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About C19

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies. The seventh biennial conference of C19 will take place in Pasadena, CA in Spring 2024.


The society publishes a journal, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, published twice annually by the Johns Hopkins University Press. J19 provides a forum for disseminating, debating, and implementing methodologies for the intra- and inter-disciplinary study of the long American nineteenth century (1789–1914). The C19 listserv serves as a forum for announcements and business related to the organization.

Our C19 Circuit events, short regional events and workshops — in the spirit of the nineteenth-century lyceum circuit — are focused on bringing together students, teachers, and scholars to discuss topics related to nineteenth-century America. C19 Cluster Groups further enable those with special interests to develop institutional and intellectual connections.




Image: Teacher qualification record of Boston Public School teacher Florida Ruffin Ridleywho went on to found the Society for the Collection of Negro Folklore in 1890

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