Kristan Tetens at The Victorian Peeper points us to an interesting online collection of Victorian Freak show posters at the British Library’s website. Noting the importance of “titillating publicity” to the success of these shows, the BL website emphasizes how the invariably “exaggerated and stylised illustrations” of the posters graphically framed and pathologized the performers’ physical difference. Continue reading
If you haven’t seen it yet, let me recommend the video that chronicles the production of John Carrera’s edition of the Merriam-Webster engravings. The Linotype was cast on a machine from the 1930s, but the binding process reminds me of so many images of Victorian binders seated as sewing frames.
The Floating Academy is jumping into the fray of year-end book recommendations. We’ve selected Victorian Studies books recently published (from 2006 onwards) that we find illuminating, intriguing, thoughtful and provocative. Please do add your own recommendations in the comments! Continue reading
Two years before his death, in 1868, Charles Dickens famously toured the United States, giving public readings of his work. Mark Twain was in the audience in New York and admitted to being “a great deal disappointed” at Dickens’s performance. He records, “what a bright, intelligent audience he had! He ought to have made them laugh, or cry, or shout, at his own good will or pleasure — but he did not. They were very much tamer than they should have been.” Continue reading
For years I’ve felt right at home in the nesting colony that is Victorian Studies. As Victorian Studies expanded in the last decade to include history along side literary criticism, I’ve snuggled in and lined my Victorian Studies nest with novels, popular science treatises, artificial limb catalogues, late-century films, and body building manuals. Although visual culture is central to Victorian Studies, it was only at the joint VSAWC and VISAWUS conference in October that I started to think about the art historians that might be nesting in the same Victorian Studies colonies.
This year’s joint Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada Continue reading
We’ve talked a lot on this blog about neo-Victorian fiction, but there are other arenas where the Victorians have gained a foothold in the popular imagination. Right now, there are a whole slew of intrepid knitters reinterpreting Victorian patterns with twenty-first century yarns, producing titles such as Victorian Lace Today. Continue reading