Terribly Quiet

Stanislawa de Karlowska, Barrage Balloons, c.1914

Stanislawa de Karlowska, Barrage Balloons, c.1914

‘Terribly quiet; that is in two words the spirit of this age, as I have felt it from my cradle. I sometimes wondered how many other people felt the oppression of this union between quietude and terror. I see blank well-ordered streets, and men in black moving about inoffensively, sullenly. It goes on day after day, day after day, and nothing happens; but to me it is like a dream from which I might awake screaming. To me the straightness of our life is the straightness of a thin cord stretched tight. Its stillness is terrible. It might snap with a noise like thunder’ (G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, 1904)

Edwardian Premonitions and Echoes – Final Schedule


[UPDATED: 08/04/14]

Our second annual conference will take place later this week in Liverpool. The schedule is as follows:

THURSDAY 10th April

Registration 9.00-9.45

Introduction 9.45-10.15

Panel One: Empire and War 10.15-12.25 (chair: Harry Wood)

Paul Stocker – The Imperial Spirit: The Edwardian Era, Empire and British Fascism

Andrew Glazzard – “And Now I Build Destroyers!” The Economics of War in Edwardian Fiction

Michael Robinson – Perceptions of the Irish soldier during the time of the Great War: A Victorian and Edwardian Legacy of Anti-Irish Prejudice

Patrick Longson – Before the German Menace: British Imperial Anxiety before 1896 Continue reading

British Art Network Recordings


C. R. W. Nevinson, ‘Banking at 4000 Feet’, 1917

Recordings of recent British Art Network seminars are now available on the Tate website (scroll down for older events). These include April’s discussion of Art and the First World War and the January discussion on ‘Overlooked Victorian artists’. Highly recommended!

CFP: Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography


The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography, 16th July

Keynote: Dr Trev Broughton, University of York.

Submissions are welcomed for ‘The Rise and Fall of Victorian Biography’, a postgraduate conference held at the University of Hull on the 16th July 2014, aimed at promoting Northern research in Victorian life-writing. We invite submissions from postgraduate students across the humanities on the theme of nineteenth-century biography. The conference will encompass a range of themes relating to the topic of life-writing, exploring the development of Victorian biography and the influence of biography on the Victorians. How did Victorian biographers respond to the legacy of eighteenth-century works like Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson? How did reading military biography and the lives of celebrities shape the literary landscape of the Victorian period?  Continue reading

Edwardian Premonitions and Echoes: Registration Now Open!


Registration for the second annual Edwardian Culture Network conference, ‘Edwardian Premonitions and Echoes’ is now open! The registration fee is £12. Further details (including a draft schedule) can be found on our events page.

Feel free to share our conference poster with any interested parties!

CFP: Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939)

'Sheffield Seamstresses' by William Rothenstein, c.1917

‘Sheffield Seamstresses’ by William Rothenstein, c.1917

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939).

Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change, 1880–1939 

Two-Day International Conference Bishopsgate Institute, London 12–13 September 2014)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Eugenia Paulicelli (Queen’s College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Professor Lou Taylor (University of Brighton)

This cross-disciplinary conference explores the relationship between work, clothes and social change at the turn of the twentieth century.

During the long nineteenth century mechanized manufacturing, accelerated modes of production and innovative trades and industries created employment possibilities for an increasingly professionalized workforce. While factory and clerical workers, shop girls and other members of a newly established workforce faced changing working hours and environments, a transformation of clothes paralleled this revolution in trades and industries. New vocations required new vestments at a time when the affordability of mass-produced clothing launched the ready-to-wear industry. Social mobility expressed itself in new sartorial patterns and specific uniforms or dresses became the markers of professional identity and social mobility. At the turn of the twentieth century the histories of dress and labour shared many common threads. Continue reading

CFP: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

'Rossetti's Name is First Heard in America' by Max Beerbohm

‘Rossetti’s Name is First Heard in America’ by Max Beerbohm

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

Celebrity Encounters: Transatlantic Fame in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

University of Portsmouth, UK, July 4-5, 2014

Building on recent scholarship that has demonstrated that the discourses, practices and conditions associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century celebrity culture were already in place in America and Europe by the end of the eighteenth century, this conference explores the transatlantic dimensions of nineteenth-century constructions of fame and fandom. It considers the ways transatlantic celebrity affected relationships between, and the identities of, celebrities and fans, and facilitated a questioning of geographically located notions of identity, race, gender and class. In the context of new forms of communication, transport and media that irrevocably altered celebrity cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, this conference focuses on the nature of celebrity encounters and the complexities of relationships between famous Americans and their British fans; British lions and their American devotees; and British and American celebrities.

Possible topics include: Continue reading