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Victorians and their Dragons

It’s St. George’s Day! And, to celebrate, I thought I’d bring you another post in the style of ‘Victorians and their Dogs’ and ‘Victorians and their Cats’, only this time we’ll be celebrating ‘Victorians and their Dragons’. Please remember: a dragon is for life, not just for St. George’s Day.

Co-written with @DrDouglasSmall – funny man, academic, and researcher of Victorian drugs.  Continue reading “Victorians and their Dragons”

Victorians at New Year

After an immensely busy semester with very few posts, I thought I’d ring in the new year by recycling last year’s rummage through the January letters and diaries of eminent Victorian (and ever-so-slightly pre-Victorian) writers to see how the great and the good of the period spent their New Years. Continue reading “Victorians at New Year”

Go home, Robert Browning. You’re drunk.

A brief post today, but I wanted to take a moment for us all to appreciate this wonder of late-nineteenth-century technology and eccentricity.

Picture the scene, if you will: it’s a warm spring evening in 1889. Continue reading “Go home, Robert Browning. You’re drunk.”

Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: “Dracula 2000”

@BizarreVictoria and I watched the dreadful Gerard Butler vampire flick ‘Dracula 2000’. There was booze, and swearing and here is our (spoiler-filled) commentary for your Friday amusement:

BizarreVictoria

As many of you have probably picked up from my Ivanhoe Bad Book Covers post, or seeing me dick around on Twitter, I collaborate a lot with my good friend @VictorianMasculinity (not her real name, but how baller would that be?)

We also have a penchant for watching terrible Victorian-themed films and taking the ever-loving piss out of them, much in the vein of Mystery Science Theater 3000. We realized about a year into our regular movie sessions that these would make amazing blog posts (or self-indulgent, unfunny crap, but hey, let’s give it a go).

Last Friday we had the profound misfortune of watching Dracula 2000 which had SO MANY GOOD ACTORS IN IT that I’m not sure how they fucked it up.

Oh, wait, yes I do: the plot, the script, the directing, the special effects, all the rest of the bargain basement cast, and…

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Registration now OPEN: ‘Anxious Forms 2016 Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century’, 28th October, University of Glasgow

We are delighted to announce that  general registration for ‘Anxious Forms 2016: Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century’ is now open until 3rd October. You can find out more information about the event, our speakers, Glasgow etc. at our websiteContinue reading “Registration now OPEN: ‘Anxious Forms 2016 Masculinities in Crisis in the Long Nineteenth Century’, 28th October, University of Glasgow”

Victorians and their Dogs

After the amazing response to “Victorians and their Cats”
it seemed only fair that the dogs get a look-in too. So here’s my favourite collection of Victorian canines:

1.

Barber Steps
Charles Burton Barber

Elizabeth Bennett decided that, actually, she’d rather found her own internet startup than get married. Mr Darcy is running at full tilt across the lawn and she’s giving him a ten second head start before setting the dogs on him. Continue reading “Victorians and their Dogs”

“Did Victorian Cats Eat Kibble?”

After my previous post on ‘Victorians and their Cats’ I’ve been lucky enough to receive lots of lovely comments from you wonderful people, including one intriguing post by Karl Drobnic asking: “Did Victorians feed their cats kibble? What served for cat-food then?” Well, thinks I, I don’t actually know the answer to this question and as an academic specializing in the nineteenth century THIS MUST NOT STAND! Continue reading ““Did Victorian Cats Eat Kibble?””

Harry Ransom Centre Fellowships

My latest brief hiatus in posts has been due to my undertaking a research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas, Austin.

I wanted to take a moment to wax lyrical about what a wonderful research experience it was. The collections are, without doubt, some of the finest in the world and the staff are amazing – friendly and super knowledgeable about the collections. (And that’s not to mention the glorious 105 degree Texan sunshine which was an added bonus to the trip!) Continue reading “Harry Ransom Centre Fellowships”

Victorians and Their Cats

Recently I’ve been reading about the life and work of Charles Burton Barber (1845-1894), artist and member of the Royal Academy who specialised in paintings of family pets. Barber even painted several  commissions for Queen Victoria. Naturally, though, this research led to a parallel trawl through some of the most amusing images of Victorians and their cats: Continue reading “Victorians and Their Cats”

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