The Invisible Woman

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!

Happy snow!


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