I'm not sure I strictly consider myself a Victorianist - my real field of interest is the early twentieth century: but it's impossible to think about sex after 1900 without giving quite a lot of attention to 'Victorianism', both as an enduring force and something to be reacted against.

Victorian sex factoids: some much-reiterated canards Victorian Psychiatry: some suggestions for reading


Two articles of my own of Victorian interest:

'The Other in the Mirror: Sex, Victorians and Historians' a piece in progress about problems and stereotypes in thinking about Victorian sexuality
now with expanded bibliography

'The Great Scourge': Syphilis as a medical problem and moral metaphor, 1880-1916
A paper written for and given at a Courtauld Institute Symposium, 23 May 1998: Le Grand Mort. Twentieth Century Bodies, Sexuality, Death and Degeneracy, and unlikely to appear anywhere in exactly this form.


My publications, and reviews and recommended reading of particularly Victorian relevance.


Literary abortion: mentions of abortion in literary texts, Following discussions on the Victoria listserv, I have added a number of Victorian references I did not already have.



Some primary sources
Interesting sites


Some primary sources

Mundus: gateway site to missionary-related research resources (UK).

Portcullis, gateway to the archives of Parliament

London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972: digitised and searchable

The Victorian Commons: Researching the House of Commons, 1832-1868: resources: 'a list of the some of the best websites we use that are free to access'

The Nineteenth-Century Data Collective: peer-reviews and houses literary or cultural data, circa 1800-1900, on an open access website designed, hosted, and maintained by Princeton University Library.


Interesting Sites

Victoria Research Web: a plethora of resources for the Victorianist, including the archives of the VICTORIA e-list, list of links to Open Access 19th-century Periodicals and annotated guide to other important 19th-century resources to explore online.

British Association for Victorian Studies

Australasian Victorian Studies Association

Victorians Institute & Journal

The Victorian Turkish Bath
Malcolm Shifrin's information exchange

Charlotte M. Yonge web page

and now

Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge

The W. T. Stead site

The Victorian Women Writers Project
Online, and highly accurate, transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. A wonderful source for hard-to-find texts.

The Victorian Dictionary
a guide to the social history of Victorian London
with the in-progress list of Top Victorians

An Electronic Journal for the Exchange of Information on Current Research, Publications and Productions concerning Oscar Wilde and his Circle: and several other online journals and websites of fin de siecle interest
Special edition devoted to the homoerotic novel Teleny

Monuments and Dust: The Culture of Victorian London
'the work of an international group of scholars now assembling a complex visual, textual, and statistical representation of Victorian London--the largest city of the nineteenth-century world and its first urban metropolis'

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

NINES: Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies

Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies

NCSE: nineteenth-century serials edition:
getting Victorian newspapers and periodicals online

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
'a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture'

North American Victorian Studies Association.

19 - Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century: online journal

Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA)

Carlyle Letters Online

Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies

Victorian Working-Class Women Poets Archive

At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901

Planet Century 19
'a meta-blog that collects contents of select 19th century blogs. It is maintained by Kelly Searsmith, Ph.D.'

Bruce Rosen's idiosyncratic selection of short bits about elements of Victorian history

Victorian Shrines: museums dedicated to Victorians

Studies in Scarlet: Marriage and Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914
'Drawn from the Harvard Law School Library's extensive trial collections... images of the texts of more than 450 separately published trial narratives printed in the United States or the United Kingdom from 1815 until 1914.... divorce, domestic violence, adultery, bigamy, breach of promise to marry, and the custody of children... murder and rape. Featured are trials concerning the wealthy and the renowned.... The larger part of the collection, however, consists of the stories of ordinary men and women thrust into the public eye when their marriages and love affairs went wrong, or their relationships did not conform to social standards.'

is an electronic research resource invaluable not just for Gladstone scholars, but for all students of nineteenth century literature and culture, as well as for historians of the book and of reading.

New Books on Literature 19, a project devoted to the timely reviewing of recent works in the field of nineteenth-century literature

Victorian Network is a new online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.

The Journal of Victorian Culture Online

Simeon Solomon Research Archive: on the life and work of Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), the gay, Anglo-Jewish, Pre-Raphaelite/Aesthetic artist

BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History: 'provides users with a free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925'.

International Centre for Victorian Woman Writers, Canterbury Christ Church University

William Morris Gallery: refurbished and reopening

Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives
'The project will explore the medical, literary and cultural responses in the Victorian age to the perceived problems of stress and overwork, anticipating many of the preoccupations of our own era.'

Reading Like a Victorian: A way to read 19th-century novels serially and in their cultural contexts

The Northern Nineteenth-Century Network
is designed to bring together scholars engaged in nineteenth-century studies and Victorianists of all disciplines in the north of England, particularly within the Yorkshire and Humberside region, while also forging links with international partners.

The Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies

Keeping it in the Family: British and Irish Literary Generations, 1770-1930, University of Otago Library

Past Time Toolkit: A Learning Resource about Victorian Prisons

In Their Own Write is an ambitious research project which is uncovering the voice of the poor in 19th-century England and Wales, using MH 12, the collection of correspondence between central Poor Law authorities and local Poor Law Unions, dating from 1834 to 1900

Theatre & Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century: AHRC project examining theatre as an integrated part of nineteenth-century visual culture

Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies / Journal: Global Nineteenth-Century Studies: 'a geographically and disciplinarily diverse network of scholars who share an interest in the world’s connectedness between 1780 and 1914'

Romance, Revolution & Reform: online interdisciplinary research journal that works alongside the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth Century Research

‘Victorian Literary Languages’ is a research network studying the connections between the linguistic and literary histories of the four nations of Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth century

The Victorian Commons: Researching the House of Commons, 1832-1868: blog

Explore 19th c. scientific correspondence: 'Epsilon opens up new research opportunities in the history of 19th century science by bringing correspondence data and transcriptions from multiple sources into a single cross-searchable digital platform. It currently holds details of over 50,000 letters and is growing'.

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, developing research in long nineteenth century studies, based at the universities of Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria

INCSA: the International Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, a professional society bringing scholars together from all over the world through interdisciplinary, international and intertemporal nineteenth-century studies.

Queer Nineteen is a volunteer-run open access source for nineteenth-century resources on gender and sexuality.

British Music Hall Society



(Information on forthcoming conferences gratefully received)

Event 2024: A Flightless Conference with NAVSA | BAVS | AVSA | VI | DACH-V

Victorian Popular Fiction Association’s 16th Annual Hybrid Conference: ‘Places and Spaces in Victorian Popular Literature and Culture’
15-17th July, 2024, Canterbury Christ Church University

An Ambivalent Empire. Spain and Informal Imperialism in the Long 19th Century
July 16-17, 2024, Viña del Mar, Chile. Hybrid Format

British Music Hall Society Conference: Music Hall Songs and Conflict from the beginning of the Music Hall up to the end of WW1
12th-13th October 2024, Hoxton Hall, London

Compensations and Reparative Politics: A View from the Nineteenth Century
6-8 November 2024, Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities

We Are Amused’: Victorian Humour and the Digital
November 7-8 2024, Université Caen Normandie.

French vaudeville and its transformations across Europe during the long nineteenth century
6-7 November 2024, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Translation, Transposition and Travel in the Global Nineteenth Century
16-19 January 2025, Global Studies Center, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait

Fusions of Culture, Time and Space
46th Annual Conference Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
March 27-31, 2025, New Orleans, LA


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