The Victorian Studies Program concentrates upon Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), extending its attention in certain fields back into the last decades of the eighteenth century, up to the outbreak of World War I, and out into America and Continental Europe. Courses within the program are chosen from a range of offerings in the following departments or programs: Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, English, Fine Arts, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, and Art History. Victorian Studies offers a minor to graduate students in any discipline, although the majority of our students typically come from English and History. To enter the Victorian Studies Program, students must first be accepted for admission to a departmental graduate program; once admitted, they may pursue the interdisciplinary degree requirements for the VS minor.
Students in the VS Program benefit from the superb libraries available on the Indiana campus. The Lilly Library possesses an unparalleled collection of nineteenth-century manuscripts, rare books, and print culture. Students have the opportunity to work with wide range of unknown and underexplored materials, including extensive collections of ephemera, chapbooks, children’s books, sheet music, city guides, games, and first editions of novels by Dickens, Thackeray, and Gissing, as well as correspondence by Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and others. Students also draw on the astonishing collection of Victorian periodicals available in the stacks of the Wells Library: Blackwoods, Household Words, Eliza Cook’s Journal, the Illustrated London News, The Gentleman’s Magazine, Fraser’s, Punch, and many others.
Students in Victorian Studies train to become superb teachers, scholars, and — because of the presence of the journal Victorian Studies, which hires two new graduate student editors each year — editors. The Victorian Studies Program offers an annual full-year dissertation fellowship — the Patrick Brantlinger Fellowship — for a student working in the field. Victorian Studies invites faculty speakers to campus regularly, and organizes occasional special symposia and events.
Our Victorianists have found tenure-track positions at Yale University, Duke University, the University of Toronto, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Berea College, Guelph University, Western Michigan University, Wright State University, Vassar College, New York University, the University of Connecticut, Michigan State University, Franklin and Marshall University, the University of Notre Dame, Webster University, Virginia Tech, Brigham Young University, and the University of Manitoba, among many other schools.