An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction

Event Description:

How does the literature and culture of early Victorian Britain look different if viewed from below? The flourishing radical press was home to daring literary experiments that embraced themes including empire and economic inequality, helping to shape mainstream literature. What emerges is a new vision of Victorian social life, in which fierce debates and surprising exchanges spanned the class divide.

Join us for a panel discussion on Greg Vargo's An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel, a book that challenges long-held assumptions about the cultural separation between the “two nations” of rich and poor in the Victorian era.

Comments on the book will be offered by panelists, followed by hands-on letterpress printing on a platen press. Print your own postcard commemorating the release of An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction, using nineteenth-century printing technology.  Participants include:

Lauren Goodlad
Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University

Anne Humpherys
Professor, Department of English, Lehman College

MC Hyland
PhD Candidate, Department of English, NYU

Greg Vargo (author)
Assistant Professor, Department of English, NYU

Moderated by Jonathan Franklin, PhD Candidate, Department of English, NYU.

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