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PhD scholarship on Literature c.1914


The poet Edward Thomas c.1905

Emerging Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following:

Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award, Liverpool Hope University

Research Supervisors: Dr Guy Cuthbertson and Associate Professor William Blazek

Research Topic: The Literature of the First World War

Closing Date: 14 March 2016

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Guy Cuthbertson and Associate Professor William Blazek, both of whom have published widely in the field of First World War literature.  They will consider proposals on any aspect of First World War literature, but their own research has been focused on the literature of Britain and the USA.  A focus on Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, the Georgians, Edwardian legacies, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, other American writers, or life-writing would be especially welcome. Liverpool Hope has excellent library resources for the study of the First World War.

Please contact Guy Cuthbertson at if you would like to discuss a proposal. Continue reading


Two Week Extension: Englishness and The Edwardian Landscape


The Blue Pool, 1911 (oil on panel), John, Augustus Edwin (1878-1961) © The estate of Augustus John. Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland / Bridgeman Images.

The Blue Pool, 1911 (oil on panel), John, Augustus Edwin (1878-1961) © The estate of Augustus John. Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland / Bridgeman Images.

The Edwardian Culture Network is able to offer postgraduate and early-career researcher bursaries to speakers wishing to take part in the upcoming symposium ‘Englishness and the Edwardian Landscape’. New deadline: February 8th. N.B. This call for papers is open to those currently working on a postgraduate qualification, or to those who finished their PhD after 2012:

CFP: ‘To show a foreigner England’: Englishness and the Edwardian Landscape

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, April 11th 2016.

This one-day symposium – coinciding with the exhibition Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex – takes as its starting point the following quotation from E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End (1910):

If one wanted to show a foreigner England, perhaps the wisest course would be to take him to the final section of the Purbeck Hills, and stand him on their summit, a few miles to the east of Corfe. Then system after system of our island would roll together under his feet.

Forster’s comment suggests that the rolling hills of the South West should be taken as a synecdoche for England. Taking our cues from this idea – but expanding the discussion to include other regions also – we will address a range of important questions: where was Englishness located at the turn of the century, and why? What made a landscape especially English, or distinctly not-English? What role did artist’s colonies play in understanding and promoting particular landscapes in the national consciousness? How important was landscape to the development of modern art in England? How was the English landscape marketed to audiences outside England, especially the wider Empire? Finally, how did depictions of the landscape by writers such as Thomas Hardy affect visual artists?

Although many of the questions raised by the exhibition are art-historical in nature, we welcome speakers and participants from other disciplines, including literature, cultural geography and history. We have already identified and contacted a small group of established academics, who have agreed to take part in our discussions. These include figures who have written widely on the subject,  some of whom contributed to the 2002 publication Geographies of Englishness: Landscape and the National Past, the influence of which we wish to acknowledge. In the thirteen years since this publication, however, research into early twentieth-century British art, national identity and Empire has expanded greatly, and new thinkers have entered the field. To this end, three-four graduate/early-career researchers will be selected to speak at the symposium. To be eligible, you must be currently working on an MA or PhD, or have completed a PhD after 2012. Speakers will receive a £100 grant to support travel and accommodation. To apply, please send a 300 word proposal, along with a one-page CV, to by January 16th.

This event has been generously supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and will be hosted by the Royal West of England Academy.

Something in the general feel of everything


Celebrating the Relief of Mafeking in Piccadilly, 1900

‘Out in the crowd against the railings, with his arm hooked in Annette’s, Soames waited. Yes! the Age was passing! What with this Trade Unionism, and Labour fellows in the House of Commons, with continental fiction, and something in the general feel of everything, not to be expressed in words, things were very different; he recalled the crowd on Mafeking night, and George Forsyte saying: “They’re all socialists, they want our goods.” Like James, Soames didn’t know, he couldn’t tell – with Edward on the throne! Things would never be as safe again as under good old Viccy!’ (John Galsworthy, In Chancery, 1920)

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Age of 2016….

