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February 2019

CFP: ‘Mind, Matter(s), Spirit: Forms of Knowledge in Victorian Popular Fiction and Culture’

Victorian Popular Fiction Association’s 11th Annual Conference

‘Mind, Matter(s), Spirit: Forms of Knowledge in Victorian Popular Fiction and Culture’

8-10 July 2019, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

 

Keynote: Chris Louttit, ‘Capturing the Spirit of Bohemia: The Life of the Artist in 1860s Popular Fiction’

Keynote: Beth Palmer, ‘Sensation Fiction and the Theatre: Braddon, Boucicault and Matters of Adaptation’

Keynote: Christopher Pittard, ‘Vanishing Points: Sidney Paget, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Sherlock Holmes’

Exhibition: ‘Late-Victorian & Edwardian Paperback Fiction’, curated by John Spiers

Reading Group: Altered States of Mind and Body’, hosted by James Green and Henry Bartholomew

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Movies the Victorians Would Have Loved

It’s movie awards season. The BAFTAs are in full swing as I write this. The Oscars are just around the corner and I find myself wondering what movies would most appeal to some of the most eminent Victorian storytellers.

Charles Dickens

I can’t help feeling that Dickens would have been an avid movie-goer, so pinning his favourites down to just one was always going to be impossible. There’s your obvious favourites – The Greatest Showman (2017), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – the big, cheerful, jazz-handsy, Christmassy, feel-good films. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Dickens would also have loved the original cinematic blockbuster: Jaws (1975).

JAWS

Dickens

Christina Rossetti

The author of ‘Goblin Market’ gets an eyeful of the Goblin King in Labyrinth (1986)…and she’s not entirely upset about it.

labyrinth poster

Rossetti

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