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Professor Jane Chapman on 19th century periodicals, 5pm 13th Oct, MB3202.


‘Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Comparative International Research in 19th Century Periodicals’


In periodical studies the field of comparative study beyond the English-speaking world and the British Empire is still relatively unexplored, despite the fact that connections between Britain and non-Anglophone countries have always been strong. The question is how can the researcher identify and study them? This paper argues that the most obvious way is by using periodicals to research trans-national themes such as modernism, “orientalist” trade, cultural and scientific exchange, design, or fashion. Focusing on Germany, France and Japan, some areas for further research are identified: science periodicals in Europe, women’s uses of periodicals in the late nineteenth century, periodicals for ex-patriot communities and satirical publications.







Jane Chapman is Professor of Communications, a grant research team leader and a comparative media historian, specializing in late 19th and early 20th century newspaper history – both illustrative and textual.


Her first degree is in history from UCL, her masters and PGCE are in history from Cambridge, where she remains a Research Associate, and her doctorate was under James Joll in the department of International History, LSE.


Jane had 14 years as a television documentary producer and on-screen news reporter and has since written 10 books and almost 40 articles and book chapters.


In this current academic year she is running 3 AHRC grants on the First World War, and since 2007 has been a serial grant holder for British Academy, ESRC and AHRC, with a total of 6 grants for the latter.  She is a member of both AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a former visiting fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge, and an Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney.


We have a really exciting programme coming up this Semester. Please see the details below:


Events Programme, 2016-17 – Semester A


  • 13th Oct (Week 3) – Jane Chapman (Lincoln, Department of Journalism): ‘Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Comparative International Research in 19th Century Periodicals’


  • 3rd Nov (Week 6) – Anna Barton (Sheffield): ‘Poetry as I comprehend the word’: Charlotte Brontë’s lyric afterlife’


  • 1st December (Week 10) – Alyson Wharton-Durgaryan, (Lincoln, Department of History): ‘The “House of Government” (Hükümet Konağı), the Municipality (Belediye) and the struggle for public space in Erzurum, Bitlis and Van in the Hamidian Era (1876-1909)’


All meetings take place in MB3202. Refreshments will be served at 5pm, and the session will begin at 5.15pm. Please follow us on Twitter (@19thCLincoln) if you are social media-friendly.


We hope to see many of you during the term.

There is an extra C19 event taking place on Wednesday 18th May at 4.15pm in MB3202 (refreshments served from 4pm). Dr Julian North from the University of Leicester will talk to us on ‘Portraits for the People: Dickens’s Public Image’.


All are welcome.


Please find Dr. North’s abstract and biography below:





Dr Julian North, University of Leicester

‘Portraits for the People: Dickens’s Public Image’


This talk will explore visual images of Dickens’s in print media in the 1830s and 40s. I will be looking at portraits of Dickens by Daniel Maclise, Margaret Gillies, Alfred D’Orsay and others, in  frontis pieces, prints and the periodical press, as well as more eccentric forms such as the ‘Bijou English Almanac’ of 1842. I’ll be situating these images in the context of challenges to aristocratic portraiture at the period (including Dickens’s own scathing remarks on the subject), and asking how these images positioned him in relation to his public.  To what extent was Dickens made, visually, into a man of the people?


Julian North is a senior lecturer in nineteenth-century literature in the School of English, University of Leicester. She specialises in biography and authorial afterlives and has published on the work of Thomas De Quincey, Carlyle, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Bronte, amongst others. She is the author of The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet (Oxford University Press, 2009) and one of the editors of The Works of Thomas De Quincey (Pickering and Chatto, 2000-2003), gen. ed. Grevel Lindop. She is currently working on Victorian author portraits.

The final C19 session of this academic year will take place on Thursday 14th April in MB1012. Sibylle Erle (Bishop Grosseteste University) will talk to us on ‘War, Napoleon and the Panorama’.


Refreshments will be served from 5pm and the paper will begin at 5.15pm.




Sibylle’s abstract and biography are below.




Robert Barker, the originator of the panorama, patented his invention which successfully represented a view of 360° in 1787 and opened a purpose-built rotunda in Leicester Square in 1793. The first panorama shown at Leicester Square was the Grand Fleet at Spithead, being the Russian Armament in 1791. Like the annual exhibition at the Royal Academy it was opened by George III.  According to Henry Aston Barker’s Memoirs (1857), Joshua Reynolds, the president of the Royal Academy, though initially skeptical of the invention, came to support and admire it – as did his successor Benjamin West. When Barker’s patent expired in 1801, a rival venue opened in the Strand; several other venues operated across the country. They were never in competition as they shared resources and coordinated showings. The panorama has been discussed as inferior art, mass entertainment, a precursor of the cinema and virtual reality. This talk will discuss the interaction between war and society within the space of the panorama as well as explore the development of panorama’s visual technology, its representation of war and commentary on the French Napoleonic wars. Sketches have survived but none of the original paintings. What we have to go by are reviews, eye-witness accounts and the schematic reproductions at the back of the narrative programmes. This talk seeks to establish the Panorama as a space in which visitors were inadvertently encouraged to critically engage with the topic represented: it will historically situate the panorama and determine how the ambitions of the panorama painters helped shape and promote very specific ideas about the French Napoleonic Wars and Napoleon.


