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7 Editors’ Note • After the success of our forum onVictorian studies and interdisciplinarity, we decided to make the forum—a constellation of short scholarly interventions on a single topic—a hallmark of the journal.We are delighted to bring you in this issue a crosscurrent of voices discussing “Victorian things.” We approached leading scholars across a wide range of research areas— fromVictorian crafts and cooking to sex and death—and asked them to choose one material object from their field of study and explore its cultural significance .We present the results here in alphabetical order, from “Album” to “Stereograph.” This forum onVictorian things draws on research presented at the Victorian Materialities conference, which was hosted in October 2007 by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada and the North American Victorian Studies Association.The editors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada that has made the publication of these research findings possible. This issue also brings to you the first winner of the annual Hamilton Prize for the best graduate student paper: Kevin Morrison’s “‘The Mother Tongue of Our Imagination’: George Eliot, Landscape-Shaped Subjectivity, and the Possibility of Social Inclusion.” We would like to congratulate Kevin—the unanimous choice of all our judges—as well as the runners-up for the award: Richard H. Gibson (University ofVirginia) for “CanYou Forgive for Her?The Ethics of Closure in Charles Dickens’s Dombey and Son and The Battle of Life,” and Heather McAlpine (University of Ottawa) for“‘Would not open lip from lip’: Grotesque and Sacred Orality in Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market.’” Our thanks go to the advisory board members who served as our judges: Dennis Denisoff, Donald E. Hall, Christopher Keep, and Linda Peterson. We were thrilled with the superb submissions and hope that readers will spread the word about this award for next year. Rebecca Gagan Mary Elizabeth Leighton Judith Mitchell Lisa Surridge The Victorian Review Editor ia l Tea m ...


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