Central questions for this special issue will include: What distinguishes Victorian practices of ballad writing, collecting, and editing within the longer history of balladry? How, for Victorians, did the ballad tradition fit into broader histories of literature? What relationships obtained between the Victorians’ endless collecting and taxonomizing of ballads and their own compositional practices? How do ballads travel across time, media, and national borders? How might further consideration of balladry help us to theorize categories of genre and form, as well as the boundaries of a national literature and a literary-historical period?
A full CFP can be found at: http://web.uvic.ca/~vicpoet/2015/03/special-issue-of-victorian-poetry-on-the-victorian-ballad/