The battle of Waterloo not only marked the end of the French Napoleonic wars, its significance lies in the high number of causalities. In Waterloo and the Romantic Imagination (2002) Phil Shaw points to the perceived failure of language to express what had happened, which is why, he explains, many took recourse to the aesthetic of the sublime, while gauging the battle’s meaning for the nation. Responses to Waterloo generally were ambivalent, wavering between elation about the victory and dejection about the suffering. Simon Bainbridge in Napoleon and English Romanticism (1995) compares the different poetic responses to Napoleon, i.e. how interpretations of Napoleon’s destiny and character sit with governmental or official narratives and radical counter-narratives. This talk is part of a project on Lord Byron’s, Walter Scott’s and Charlotte Eaton’s first responses to the field of Waterloo as well as the visual strategies of the panoramas to make sense of ‘Waterloo’. Most of the primary research on the Waterloo panoramas dates back to Panoramas, 1787-1900: Texts and Contexts (2012) with Laurie Garrison as general editor.





Sibylle Erle, FRSA, is Senior Lecturer in English at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, author of Blake, Lavater and Physiognomy (Legenda, 2010), co-editor of Science, Technology and the Senses (Special Issue for RaVoN, 2008), volume editor of Panoramas, 1787-1900: Texts and Contexts (5 vols., Pickering & Chatto, 2012) and co-editor of The Reception of William Blake in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2017). She co-curated the display “Blake and Physiognomy” (2010-11) at Tate Britain and devised an online exhibition of Tennyson’s copy of Blake’s Job for the Tennyson Research Centre (2013). Apart from Blake’s reception, she is working on ‘character’ in the Romantic period, writing on Tennyson, Mary Shelley and the Panorama and collaborating with Jim Cheshire, Ewan Jones and Phyllis Weliver on a project which will digitally archive objects of the Tennyson Archive.



On the 17th March, the C19 Interdisciplinary Research Group will feature two Lincoln PhD students talking about their current research.


We will be in room MB1012. Doors open at 5pm and the papers will begin at 5.15pm. Refreshments will be available.


Please find details of the two papers below.




Michelle Poland, “A Perilous Prognosis: Introducing ‘Ecological Dismemberment’ in the Franklin Expedition and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man


The EcoGothic is an emerging subcategory of critical inquiry uniquely equipped to capture fears about human produced environmental degradation.  It is curious, then, that the Anthropocene has been thus far largely neglected by the EcoGothic, given its perilous prognosis.  This paper begins by considering just one of the ways in which this new geological epoch might recast our readings of Gothic narratives, revealing the nightmarish underside to humanity’s exploitative ways.  By borrowing some theoretical framework from Carol J. Adams’ thesis, The Sexual Politics of Meat, I tentatively introduce the concept of ‘ecological dismemberment’ and briefly explore the ways in which it pervades the culture and literature of nineteenth century Britain, a period of seismic industrial, mechanical, and technological growth.  Drawing on the 1845 Franklin expedition and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man (1826), I argue that Adam’s theory of dismemberment, one that links the carving up of meat and sexual violence, a “cycle of objectification, fragmentation and consumption”, can be further applied to the oppression of the broader more-than-human world.  As discussion unfolds, it becomes clear “the earth is a single vast ecosystem that we destabilise at our peril”


NPG D18654; 'The lawyer; the client' by John Kay


Grace Harvey, “Robert Bage and The Economics of Friendship”


Throughout the late eighteenth-century Robert Bage, a radical writer and paper-maker from the West-Midlands, relied significantly upon his friends to avoid financial ruin; however, these friendly interventions would have far-reaching consequences into their sympathetic relations. Paying particular attention to Bage’s relationship with his childhood friend William Hutton, a central figure in West-Midlands radicalism and Bage’s sole customer, this paper will consider how questions of obligation and the distribution of power, that arise from their financial transactions, have a clear influence upon their friendship. Their correspondence reveals how these concerns trouble Bage and more significantly include his explicit attempts to reconcile their friendship.


Further questions will consider how these letters begin to illuminate readings of Bage’s 1792 novel, Man as He is. Like Bage attempts to navigate the demands of obligation to both his customer and his friend, so to do protagonists Sir George Paradyne and Mr Lindsay, who compel us to question what motivates action, and whether this is anchored in sympathy or financial prosperity. His fervent discussion of these complexities culminates in the notion that friendship is necessary to these commercial endeavours in the attempts to overcome antagonistic class politics.



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