Please find the reading materials for the 1872 roundtable below, should you wish to do some homework, before the event itself!
Jules Verne, Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (1872) (trans. Around the World in Eighty Days)
Kiera Vaclavik is Professor of Children’s Literature and Childhood Culture at QMUL whose work has centred particularly on nineteenth century English and French works for young readers and their subsequent adaptations. Her publications in this area include explorations of underground descents, fashion and dress, and soundscapes. Her next project considers whole world narratives and children’s literature as world literature.
Mary Cholmondeley’s diary, Christmas 1872
Carolyn Oulton is Professor of Victorian Literature and Director of the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW) at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her biography of Mary Cholmondeley, Let the Flowers Go, was published by Pickering and Chatto in 2009. She is the project lead for https://kent-maps.online/ and her most recent monograph, Down from London: Seaside Reading in the Railway Age, will be published by Liverpool University Press in March 2022.
The Johnson Street School in Stepney, London (The Experimental School’), opened in 1872
Jonathan Godshaw Memel is Lecturer in English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020’, where he co-authored Florence Nightingale at Home (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and a Great Western Research/National Trust-funded PhD candidate at the University of Exeter (2016). He is currently at work on a monograph, provisionally titled Unlearning: The Afterlife of Victorian Education in Thomas Hardy’s Fiction. He sits on the British Association of Victorian Studies’ Executive Committee and currently serves as its Treasurer.
The Secular Chronicle 1.1 (August 1872), edited by George H. Reddalls
Clare Stainthorp is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of English at Queen Mary University of London, primarily working on a project about nineteenth-century atheist, secular, and agnostic movements and their periodicals. Her first book was a study of the life and works of Victorian poet, philosopher, and scientist Constance Naden (Peter Lang, 2019) and she has co-edited a volume of primary sources titled ‘Disbelief and New Beliefs’ with Naomi Hetherington for a Routledge Historical Resource on Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature and Culture (2020).https://www.gutenberg.org/files/103/103-h/103-h.htm