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”

Movie Night: Titanic (Shut up, it totally counts as *long* nineteenth century’)

For those of you who follow my good buddy  @bizarrevictoria, you’ll know that we like to unwind after a long semester by watching bad Victorian movies and good-naturedly ripping them to shreds for your amusement. We’ve recently roasted such cinematic classics as Dracula 2000Vanity Fair (2004), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), and The Raven (2012). Then we got word that our colleague @DrDouglasSmall had never seen Titanic. THIS SHALL NOT STAND, sayeth I, and so Douglas was duly taped to a chair and made to endure all 3hrs 15mins of melodramatic, iceberg-tastic, Celine-Dion-athon.

You can check out the results over at BizarreVictoria’s page.

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Tuesday 5 September 2017, Leeds Beckett University
The simultaneous awareness of past and present evident in historical crime fiction seems to offer a means of gaining a new perspective on the present through the past.” – John Scaggs (2005: 134)
Confirmed Keynote: Dr Heather Shore (Leeds Beckett University)
Confirmed Keynote: Frances Brody (Author)


CFP: ‘Mobilising Militant Pasts: Histories of Protest, Unrest and Insurrection in Politics and Culture’

King’s College London
31 August – 1 September 2017
Call for Papers
The extent of retrospection in culture and politics is a topic oft-commented upon and lamented. Public engagements with history and heritage are frequently lumpenly categorised as ‘nostalgia’: sanitised, selective, reassuring. Yet this obscures the sheer diversity of militant pasts in the present, and of the contexts and processes that facilitate their re-manifestation. Che Guevara’s face adorns posters and t-shirts worldwide, while Garibaldi gets dunked in tea. Historic campaigns for racial and gender equality have been regularly dramatized, including in the recent films Selma (2014) and Suffragette (2015). Internecine violence is frequently documented, and its martyrs commemorated, in the fabric of the physical environments where it occurred, as the murals of Belfast and Derry testify. Such remembering and half-remembering of histories of divided societies, of protest, unrest and insurrection, is far from inherently safe, nor easily categorised.

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CFP: Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century

Picturing the Reader: Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century
A one-day interdisciplinary conference 
Liverpool Hope University, UK,
7 September 2017
Keynote speaker: Professor Mary Hammond, University of Southampton

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CFP: Medicine and Mystery: The Dark Side of Science in Victorian Fiction

A Victorian Popular Fiction Association – NUI Galway Study Day

8th June 2017 National University of Ireland, Galway

Key-note speakers

Ms Sarah Wise, Author

Mr Alexander Black, NUI Galway – The Early Years of Anatomy in Galway

Exhibition – “Medicine and Mystery in C19th Galway”, Curated by Anna Gasperini and Paul Rooney

Conference website:

Twitter: @meds_myst19

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Movie Night: Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

During semester time, when teaching loads are heavy and time for blogging is scarce, my good buddy @BizarreVictoria and I spend our precious free time watching adaptations of 19thC novels and affectionately, good-naturedly ripping them to shreds.

In her latest post, @BizarreVictoria and I recap The Man in the Iron Mask. Check it out:


Call for Papers: BAVS 2017 – Victorians Unbound

Victorians Unbound:
Connections and Intersections   
Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
22nd – 24th August 2017

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Kate Flint, University of Southern California, Dana & David Dornsife College
Professor Mike Huggins, University of Cumbria
Professor Sir Christopher Ricks, Boston University

Opening Roundtable Speakers:
Edwina Ehrman, Victoria and Albert Museum
Dr Kate Hill, University of Lincoln
Professor Francesco Marroni, University of G. d’ Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara

Organised by:
Dr Claudia Capancioni, Bishop Grosseteste University
Dr Alice Crossley, University of Lincoln

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Scholarships: The University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg PhD studentships and scholarships (2/10/2017)

universityofwestminsterQuintin Hogg PhD studentships and scholarships
Potential PhD candidates in 19th century literature and culture might be interested in the three fully funded Quintin Hogg Trust PhD studentships and five scholarships being offered by the University of Westminster for the Fall 2017 semester.

The three studentships will be awarded across the following areas of study:

  • Creative writing based on material in the Archive
  • Performing science in the 19th century
  • Leisure, religion and mobility: Quintin Hogg and the Regent Street Polytechnic
  • Photography and/as pedagogy
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