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BOOK-Fight-football-page-001SPECIAL SESSION 1

The Illustration Workshop


Alison Harvey (Archivist, Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University) and Professor Julia Thomas (School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University)

Special Collections (Arts and Social Studies Library)

Wednesday 31 August, 2.45-4

This session is limited to 16 attendees. Attendance by prior registration (e-mail: [FULLY BOOKED]

Why were illustrations everywhere in the Victorian period? How were they printed? In what ways were illustrations ‘read’? Join us in Special Collections and Archives as we try to answer some of these questions.

Cardiff has one of the best collections of Victorian illustrated books in the world. Participants will be invited to trace the development of illustration in the period with reference to some wonderful – and wacky – illustrations from the collection. We will discuss the techniques for reproducing images that were common in the period and how to identify them. Participants will even get a chance to make their own linocuts. We will also introduce delegates to two major online resources that were developed in Cardiff, the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration and The Illustration Archive, and suggest how they can be used in research projects. So, come for a peek under the book covers and discover the illustrated world of the Victorians.


Scholarly Editing Workshop


Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University) and Andrew Glazzard (Royal United Service Institute)

Special Collections (Arts and Social Studies Library)

Thursday 1 September, 2-3.15

This session is limited to 16 attendees. Attendance by prior registration (e-mail: [NEARING CAPACITY]

This session provides delegates an opportunity to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of editing Victorian texts. What are the different approaches that scholars can take in editing 19th-century literary materials? What is the difference between a ‘work’ and a ‘text’? How did production processes of Victorian texts affect the textual identity of published works, and how do editors take account of this? How do the different paratextual and textual components of a scholarly edition relate to each other? What methodological approaches and tools are available to assist today’s editors?

The workshop draws upon Anthony Mandal’s work as one of the General Editors of the 40-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson and his experience as co-organiser of the recent AHRC-funded WISE: What Is Scholarly Editing? project, which successfully delivered theoretical and practical training to over 60 PGRs and ECRs around the UK. The session will employ a mixture of plenary presentation and hands-on exercises, which will enable delegates to grapple with some thorny textual issues in order to see how all editorial decisions affect the overall concept of the literary ‘work’ itself. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to discuss their own projects, actual or potential. Attendees will also be introduced to the WISE web resource and the opportunities for community-based support and additional online training.

Biographical details: Anthony Mandal is Reader in Print and Digital Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research at Cardiff University. His research interests include 19th-century fiction, the gothic, book history and digital humanities. He is the author of Jane Austen and the Popular Novel: The Determined Author (2007), co-editor of The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe (2007, 2014), and has most recently prepared a new scholarly of Mary Brunton’s bestselling Regency novel, Self-Control (2014). Current projects include The Palgrave Guide to Gothic Publishing: The Business of Gothic Fiction, 1764–1835, and articles on 19th-century medicine and periodical gothic. Anthony is a General Editor of the New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson and Vice-President of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).


220px-SidneyEdwardPagetSPECIAL SESSION 3

Sidney Paget exhibition

Curated by Kurita Kuusisto (Cardiff University)

Special Collections (Arts and Social Studies Library)

Friday 2 September, 10.30-11.20

This session is limited to 16 attendees. Attendance by prior registration (e-mail:

This exhibition showcases the illustrative work of the artist and illustrator Sidney Paget (1860-1908), concentrating on his work for the Strand Magazine.

The exhibition shows examples of Paget’s work on Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Rodney Stone’ stories, while exploring how the changes in the publication process affected the appearance of the illustrations throughout the years. The exhibition also gives visitors a chance to look at bound volumes of the Strand Magazine housed in the Special Collections and Archives.

Biographical details: Karita Kuusisto is a PhD student at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. She has a BA in History of Art from the University of York and an MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the work of the artist and illustrator Sidney Paget and the role of the illustrator in the process of making illustrated periodicals in the late Victorian era. Her research interests include illustration, periodical press and photography in the nineteenth century.