Apologies for my lack of posts of late. I have been deep in the world of my dissertation and rarely get a chance to poke my head out into the wider world of the Victorians and Edwardians.
We are having a lovely blizzard here this evening and snow always makes me think of Dickens. Normally, that means returning to A Christmas Carol, but this year, actor / director Ralph Fiennes offers an interesting alternative.
Fiennes takes on the role of Charles Dickens and tells the story of Ellen Ternan – his mistress, or as the title of the film suggests – the invisible woman.
Dickens embraced the Victorian tradition of the paterfamilias – the head of a “morally” upright Victorian middle-class family, who openly cheated on his wife with a young, impressionable women made vulnerable by a social system that condemned her (not the married man) for her participation in non-marital sexual intercourse.
Fiennes seems to be telling the story of those consequences for Ms. Ternan. It looks promising. Something I will certainly track down once this massive project is off my plate.
I promise that this space is alive and well and I look forward to many more comments and links on Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture.
For now, it is to time return to the dissertation. There is a lot to accomplish between now and Christmas Day!
This is a fantastic lecture by Professor Richard J. Evans of Gresham College on Sexuality and Gender issues in Victorian England. This is a topic that takes of a great deal of my own time and research. I am particularly interested in how reactions to sexual discourse are replaced by acts of violence. Oh the papers I will write when my dissertation is finally done!
This is a great history lesson for anyone who is interested in the history of masculinity, the division of labour by gender in the nineteenth century in reaction to industrialization, and the rise of feminism in the mid- to late-nineteenth century.
I will warn you that the lecture is recorded on what seems to be a home video recorder. In other words, the visual quality is limited. However, I think his delivery and his visual examples make up for the lack of HD.
Hey Vicky and Eddie Lovers! I just found a copy of Charles Bryant’s 1923 silent film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome!
This is the film that, according to rumours Vito Russo heard, was performed by an entirely homosexual cast. I don’t know if that is true; however, it is still a beautiful adaptation that uses dance to convey the ideas developed by both Oscar Wilde’s words and Aubrey Beardsley’s iconic drawings for the 1894 Bodley Head book.
I found myself exploring this lovely publisher’s website this morning. In addition to books of cultural history and biography from the nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, Victorian Secrets.
Victorian Secrets also publishers critical editions of Victorian novels and stories with a full critical apparatus such as Kipling’s The Light That Failed, Braddon’s Henry Dunbar, and Besant’s All Sorts and Conditions of Men. Most of their books are available as Kindle editions and all of them are for sale on Amazon. Their history and biographical works also have a nice focus on Women’s history in the nineteenth century.
Worth a few minutes of your time and even consideration for the next class you are teaching on Vic. Lit. and Culture.
Happy Sunday Vicky and Eddie lovers!
Happy morning Vicky and Eddie fans,
Victorian Periodicals Review 46:2 (2013) has just been released and is available online via Project Muse.
Check out the following link: VPR 46:2 (2013)
Anthony Trollope, Olive Schreiner, W. T. Stead, Bram Stoker, and Winston Churchill are all begging for your attention.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Good Morning Vicky and Eddie Lovers!
I have added a few new links to the right of the site. Check out The Richard Marsh Network, Silver and Dark, and a couple other interesting web-based resources.
Today is the 100th Anniversary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison. Do you know who Emily Wilding Davison is? If not, check out this link to a great story on her life and the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain during the Edwardian age:
Emily Wilding Davison: Perpetuating the Memory by Elizabeth Crawford
This is a link to the British Library’s blog “Untold Lives” commemorating thee lives of important historical figures who do not necessarily garner the attention that they deserve.
Today is an important anniversary date. It is because of women like Wilding Davison that women have equal access to our democratic systems of voting and political action. If it were not for her sacrifice, and the sacrifices of others like her, society may look very different today. If you are grateful that we all have equal access to our political system, especially if you are British or an Anglophile – please check out this lovely blog post from Elizabeth Crawford.
Enjoy Edwardian lovers!