The Australasian Victorian Studies Association aims to promote the activities and research of scholars in Victorian literary, historical, and cultural studies, including art history, architecture, politics, popular and
print culture, and, increasingly, considerations of 'the Victorian' beyond the chronological period, and beyond the geographical centre of British Victorian Studies.

Since its first conference in 1973, AVSA has provided a meeting place for scholars in Victorian Studies in the southern hemisphere. AVSA's membership is international, with a particular focus on Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. We also have strong links with Associations in Britain and the United States.

AVSA conferences are held regularly, hosted by members around the region. The 2015 conference on the theme of 'Victorian Memory' was held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from 3-5 February 2015.

AVSA publishes a web-based electronic journal: Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies (AJVS), which is edited by Meg Tasker. For more information about the journal, please go to its home on the National Library of Australia's Online Journal System webpage.











At the 2012 AVSA conference on ‘Victorian Vocabularies,’ held at Griffith University, each of the papers spoke to the others in diverse and profound ways. The selection of proceedings collected here and edited by Jessica Gildersleeve seeks to represent this range of approaches and to provoke further conversation about the many words, stories, and ways of describing which occurred during the Victorian period and in its legacies beyond.

The e-book format makes it easy for you to download and share with your colleagues and friends, so we can keep this conversation going. You can download Victorian Vocabularies in both Kindle and Adobe Digital files. We hope you enjoy it.

* Introduction: Key Words | Jessica Gildersleeve
Mary Fortune: A Victorian Victorian | Megan Brown
* Social Hierarchies and Class Sensibilities: A Comparative Analysis of Vocabularies of Domestic Service in Mid-Victorian England and New Zealand | Jenny Coleman
* America, the Superlative: Principle, Practice, and Nationalist Rhetoric | Deborah A. Logan
Charlotte Brontë’s Vocabularies of the Body | Annette McLaren
* Two Big Bodies in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | Ailee Cho
* (Re-)Constructing ‘Personality’: The Aesthetic Vocabulary of Subjectivation in Oscar Wilde | Yi Cheng Teng
Thomas Hardy, John Stuart Mill and Feminism in Jude the Obscure | Farzaneh Mayabadi
* ‘This You’ll Call Sentimental, Perhaps’: Animal Death and the Propriety of Mourning | Jennifer McDonell
* Loquacious Nature | Rose Lovell-Smith
* Henry James’s Vocabulary in The Ambassadors | Suzie Gibson
*Words and Pictures: The Case of Paul and Virginia | Barbara Pauk
* The Reader, the Detective, and the City | Nicholas Cowley
* Spectacles Remembered: The Retrospective Vocabularies of a Victorian Childhood | Geoffrey A. C. Ginn
A Consideration of the Word ‘Sensation’ in the 1850s: From Wilkie Collins’ Basil to The Woman in White | Tomoko Hashino