Monthly Roundup: December

December’s Happenings 

Sarah Bull’s talk

Thank you very much to Sarah Bull, who delivered an extremely interesting talk on the business of printing sexual advice in the 19th century. Sarah explored the function of sexual advice articles as entertainment, as seen in the pornography of Holwell Street, in addition to its role as an advertisement for both respectable medical practitioners and unqualified quacks, before revealing how the rise of mass print opened up such publications to poorer communities. Sarah also offered a fascinating insight into the plagiaristic nature of these texts, with the latest sexual advice publications, often made of materials from decades, or even centuries, earlier.

200 Years of the Nutcracker

On Saturday 3 December Anglia Ruskin University hosted a one-day conference celebrating 200 Years of The Nutcracker. Nineteenth-Century Studies at ARU weren’t involved with the conference, but some of us attended and enjoyed the event enormously. Hoffmann’s original story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was first published in 1816, and it was really interesting to engage with the text, particularly for those of us interested in adaptation theory. Many thanks to the conference organisers, Amy Crawford and Christopher Owen!

Coming Up

That’s it from us for this semester, but check back in January for more details of our exciting calendar of events for next semester! We are going to be hosting a special symposium, a one-day conference on George Eliot, a second postgraduate conference, as well as setting up a reading group and more. All information will be shared here next month.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2017!

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