Madeline at RSVP 2021

2021 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference

September 7-12, 2021
Temple University, Pennsylvania

Madeline will be participating in a Q&A regarding her paper, “Detection Drawn: Taxonomizing Illustrated Periodical Detective Stories,” as part of the 2021 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference, which will be held virtually and hosted by Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. This paper describes a taxonomy for illustrations of late-Victorian periodical detective stories published in The Strand Magazine, The Ludgate Monthly, and The Harmsworth Magazine. A video recording of Madeline’s presentation, as well as related files, are hosted here.

Summer 2021 Conference Presentations

2021 Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference

May 21-22, 2021
Auburn University, Alabama

Madeline will present her paper, “Thinking Periodically: Victorian Serialized Fiction and the Accessible Digital ‘Edition’,” at the 2021 Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference, which will be held virtually and hosted by Auburn University, Alabama. With an emphasis on access and accessibility, this paper explores ways in which Victorian serialized novels can be presented through digital projects that place them within their periodical contexts. One such project is Madeline’s The (De)collected War of the Worlds.


2021 Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference

July 14-16, 2021
University of Greenwich, London

Madeline will present her paper, “Imageless Imagetext: Illustration Excluded from Collected Late-Victorian Periodical Fiction,” at the 2021 Victorian Popular Fiction Association Conference, which will be held virtually and hosted by the University of Greenwich, London. This paper explores visual absences in several popular works of late-Victorian periodical fiction from which illustrations have been excluded, including works by H. G. Wells, R. L. Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Morrison, C. L. Pirkis, and L. T. Meade.

Drawn to Reconcile

Drawn to Reconcile: The Queer Reparative Journey of ElfQuest” appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society. In this article. Madeline and her co-author propose that the independent comics series ElfQuest can be read as an attempt to make sense of the seeming contradictions between theories of queerness and between the identities claimed by individuals.

Material Romance

Material Romance: Kidnapped In and Out of Young Folks Paper” appears in the Summer 2020 issue of the Victorian Periodicals Review. In this article, Madeline proposes that the serial publication of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped (1886) in Young Folks Paper presents a vision of Highland and Hebrides Scotland that is similar to colonial locales featured in imperial romantic adventure narratives.

The University of Scranton

Madeline has joined the University of Scranton’s English and Theatre Department as Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature. She will be teaching courses on Romantic and Victorian literature and culture as well as literature and English studies more broadly. Her courses for the University of Scranton are listed on this site’s teaching page as well as in her faculty profile on the university’s site.

Reviews in Digital Humanities

Dr. Amanda Visconti has published a review of Madeline’s digital project, The (De)collected War of the Worlds, in Reviews in Digital Humanities #1.3. The project itself is hosted at decollected.net.

Madeline at MLA 2020 (Two Panels)

2020 Modern Language Association Convention

Washington State Convention Center
and Sheraton Grand Seattle (Seattle, WA)
January 9-12, 2020

Madeline will present two papers at the 2020 Modern Language Association Convention. The first, “Comics ARchitected: Translation Augmentation with Structural Integrity,” is part of the “Comics and the Digital Humanities” roundtable. Through her digital humanities project called “Comics ARchitected,” this paper demonstrates that when augmenting comics, it is vital to consider their structural integrity and avoid disrupting the fragile architecture of the comics page.

Her second paper, “Making Victorian Serialized Fiction Accessible through the Digital ‘Edition’,” is part of the “Serial Compositions” session. With an emphasis on access and accessibility, this paper explores ways in which Victorian serialized novels can be presented through digital projects that place them within their periodical contexts. One such project is Madeline’s The (De)collected War of the Worlds.

Madeline at NAVSA 2019

2019 North American Victorian Studies Association Conference

Hilton Downtown Columbus (Columbus, OH)
October 17-19, 2019

Madeline will present her paper “The (De)collected War of the Worlds: Victorian Serialized Fiction and the Digital ‘Edition'” at the 2019 North American Victorian Studies Conference. This paper explores ways in which the material and cultural contexts of Victorian serialized novels might be made more visible and accessible through digital projects that place them within their periodical presentations. One such project is Madeline’s annotated web presentation of The War of the Worlds as it was serialized in Pearson’s MagazineThe (De)collected War of the Worlds.

Art and Science in Word and Image (2019)

“Wars of the Worlds: H.G. Wells’s Ekphrastic Style in Word and Image” appears in the newly-released collection Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery (Brill, 2019). This collection brings together papers presented at the 2014 International Association of Word and Image Studies conference (Dundee, Scotland). Madeline’s chapter examines early illustrations of The War of the Worlds from its initial serialization in Pearson’s Magazine (1897) through the Second World War. Her analysis of illustrations and book covers highlights the difficulties presented for illustrators by texts that are deliberately written to be undepictable. It also addresses the ways in which various technologies and international conflicts influence visual interpretations of the novel.

Madeline at MLA 2019

2019 Modern Language Association Convention

Hyatt Regency Chicago (Chicago, IL)
January 3-6, 2019

Madeline will present her paper “Reclaiming the ‘Absent Context’ of Late-Victorian Serialized Fiction” at the TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography Forum at the 2019 Modern Language Association Convention. This paper examines key works of late-Victorian serialized fiction that are widely read today in collected and revised formats, focusing on H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds as illustrated by Warwick Goble for Pearson’s Magazine. An analysis of serialized versions alongside collected editions demonstrates the necessity of engaging the various versions of such works in scholarship and pedagogy.