Isobel Armstrong's *Victorian Poetry* at 30

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
NAVSA Victorian Poetry Caucus
contact email: 

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of Isobel Armstrong’s field-defining Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1993; 2nd edition 2019).  This roundtable seeks to mark the occasion by gathering a diverse range of panelists at the 2023 NAVSA conference in Bloomington, IN (Nov. 9-11) to discuss the volume’s lasting impact.  How has Armstrong’s study influenced your own work?  How has it shaped the field as a whole?  What aspects of the book have yet to receive the full recognition they deserve?  What are the gaps or oversights in the first and second editions that need to be acknowledged?


We are hoping to feature speakers at different stages of their careers, from graduate students to senior scholars; students and early-career scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.  The roundtable will consist of 6-8 speakers, each of whom will present for 7-8 minutes.  This will allow time for conversation among the panelists and the audience, as well as potentially a response from Professor Armstrong.  Please send proposals of c. 250 words, together with a brief bio (100 words), to Erik Gray ( by February 15.