Denzil Place: A Story in Verse.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1875. 99-109, 171-89, 249-52.

Richard Menke (workshop) (University of Georgia), 7B: Fictionalizing Late-Victorian Media  (Friday, November 12, 10:30am – 12:00noon)

Main reading:

  • Paston, George (Emily Morse Symonds). A Writer of Books. 1899. Chapters 1-6. (pp. 1-57 in Margaret Stetz’s edition) (The complete text of the original American edition is available on Google books:

Optional readings:

  • Gissing, George. New Grub Street. 1891.
  • Kipling, Rudyard. “The Finest Story in the World.” 1891. Many Inventions, 95-135.
  • —–. “Mrs. Bathurst.” 1904. Traffics and Discoveries, 313-37.

James Buzard (seminar) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), 9B: Anti-Autoethnography  (Friday, November 12, 2:45 – 4:15pm)

Main readings:

  • Buzard, James.  “An Item of Mortality.” (manuscript available in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:
  • —. “Expansion, Interruption, Autoethnography: Toward Disorienting Fiction, Part 2.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer 2009): 261-67.
  • —. “‘The Country of the Plague”: Anticulture and Autoethnography in Dickens’ 1850s.” Victorian Literature and Culture 38.2 (2010): 413-19.

Optional reading:

  • Moretti, Franco. “Serious Century.” The Novel, vol. I: History, Geography, and Culture.  Ed. Franco Moretti.  Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006. 364-400.

Vanessa Remington (workshop) (Assistant Curator, Royal Collection), 12B: “My private miniatures”: Queen Victoria and the 19th Century Portrait Miniature  (Saturday, November 13, 10:30am – 12:00noon)

Main reading: (will be available on or shortly after Nov. 1 as a pdf file in the members-only section of the NAVSA website:

  • Remington, Vanessa.  “Introduction” to Victorian Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen.

Cannon Schmitt (seminar) (University of Toronto), 14B: Tidal Conrad (Literally)  (Saturday, November 13, 2:45 – 4:15pm)

Main reading:

Optional readings:

  • Best, Stephen, and Sharon Marcus, “Surface Reading: An Introduction.” Representations 108 (Fall 2009): 1-21.
  • Marcus, Sharon. “Just Reading: Female Friendship and the Marriage Plot.” In Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2007. 73-108.
Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | October 29, 2010

NAVSA Program Draft 3

Dear Colleagues,

We are making available the NAVSA 2010 Program (Draft 3), briefly, in advance of the final registration/drop from program deadline of November 1st.  Any notes about last corrections to the program should be emailed to with the Subject Heading PROGRAM CORRECTION.
With thanks,

NAVSA 2010 Organizing Committee

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | October 14, 2010

New Hotel Information

Dear NAVSA colleagues,

The organizers of NAVSA 2010: Victorian Scale & Perspective are pleased to announce that our new venue for the conference will be the Delta Montreal (President Kennedy) Hotel.  This is a lovely 4 Star hotel with great rooms and excellent conference space well suited to our needs.  Despite the temporary inconvenience of the closure of Grand Plaza, we feel this transfer will make the entire conference even more successful than it would have been. We want to reiterate that if you already booked a room at the Grand Plaza, that booking information will be transferred automatically to the Delta and you do not have to do anything to confirm your reservation.  The previous NAVSA room rate of $134 per night will be honored by the new hotel.  Further, if you hadn’t booked a room yet, the same NAVSA room rate will be available to all conference goers until November 1, 2010.  If you haven’t booked already, please book now via the following link:  We thank you for your patience during this transition period, and we look forward to seeing you all at the conference!

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | October 9, 2010

Change of Conference Venue

Due to the October 7th closure of the Grande Plaza Hotel we will be changing
the hotel venue of the NAVSA 2010 conference. Reservations that have
already been made with the Grande Plaza, and associated room rates will be
honored by the new host hotel, and the transfer of booking information will
be handled by the conference organizers. An official announcement of the new
venue, and links and information for booking at the new hotel will be posted
on the website within the week.

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | September 14, 2010

NAVSA 2010 Program

The second draft of the conference program is now available in pdf format: NAVSA Working Program DRAFT 2. The final program will be available in the last week of October.

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | September 14, 2010

Registration Now Open

Online registration for NAVSA 2010: Victorian Scale & Perspective is now open.

Visit the Registration page for more info.

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | August 6, 2010

Book Display

Note to Publishers:

NAVSA 2010 invites publishers to display and promote their titles at the upcoming conference, Victorian Scale & Perspective: November 11-13.  Rates for table display space, conference-kit flyers, and advertisements in the conference program can be had by contacting the conference organizers at the following address:

Table space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.  Several presses, including Ashgate and Broadview, have already confirmed their presence at the conference.

Note to Presenters and Authors:

Please note that we have also arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage a combined book exhibit for the conference. In addition to advertising or in lieu of booking a table of your own, it may possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display.  Please refer to the guidelines below, provided by Scholar’s Choice:

“Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming NAVSA meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible.  The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. The press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe at

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | August 5, 2010

Conference Hotel Online Booking Code

The Participant Code for booking a room at the Grand Plaza Hotel is now available.  To get the conference rate for your room at the Grand Plaza Hotel please click here and type in the following “Attendee Code”:  NVS

To get to this page from the hotel’s home page, click on Group Booking Login, and then type NVS in the “Attendee Code” box.

Alternatively, you may call 1.800.561.4644 and mention the NVS code to make your hotel reservation by phone.

Posted by: Michael E. Sinatra | June 2, 2010

NAVSA 2010 Program

The program for NAVSA 2010 is now available in PDF: NAVSA 2010 Program.pdf.

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