19 is a valuable educational resource for students and teachers of nineteenth-century studies alike, not least because our high-quality, peer-reviewed articles are freely available to view and print. We publish two specially-themed issues a year, focusing on the most current and topical areas of debate and research in nineteenth-century studies. For example, recent issues have explored crossovers between literature and material culture (‘Victorian Fiction and the Material Imagination’ ) and the interactions between the human and technology in the nineteenth century (‘Minds, Bodies, Machines’, ). 19 publishes work by both leading scholars in nineteenth-century studies, as well introducing the best of postgraduate writing in the field, drawn from an international community. Articles range in scope and focus and across disciplines, including English literature, history, and history of art. For example, ‘Minds, Bodies, Machines’ features contributions from art history, with Caroline Arscott’s essay on mutable bodies in the paintings of Edward Burne-Jones; English literature with Jay Clayton’s work on inherited behaviour in Wilkie Collins’s novels; history of science with Paul White’s exploration of Charles Bell and the face of physiology; historical and literary perspectives on contemporary scientific advancements in implant technology, in the forum section on Kevin Warwick’s experiments in cybernetics. There is also the opportunity for students to ‘join the debate’, by commenting on articles using our moderated comments feature, or by contributing a review essay.
Articles are supported by an exciting and abundant range of nineteenth-century visual material (much of it newly digitised), both embedded in articles and specially-curated in image galleries. Our issue ‘Verbal and Visual Interactions in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture’ (5) showcases an extensive array of paintings and ephemera gathered together in elegant galleries, enriching articles on scraps and marginalia beyond the boundaries of traditional academic print journals, whilst another issue on ‘Victorian Theatricalities’ (8) makes use of audio technologies to bring to life the voices of late Victorian actors for our readers. The journal's upgrade to web 2.0 technologies in October 2009 will allow us to continue to expand our multimedia content. [note: During the upgrade process we regret that the image galleries associated with issues 5 and 8 will not be available to view, and links to images in PDFs with associated galleries will temporarily not work; we expect to relaunch them in line with our new layout by December 2009 and apologise for any inconvenience this might cause]
Our article abstract view features a suite of reading tools that enable students to follow-up ideas and questions by linking to a wide range of online databases, archives and other resources for nineteenth-century studies. PDF versions of articles have been designed to open in new windows to allow readers to toggle back to the reading tools via each article's abstract page; each article published from issue 9 onwards will also be accessible as a html page framed by reading tools and other features. Moreover, as 19 is published twice yearly, links to other resources are constantly refreshed, newly selected and kept up-to-date. By enabling new pathways to other materials and resources, 19 aims to be an exciting and inspiring first point-of-call for inquisitive learners. We welcome details of new resources to add to our reading tools set, please contact us with any suggestions.