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rjvc-21-4-cover-1The Journal of Victorian Culture team is delighted to report the publication of our final issue for 2016.  Volume 21 has been the first overseen by our new editorial team:  Alastair Owens, Jane Hamlett (taking over from Julie-Marie Strange), Trev Broughton, Nancy Henry and Lucinda Matthews-Jones, with Zoe Alker and Christopher Donaldson taking over as editors of our Digital Forum section and Rohan McWilliam continuing to steer our Reviews section. Rohan has recently written a post for us ‘On Reviewing’ for Journal of Victorian Culture Online, which you might like to read.

Issue 21.4 builds on our longstanding commitment to histories of art, with three important essays on visual culture by Nancy Rose Marshall, Hannah Field and Ann Garascia.  Victoria Bates’s Open Access analysis of courtroom scenes of fainting or ‘syncope’ (a word new to us, and we like new words!)  offers a fascinating contribution not only to gender and legal studies but  to the history of emotions.

The issue also publishes the winning entry to our biennial Graduate Essay Prize competition:  (fanfare) Roisín Laing’s ‘Candid Lying and Precocious Storytelling in Victorian Literature and Psychology’. We congratulate Roisín on her achievement:  the field was stronger – and bigger – than ever, and we hope to publish some of our excellent runners-up in due course.

Issue 21.4 also highlights three bold recent experiments in digital pedagogy.  It has been inspiring to read about the ambitious, imaginative, and often downright quirky ways our academic colleagues have been using social media and other digital tools in their teaching of Victorian texts. Readers currently have Free Access to our Digital Forum, so catch up now with these developments. We have further plans for this section of the journal in 2017.  Meanwhile, we encourage Victorianists to think of JVC when considering how and where to publish their engagements with digital tools, methods  and resources.

We are grateful to all our contributors to 21.4, not just for their essays for the journal, but for their contributions to JVC online.


Ann Garascia, ‘The Freak Show’s ‘Missing Links’: Krao Farini and the Pleasures of Archiving Prehistory’. Article

Victoria Bates, ”Under Cross-Examination She Fainted’: Sexual Crime and Swooning in the Victorian Courtroom’. Article

Hannah Field ‘Amateur Hours: The Visual Interpretation of Tennyson’s Poetry in Two Manuscript Albums’. Article – JVC Online Post.

Roisín Laing, ‘Candid Lying and Precocious Storytelling in Victorian Literature and Psychology’. ArticleJVC Online Post.

Nancy Rose Marshall, ‘‘Startling; Nay, Almost Repulsive’: Light Effects and Nascent Sensation in John Everett Millais’s The Rescue’. Article

Digital Forum: Digital Pedagogy in and beyond the Classroom

Read Zoe Alker and Christopher Donaldson’s introduction to the issue here.

Meegan Kennedy, ‘Open Annotation and Close Reading the Victorian Text: Using with Students’. Article

Paul Fyfe and Richard Menke, ‘Data Copperfield: A Pedagogical Experiment in Distributed Collaboration’. Article

Emma Curry and Ben Winyard, ‘Our Virtual Friends: Dickens, Digital Communities, and Performative Learning’. Article

During the next couple of months we will be sharing new and old posts on digital pedagogy. Please watch this space and don’t forget that you can also join in the conversation.