Monthly Roundup: November

November’s Happenings 

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Our major event for November was last week’s screening and panel discussion of Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd for the Being Human Festival. Many thanks to everyone who got involved and made the evening such a success, especially Mary Joannou who chaired the discussion, and our three panelists: Kathy Rees, Kirsty Harris, and Chris Lyon who also shared a wonderful blog about Thomas Hardy here. It was fantastic to see so many new faces in the audience alongside the familiar ones, and we are hoping to open more events to similar public engagement in the future.

In case you missed it, we have recorded the panel discussion after the film, and will be sharing a link to it here on the blog in a few days!

Coming Up

Our next event is a talk from Sarah Bull entitled ‘Rethinking Sexual Advice in the Age of Mass Print: The Sexual Knowledge Business in Victorian Britain’, on Friday 9th December at 5pm in Helmore 223. This is our last event for the semester, so we’re hoping that all our members can join us for what promises to be a fascinating talk and discussion!

Also of interest is the conference on 200 Years of the Nutcracker being held at Anglia Ruskin University this coming Saturday, 3rd December, with special guests Maria Tatar (Harvard University) and Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie Medal Winning Children’s Author). You can book your place here.

200 Years of The Nutcracker: Call for Papers

(please note: this event is not hosted by Nineteenth-Century Studies at ARU, but we are looking forward to attending it!)

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Special Guests:
Maria Tatar (Harvard University)
Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie Medal Winning Children’s Author)

In 1816 E.T.A. Hoffman published his children’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, later translated this story, inspiring Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, which has become a common part of Christmas rituals in the contemporary West. Hoffman’s work has inspired many authors of children’s fiction, including Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald. This special event will celebrate Hoffman’s story, and its two hundred year legacy, with an academic symposium followed by creative performances. The organizers of this event would like to invite proposals for academic papers of twenty-minute duration devoted to any aspect of Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Areas of engagement might include:

• Literary analysis
• Hoffman’s life and work
• Social and cultural significance
• Performance
• Reception
• Illustrations
• Translations
• Adaptations and retellings

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short biographical note of no more than 100 words, to Christopher Owen at: by September 1, 2016