- Editors’ Note
We dedicate this issue to the memory of Linda Peterson of Yale University, a valued colleague, inspiring critic, and long-serving member of the Victorian Review advisory board. Colleague, mentor, friend—Linda generously supported many members of the editorial team and the advisory board, as she did so many members of the Victorian studies community. We will cherish her memory and her many scholarly contributions.
With this issue, we thank outgoing advisory board members for their dedicated service: Nancy Armstrong, Nicholas Daly, Joy Dixon, Janice Helland, Chris Hosgood, Bernard Lightman, Linda K. Hughes, and Peter Sinnema. We look forward to working with new advisory board members Kirstie Blair, Holly Furneaux, James Mussell, Talia Schaffer, Martin J. Wiener, and Amy Woodson-Boulton.
The editorial team has also undergone important changes. We bid farewell to Ruth Knechtel (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Constance Crompton (University of British Columbia Okanagan), who together inaugurated the role of social-media coordinator and savvily helped Victorian Review achieve a more effective online presence. Karen Bourrier (University of Calgary) will step into the role of social-media coordinator, Vanessa Warne (University of Manitoba) will shift from book reviews to forum editor, and Daniel Martin (Grant McEwan University) will become our new book review editor.
Finally, the editors wish to congratulate the winner of the 2014 Hamilton Prize for the best essay submitted to the journal by a graduate student. This year’s winner is Beth Seltzer, a doctoral student at Temple University. We are delighted to publish her prize-winning essay, “Fictions of Order in the Timetable: Railway Guides, Comic Spoofs, and Lady Audley’s Secret,” in this issue. Honourable mention goes to Karin Koehler (University of St Andrews) for her essay “‘Essentially Separated in Spite of All Uniting Factors’: Thomas Hardy and the Community of Letter Writers,” a version of which appears in this issue. Our grateful thanks to the advisory board members who generously served as judges for the 2014 Hamilton Prize: Grace Kehler, Diana Maltz, and Simon Avery.
In this issue, we are pleased to feature a special forum on Victorian communities, broadly understood. Our contributors have considered a broad collection of groups that meet that description, from the Young England movement of the early century to queer communities of the fin de siècle and from communities of health to guilds for persons with disabilities. [End Page 7]