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Developing Research and Research-based Teaching through Collaboration with the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Building around the 2014 annual meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, this project focuses upon enhancing disciplinary and interdisciplinary work by UD graduate students. It makes use of print and other materials in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection and at the Delaware Art Museum to promote scholarship and research-focused undergraduate teaching in the area of the Victorian press.

Iain Crawford, Associate Professor of English and Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research, is a Dickens scholar who received his Ph.D. from the University of Leicester and who has written widely on Dickens and Victorian fiction. His current book project examines the working relationship between Charles Dickens and Harriet Martineau, a leading Victorian author and journalist and one of the founding figures of modern sociology but who has long been obscured from scholarly view. His forthcoming article in Nineteenth-Century Literature, “Harriet Martineau, Charles Dickens, and the Rise of the Victorian Woman of Letters,” lays the foundation for examining the ways in which this relationship played a previously under-studied role in the evolution of the nineteenth-century press and the emergence of the professional woman writer. As treasurer of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and local organizer for its 2014 annual conference, he will coordinate both the meeting and a series of workshops for graduate students participating in the project.

Margaretta S. Frederick, Chief Curator at the Delaware Art Museum, received her B.A. and Ph.D., both in Art History, from Bryn Mawr College, and has held fellowships at both the Winterthur Museum and at the Yale Center for British Art. Her publications include essays on the Pre-Raphaelites, and she is the editor of Collecting the Pre-Raphaelites: The Anglo-American Enchantment, which appeared from Scolar Press in 1997. She has also presented widely on Pre-Raphaelite art and has served as President of the William Morris Society, U.S. Mark Samuels Lasner, collector, bibliographer, and typographer, is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library. A graduate of Connecticut College, he is the author of The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley (Rivendale Press, 2008), A Bibliography of Enoch Soames (Rivendale Press, 1999), The Yellow Book: A Checklist and Index (Eighteen Nineties Society, 1998), A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley (Thomas G. Boss Fine Books, 1995), and William Allingham: A Bibliographical Study (Holmes Publishing Co., 1993); as well as co-authored books such as England in the 1880s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (University of Virginia Press, 1989) and England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (Georgetown U Press, 1990). His articles and notes have appeared in the Book Collector, Browning Institute Studies, Notes and Queries, and other journals. He has organized or co-curated exhibitions held at the University of Virginia Library; Georgetown University Library; the Houghton Library and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Bryn Mawr College Library; Virginia Commonwealth University; Drew University; and the Grolier Club.

Margaret Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. She received her B.A. from Queens College, the City University of New York; her M.A. from the University of Sussex, UK; and a second M.A., as well as her Ph.D, from Harvard University. Before joining the UD faculty in 2002, she taught at the University of Virginia and at Georgetown University. Her books include Facing the Late Victorians (2007), Gender and the London Theatre, 1880-1920 (2004), and British Women's Comic Fiction, 1890—1990: Not Drowning, But Laughing (2001); and, with Mark Samuels Lasner, The Yellow Book: A Centenary Exhibition (1994), England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (1990), and England in the 1880s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (1989); as well as Michael Field and Their World, co-edited with Cheryl A. Wilson, and Legacies of the Comfort Women of WWII (2001), co-edited with Bonnie B. C. Oh. Her current book project (forthcoming from Rivendale Press, UK) is Oscar Wilde, New Women, the Bodley Head and Beyond. In addition, she has published more than 100 essays and reviews related to 19th through 21st century literary and cultural history and has curated or co-curated nine major exhibitions on Victorian publishing history and art.