Zoomcast with Michelle Prain Brice, Jennifer Hayward, and Jessie Reeder

Zoomcast Production Details

Speakers: Michelle Prain Brice (guest), Jennifer Hayward (guest), and Jessie Reeder (guest), Ryan D. Fong (host)

Length: 35:39

Zoomcast Date: February 25, 2021

Zoomcast Series: Beyond the Literary

Full Zoomcast Transcript (Download):  PDF  |  Word

Zoomcast Overview

Ryan D. Fong speaks with Michelle Prain Brice, Jennifer Hayward, and Jessie Reeder, the three creators of Anglophone Chile. They discuss not only what it means to bring Chile, specifically, and Latin America, more generally, into their purview as Victorianists, but also talk about how print culture forms a crucial archive for understanding these places and their role in Britain’s “informal empire.” Brice, Hayward, and Reeder also share the work they have done in digitizing newspapers and periodicals for their website as well as in writing the short essays provided to help instructors place these print materials in appropriate contexts.

Beyond the Literary Series

This cluster of Zoomcasts highlights one strategy of undisciplining Victorian studies and our syllabi: looking beyond and challenging traditional conceptions of the “literary.” While reading novels, poetry, drama, and prose will undoubtedly remain important to our work, these forms can problematically limit our ability to recognize and understand the many different ways that Indigenous, occupied, and non-white communities expressed themselves aesthetically in nineteenth-century Britain and its colonies. Our conversations focus on ways that we can alter our syllabi and pedagogical approaches in widening the scope of our classrooms in this way.

Guest Biographies

Michelle Prain Brice is a Professor of Literature at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. She earned her Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile with the support of a CONICYT grant. She obtained her M.A. in Comparative Literature at the Universidad de Chile and a professional degree in Journalism at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. As a journalist, she has worked for El Mercurio newspapers in the literary and cultural sections, where she has published several interviews and articles. Among her academic publications is the book Legado Británico en Valparaíso/British Legacy in Valparaíso (Ril editores, Santiago, 2011), academic articles, and book chapters on the British presence in Chile. She was a Researcher Residence at the British Library in December 2019. With Jennifer Hayward and Jessie Reeder, she was awarded Eileen Curran Field Development Grant by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, for digitizing British-Chilean nineteenth-century periodicals and creating a digital public archive.

Jennifer Hayward, Professor of English and Global Media and Digital Studies at the College of Wooster, received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her books include Consuming Pleasures: Active Audiences and Serial Fictions as well as new editions of Maria Graham’s Journal of a Residence in Chile and Journal of a Voyage to Brazil; recent research focuses on nineteenth-century British travellers in the Americas, with emphasis on the transoceanic networks connecting Britain with Latin America. A Fulbright in Chile in 2016-17 was instrumental in launching her current collaboration with Jessie Reeder and Michelle Prain Brice, which has developed into a transoceanic exchange of the best kind.

Jessie Reeder is Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University, specializing in nineteenth-century British literature, imperialism, Latin America, and form. Her first book is The Forms of Informal Empire: Britain, Latin America, and Nineteenth-Century Literature (Johns Hopkins, 2020), and her work can also be found in Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in English Literature, Studies in Romanticism, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.

Further Reading

Aguirre, Robert D. Informal Empire: Mexico and Central America in Victorian Culture. University of Minnesota Press, 2004.

Edmundson, William. A History of the British Presence in Chile: From Bloody Mary to Charles Darwin and the Decline of British Influence. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Graham, Maria. Journal of a Residence in Chile During the Year 1822, and a Voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823. Edited by Jennifer Hayward, University of Virginia Press, 2003.

Woods, David J. Valparaiso Bound! European Pioneers on the Pacific Coast of South America. Librería y Editorial Ricaaventura E.I.R.L., 2016.

Page/Zoomcast Citation (MLA)

“Zoomcast with Michelle Prain Brice, Jennifer Hayward, and Jessie Reeder.” Hosted by Ryan D. Fong. Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom, 2021, https://undiscipliningvc.org/html/zoomcasts/brice-hayward-reeder.html.