Sydney-based Juchau writes novels, short fiction, essays, scripts and reviews. Accolades for her latest novel include being shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize and last year winning the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. She will use the fellowship to research inherited trauma in epigenetics and the concept of the “doubled body” in pregnancy. This work will underpin a novel exploring contemporary life through the idea of the double
B.A., Scripps College (1977); Ph.D., Columbia (1993). Professor Gillooly's interests include nineteenth-century literature and culture in Britain and its colonies, gender studies, public humanities, justice studies, medical and health humanities, the history of the English novel, and literary and social theory. She is the author of Smile of Discontent: Humor, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction(University of Chicago Press, 1999), which was awarded the Perkins Prize by the International Society for the Study of Narrative (2001), and of essays, articles, and reviews in such publications as Victorian Studies, ELH, Feminist Studies, The New York Times Book Review, Victorian Literary Cultures: A Critical Companion to the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Feminist Literary Theory: A Dictionary, The Victorian Comic Spirit, The Politics of Humour, Victorian Prism: Refractions of the Crystal Palace, Feminist Nightmares/Women at Odds, Contemporary Dickens, and A Companion to British Literature (Wiley/Blackwell). She has edited the poetry of Robert Browning and Rudyard Kipling (Sterling Publishing: 2000 and 2001) and is a contributing editor of Victorian Prism: Refractions of the Crystal Palace (University of Virginia Press, 2007), with James Buzard and Joseph Childers, and Contemporary Dickens (Ohio State University Press, 2009; paperback, 2015), with Deirdre David. She has been awarded research fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, St. Deiniol’s Library (UK), and the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently a principal investigator on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Justice-in-Education (2015-2018). In 2002, she received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum. She has served on the Executive Board of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (2005-2008) and the Executive Committee of the MLA Division for the Victorian Period (2009-2014). She is on the advisory boards of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism and the Arts, Columbia University Press. Her current projects include a book about parental feeling in nineteenth-century middle-class Britain and a digital, open-access critical edition of David Copperfield.
Someone will say, "What does it matter whether or not we know the author of an article on Athenian architecture in the Edinburgh Review for April 1852? All that matters is the essay itself as a reflection of contemporary opinion." But this is not true. In the case of essays on controversial subjects, which means most Victorian essays, an intelligent interpretation often depends on knowing the author's position or his other works. An anonymous paper attacking the Thirty-nine Articles would mean one thing if it were written by T. H. Huxley and something quite different if the author were the Bishop of London. Moreover, the context in which one discusses an essay, and therefore its place in a work of scholarship, can sometimes depend on knowing the contributor and therefore the group he speaks for. Or again, a scholar working on a particular writer has a special need to learn who wrote the principal criticisms of his work; or, writing on a subject like architecture or China, to learn which Victorians were "doing" the articles he finds listed in Poole. Still further, the history of the Victorian short story, which is still to be written, must depend heavily on knowing the authors of a large number of anonymous specimens. And finally, an author index in the sense of a bibliography of writings by each contributor must be built, of course, on thousands of individual identifications. If in some respects it is not important to know that the article on Athenian architecture in the Edinburgh was written by Coventry Patmore, it is important to know that Coventry Patmore wrote an article on Athenian architecture and where it may be read.
Review essay on Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century ‘Hidden’ Lives by Juliette Atkinson and Self-Impression: Life Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature by Max Saunders, , 17:1 (2012), 108-12.
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The strength of is twofold. First, Collini offers a series of insightful reviews of those monumental labors of love that make the Victorians available to us today in all their complexity and enhance our understanding of the world in which they lived. Praise is showered on the University of Toronto's (1982-89), on Frederick Burkhardt and Sydney Smith's (volume 1, 1985), and on the McMaster University project to compile the papers of Bertrand Russell. Second, Collini offers perceptive analyses of the legacy of the Victorian "intellectual aristocracy" in the twentieth century. In his reviews of David Cannadine's life of G. M. Trevelyan (1992) and of the essays in Susan Pedersen and Peter Mandler's (1994)—and in a superb article on the thought of R. H. Tawney—he traces the sense of moral duty and ethical obligation shared by many public intellectuals in the twentieth century to the "very particular political and intellectual milieu of late Victorian and Edwardian 'social reform'" (187).
The Mind of Victorian Orthodoxy: Anglican Responses …
In this situation, what is an editor to do? Here in brief is what Shea and Whitla did: After explaining their editorial procedures, they included what is essentially an entire book as introduction; the five "chapters" of this introduction take the form of (a) an attempt to position Essays and Reviews culturally, (b) an explanation of the origins and publication of the volume, (c) a discussion of its reception, (d) 70-odd pages of introductions to each author and his essay, and, finally, (e) an essay on "the Broad Church Compromise." The second part of the edition, which occupies almost 500 pages, is devoted to heavily annotated presentations of the controversial essays themselves. A third section, "Documentation," includes a chronology, prefaces to American editions, crucial materials about the various heresy trials the authors endured, satires by Lewis Carroll and others, and so on. Four appendices include publisher's records, outlines of each essay, a finding list of letters and diary entries about Essays and Reviews, and a bibliography of responses to the volume. "But, wait," as those who advertise gadgets on late-night television add, "there's more!" The edition closes with another hundred pages (!) devoted to a list of works cited and an index each for biblical passages, persons, and subjects. (I'm exhausted just listing the contents of the volume.) But, again, there's more here than just quantity: Shea and Whitla's edition, whose sheer bulk is daunting, have filled it with fascinating, informative, essential information. The introductions and footnotes are, quite simply, a treasure trove for students of Victorian culture.
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Reading this massive scholarly tome — it's a good 2 5/8 inches (or almost 7 centimetres) thick — prompts several reflections about this particular text, the state of Victorian studies, and the relation of our scholarly enterprise to the book as both thought form and information technology. First things first: Three cheers to Victor Shea and William Whitla for producing an absolutely brilliant work of scholarship. Their exercise in intellectual archaeology permits twenty-first century scholars to read and understand a once controversial, subversive text within the cultural ecology that gave it meaning. In anthropological terms their efforts have provided a very thick description of a key event in Victorian culture. As the preface correctly explains, Essays and Reviews struck many contemporaries "as a pivotal moment. . . in fields as diverse as theology, religious and ecclesiastical history, biblical studies, education, law, science, politics, and literary criticism" (ix).