Welcome to a new kind of wiki:

cross-institutional, student-authored, and all about Victorian poetry and its contexts!

General Editor: Alison Chapman

Mission Statement:
You will be familiar with the most famous, and biggest, wiki of them all, Wikipedia, and might even have used it as a starting point for your academic assignments. There are, however, few student-created public resources devoted to Victorian Poetry and its contexts. This wiki is devoted to Victorian Poetry, Poetics and Contexts, authored by students across H.E. institutions across North American and England. Students design, create, and edit wiki posts in a collaborate environment, with the support and editorial help of their instructors.

Student wiki writers, the following information is for you:

What kind of wiki topic should I choose?
The wiki entries on the right side of this page give examples of kinds of entries on poets, poetics, and contexts, but they are by no means exclusive. Some of them are blank, waiting for a wiki author to adopt them; other entries have been moved over from a previous wiki assignment at UVic. Please consult with your instructor for guidance about your wiki topic. We encourage you to use the editing and comment functions of the website too.

The aim of this wiki is:
(1) To create a one-stop resource for other Victorian poetry readers and students (undergraduate and graduate) on wide number of topics related to how your course intersects with the poetry, poetics and contexts of the period
(2) To provide experience in a different kind of academic writing: not a discursive, analytical, interpretative essay, but an informative, fact-driven, explanatory, carefully sourced wiki entry that will be vetted by your instructor before posting to the wiki. Your wiki entry will be research-driven, and may be the basis of another research assignment (depending on your course guidelines), but will also be a stand-alone web publication.
(3) To give you the opportunity of self-reflection, feedback and revision of your wiki entry in a collaborative, cross-institutional setting: your instructor (or a T.A.) vets and suggests edits for the wiki before it is posted, to ensure good quality and accuracy, and you can add discussion posts, comments and revisions to wiki entries (including your own).

House rules for the wiki:
  • Please format entries according to the MLA style
  • Student signatures: please sign wiki entries with the formula: student initials/course name/institution/semester (e.g. “A.B./Engl386/UVic/Fall2012”)
  • Images should be out of copyright: for example, try Wikimedia Commons
  • Resources must be scholarly and reputable

Recommended Sources for wiki entries:


BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth Century History
The Victorian Web
Victorian Poetry Network
The Victoria Research Web
//For Better for Verse// (online poetry tutorial)
The Yellow Nineties Online

Digital Resources on Specific Poets:
The Algernon Charles Swinburne Project
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Archive
Labouring-Class Writers Project
Morris Online Edition
The Poetess Archive
Rosamund Marriott Watson
The Rossetti Archive
Victorian Women Writers Project


James Eli Adams. Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era. 4 vols. Grolier, 2004.
Sally Mitchell. Victorian Britain. An Encyclopedia. Garland, 1998.

Secondary Material in Print

Reference Books:
Abrams, Glossary of Literary Terms, any edition
Alex Prominger and T. V. F. Brogan (eds.), The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (any edition)

Academic companions, readers, essay collections and monographs such as (but not limited to):
Isobel Armstrong, Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993)
Joseph Bristow (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman and Antony H. Harrison (eds.), A Companion to Victorian Poetry (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002)
Angela Leighton (ed.), Victorian Women Poets: A Critical Reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996)
Francis O'Gorman (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Herbert Tucker (ed). A Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999)

Plus: Articles in academic journals/e-journals

The following instructors have designed course assignments around this wiki:
  • Alison Chapman (alisonc@uvic.ca): Victorian Culture and Thought [upper-level u/g (Fall 14)]; Victorian Poetry [upper-level u/g (Winter 2015, Fall 2012); Popular Victorian Poetry [graduate (Fall 2013)]
  • Caley Ehnes (cehnes@uvic.ca): Victorian Literature and Culture [upper-level u/g (Fall 12)]
  • Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi (K.Hadjiafxendi@exeter.ac.uk) Women's Writing option [upper-level u/g (Fall 12)]
  • Andrea Rehn (arehn@whittier.edu): Victorian Poetry [upper-level u/g (Fall 12)]
  • Melissa Gregory (melissagregory0@gmail.com): Victorian Poetry [upper-level u/g (Spring13)]
  • Yisrael Levin (Levin@hws.edu): Victorian Poetry [Spring 13]

If you are an instructor who would like to join our team, please contact Alison Chapman.