Monthly Roundup: October

October’s Happenings 

We’ve had a busy start to the semester this October, with several meetings taking place, and we hope everyone who attended enjoyed them! Many thanks to this month’s speakers: Shelley Walters and Meg Gooding, who shared their work in progress at our first meeting of the year, and Rohan McWilliam, who spoke last week about Victorian nightlife in London. We also experimented with sharing a livestream of Rohan’s talk on our twitter feed. This worked well, and we’re hoping to livestream more events in the future.

October’s Work in Progress blog was on Charles Dickens and Edmund Gosse, written by Kathy Rees – if you missed it, you can read it here.

Coming Up: November & December

Our big event this semester is Far From The Madding Crowd. We are screening Thomas Vinterberg’s 2015 adaptation and discussing it afterward as part of the Being Human Festival. This event takes place on 24 November in the Mumford Theatre – more information here. Book your free ticket now!

Looking further ahead, in December we have a guest lecture from Sarah Bull on ‘Rethinking Sexual Advice in the Age of Mass Print: The Sexual Knowledge Business in Victorian Britain’, and we’re hoping to host something festive toward the end of the semester, too.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our future events! To receive news and updates about our work and events as they happen, follow us on twitter, or click the button on the right to follow the blog via email.

Next Event: Far From The Madding Crowd

Our next event takes place on 24th November between 7 and 10pm in the Mumford Theatre. We are hosting a film screening of Thomas Vinterberg’s 2015 version of Far From the Madding Crowd, followed by a panel discussion comprised of lecturers and students working on theories of adaptation. The audience will be invited to ask questions or raise topics for the panel to discuss.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival 2016, free to attend, and open to everyone.

Book your free tickets here!

Livestream: Rohan McWilliam on Victorian Nightlife

In case you missed Rohan McWilliam’s talk on ‘Victorian Nightlife and the West End of London’ today, we recorded a livestream of the event, and you can watch it at the link below. (Unfortunately our Internet connection dropped out halfway through so the recording is in two parts and missing a segment while we got it working again.) Many thanks to Rohan for such an interesting paper!

Watch/Listen again here!


Work in Progress: On Tearing Up Dickens’s David Copperfield

Kathy Rees completed her PhD on Edmund Gosse in 2015.  She is continuing with her research, pursuing her interest in allusion and intertextuality, currently in relation to the Heinemann International Library (1890-97).  Two of the books mentioned in this blog by Bjørnsterne Bjørnson were translated into English for this library. 

On Tearing up Dickens’s David Copperfield

This blog post offers some thoughts on the relationship between the work of Charles Dickens and that of Bjørnsterne Bjørnson (1832-1910), the Norwegian writer who gave his country the nucleus of its modern literature in terms of stories, dramas, novels, poems and songs.  Heralded as “Norway’s beating heart” and “Norway’s uncrowned king”, Bjørnson profoundly influenced Norway’s political direction and initiated educational change.  Bjørnson’s work attracted notice within Scandinavia from the late 1850s, gaining a more international reputation from 1870 onwards. Like Dickens, Bjørnson had a strong social conscience, and his work often challenged private and public morals.

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Next Event: Academic Web Presence Workshop

We will meet for an informal postgraduate workshop about building up an academic web presence on social media between 1-2pm on October 7th  in Helmore 223. If you would like to come to this session, please read this article in advance: Early career Victorianists and social media: impact, audience and online identities’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 17: 3 (2012), 355-62.