CFP:Screening the Victorians

Crimson Peak

Screening the Victorians in the Twenty-First Century

2017 special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies

Despite frequent predictions of their disappearance, appropriations of the Victorian era never quite seem to leave our film, television and computer screens. Indeed, in popular prime-time viewing from Doctor Who (2005-) to Sherlock (2010-) and Penny Dreadful (2014-), and in cinematic blockbusters such as Sweeney Todd (2007), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Crimson Peak (2015), the Victorians remain a particularly visible part of present-day culture. This special issue will explore recent popular screen Victoriana ‘for the masses’ and the politics of its production, distribution, audience reception and consumption. We seek contributions that engage with the breadth of screen media, from big-budget film and television series produced by the likes of the BBC and Showtime to online web-series created by small production companies and non-professionals. How has screen Victoriana developed since the millennium? How might we address questions of neo-Victorianism’s periodization via the film medium? In a time when transnational co-production is increasingly common, how important are national origins and audiences in shaping neo-Victorianism on screen? What ‘sells’ these myriad moving images of the nineteenth century? Wherein resides their distinctive appeal and what meanings, values, and affects do audiences invest therein? Possible topics could include but are by no means limited to: Continue reading

Journal of Victorian Culture Essay Prize

A Birmingham Prize Fight, c.1840

A Birmingham Prize Fight, c.1840

(also open to early Edwardianists!)

Journal of Victorian Culture
Graduate Student Essay Prize 2015 – 16

The Journal of Victorian Culture inaugurated an essay prize competition in 2007, and our past winners include Louise Lee, Tiffany Watt-Smith, Bob Nicholson, and Tom Scriven whose essays appear in issues 13.1 (2008), 15.1 (2010), 17.3 (2012), and 19.1 (2014). We are pleased to announce the next competition. The aim of the JVC Essay Prize is to promote scholarship among postgraduate research students working on the Victorian period in any discipline in the UK and abroad. The essay, which must be no longer than 7000 words in length (including notes), may be on any aspect of Victorian culture appropriate for the scope of the journal (this embraces literature and history, including cultural, intellectual, social, political, economic and religious history; the history of music, science, technology, medicine, theatre and visual culture; historical geography). The editorial board welcomes essays that adopt an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter. Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays from the Edwardian Culture Network! Thanks to all those who attended our two conferences this year, at the Universities of Liverpool and Keele. We look forward to meeting many of you at next year’s conference ‘Enchanted Edwardians’ in Bristol!

Arnold Bennett and His Circle: Registration Open



The Old Library, Keele Hall, KEELE UNIVERSITY 17TH-18TH OCTOBER 2014

The Edwardian Culture Network, in association with the Arnold Bennett Society, is delighted to announce that registration is now open for ‘Arnold Bennett and His Circle’.

At once both a commercially-successful and an experimental writer, Bennett’s range encompassed commercial fiction and naturalism, self-help books and short stories, journalism and science-fiction. Though he was held in high esteem by many of his contemporaries, Bennett’s critical reputation has suffered over the course of the twentieth century. ‘Arnold Bennett and His Circle’ will present Bennett as an icon of the Edwardian age, fundamental to our understanding of the period, and a writer whose work needs to be considered specifically in an Edwardian context. It will also explore Bennett’s relevance and legacy to twenty-first century readerships.

Confirmed speakers include Professor David Amigoni (Keele University), Professor Ruth Robbins (Leeds Beckett), and Professor Deborah Wynne (University of Chester).

The cost of the weekend is £20, which includes a guided walk of Burslem by John Shapcott, a noted authority on Bennett. To register, please visit:

Due to the terms of our room booking, we will be unable to provide delegates with lunch and refreshments. However, there are a number of food and retail outlets available on the Keele University campus. For more information about these, please see:

Download conference poster: Bennett and His Circle Poster14