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jvc-coverThe Journal of Victorian Culture team is pleased to present its first issue for 2017. Issue 22.1 builds on our on-going commitment to material culture. Tara Puri discusses “Indian objects” in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, among them Indian shawls, as illustrated in our cover image by Alfred Stevens, “Departing for the Promenade (Will you go out with me, Fido?)”. And you can just see Fido in the lower left-hand corner. Stephan Pigeon explores the physical process of reproducing copy from one periodical in another, or “scissors and paste” journalism, in a transatlantic context. Priyasha Mukhopadhyay examines the history of the book as object in an essay on the much talked about but little read The Soldier’s Pocketbook.

These cutting-edge articles, gathered and introduced by Lucinda Matthews-Jones and Alastair Owens, nicely complement, and even illustrate, the lively conversation about the state of Victorian studies in the Roundtable on one of our most popular and provocative articles, Peter K. Anderrson’s Free Access “How Civilized Were the Victorians?” Here you will find scholars addressing the current state of the field from a variety of perspectives, including a response by Andersson. The issue also includes our usual collection of reviews of the most important recent books in Victorian studies.

Be sure to check out our first Pop-Up anthology of past articles, The Victorian Railways — curated by Trev Broughton and introduced by Karen Baker of the National Railway Museum — during its sixth-month Free Access period.  This virtual special issue celebrates the National Railway Museum’s ‘Mystery on the Rails’ season, and Karen’s introduction suggests some of the ways in which academic research can inform a museum’s engagement with the public.

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, On Not Reading The Soldier’s Pocket-book for Field Service

Stephan Pigeon, Steal it, Change it, Print it: Transatlantic Scissors-and-Paste Journalism in the Ladies’ Treasury, 1857–1895. Post accompanying can be read here.

Tara Puri, Indian Objects, English Body: Utopian Yearnings in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South


Lucinda Matthews-Jones & Alastair Owens, Peter K. Andersson’s ‘How Civilized Were the Victorians?’: An Introduction

Oliver Betts, Sharing a Cab with Mr Pooter: A Reply to Peter K. Andersson’s ‘How Civilized Were the Victorians?’ – JVC Online post.

Jim Cheshire, Material Culture and the ‘Backstage’: A Response to Peter K. Andersson’s‘How Civilized Were the Victorians?’

Mike Huggins, Exploring the Backstage of Victorian Respectability – JVC Online post.

Susie Steinbach, Who Owns the Victorians? – JVC Online post.

Katrina Navickas, Searching for the Material in Peter K. Andersson’s ‘How Civilized Were the Victorians?’ – JVC Online post.

Sophie Franklin, Beyond the Civilizing Process: A Response to Peter K. Andersson’s ‘How Civilized Were the Victorians?’ – JVC Online post.

Peter K. Andersson, Integrating the Strands of Victorian Diversity – JVC Online post.