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2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century Studies announced

Published: 17 October 2017

Peter Lang Oxford and the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century research are delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century Studies:

WINNER

Clare Stainthorp: Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet

Constance Naden (1858-1889) sought to create an interdisciplinary philosophy founded upon ‘unity in diversity’.  By providing close readings of Naden’s poetry, essays, correspondence, and unpublished notebooks, and thus considering for the first time the full breadth of her intellectual pursuits, this book demonstrates the ambition of her secular world-scheme which attempted to synthesise science, philosophy, and poetry. Such an analysis inevitably alters our understanding of this fascinating figure’s life and works, and provides new insights into the wider intellectual culture of the late nineteenth century.

We are also pleased to announce the runner-up in the competition:

RUNNER-UP

Tai-Chun Ho: Civilian Poets and Poetry of the Crimean Conflict: The War at Home

Cast into the shadow of soldier-poets of the First World War, the civilian poets of the Crimean War have long been disparaged as ill-informed armchair patriots.  While recent scholarship, especially the work of Trudi Tate (2003), Matthew Bevis (2007) and Stefanie Markovits (2009), has delved into the impact of newspaper press upon home-front poetry and highlighted the poetic challenges facing the non-combatant poet, civilian poetic representation of war remains an unexplored territory.  My book fills this gap by unpacking the complexity of civilian poetic representation of war. It considers the intersections between poetry, politics, and the Crimean War with a particular focus on the poetic predicaments and achievements of the civilian poets.

 

We congratulate both our winner and runner-up! Both books will be published in the Writing and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century book series (www.peterlang.com/view/serial/WCLNC), edited by Isobel Armstrong and J.B. Bullen. Thank you to our distinguished editorial board (hosted by SCNR) and to all those who took part in the competition.

The 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century Studies was a joint initiative by Peter Lang Oxford and the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research (Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton). For more information on our Young Scholars Competitions, please contact Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK. E-mail: oxford@peterlang.com. Tel: +44 (0) 1865 514160.

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