Victorian Scribblers Season One

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  1. Show Notes: As promised, a quick overview of non-academic, but informative and entertaining podcast episodes about Victorians / Writers. The History Chicks (a podcast I love and highly recommend): Queen Victoria (part one here, part two here) Lewis Carroll Beatrix Potter I’m sure this isn’t an all-inclusive …
  2. In which I take on Jane Austen…and provisionally outline what actually counts as “Victorian.” Fortify yourselves, because I put on my ranting pants.  DISCLAIMER: in this episode, I state that Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1902. In fact, she died in 1901. So, the correct date …
  3. “Our words are giant when they do us an injury, and dwarves when they do us a service.” I. WILLIAM WILKIE COLLINS II. Historical Context: a. 1824 — George IV is 4 yrs in to his 10 yr reign, having succeeded his mentally unstable father, …
  4. EPISODE 2 – WILKIE’s WRITING “Our words are giant when they do us an injury, and dwarves when they do us a service.” 2 parts: PROCESS & PROSE PROCESS: –19 out of 23 novels serialized in periodicals –newspapers and/or “magazines” which ranged from the types …
  5. Scholars used to think that the 3 volume novel (or triple decker) was the most prominent form of novel publication in the Victorian era. It was certainly the most bourgeoisie, middle-class status symbol form of the book in the nineteenth century. But for most of …
  6. DISCLAIMER: the audio quality on this episode is not great. I hit a sharp learning curve and didn’t anticipate the editing problems I’d run into. In Ep 3 (Part Two), the quality is a bit better–in Episode 4 and beyond the quality is back to …
  7. 1852: we know she started acting. Now, I mentioned this briefly in the Wilkie Collins bio episode, but to the Victorian mind, actors were all loose and not respectable. A young lady who took up acting was, by society’s estimate, a RUINED young lady.But Braddon’s …
  8. Episode 4 Part One: Process and ‘Herself’ Ch. 1-2   6 August 1887, article titled “Miss Braddon at Home” in the Cardiff Times and South Wales Weekly News. Based on her archives, we also know that she kept working journals where she recorded observations, descriptions, …
  9. Episode 4 (Part Two): “Herself” chs 3-5 & discussion Shout-out to new Patron, Lyn Baines! Thank you for helping make this podcast possible! Special halloween sound effects recorded by Daniel Simion, CC license here. I did some digging about the game bezique: instructions here. Do you play? …
  10. UPDATE: Anna would like to clarify that the Braddon centenary conference, in which the Braddon Association participated, was organized by Anne-Marie Beller of Loughborough University in the UK. Hi listeners! In today’s episode, I (Courtney) chat with a friend of mine (Anna Brecke) about Braddon’s …
  11. Hi listeners, This episode was recorded live at the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference in Banff, Alberta. I was joined by Alison Hedley (@HedleyAlison), Tom Stuart (@tmatthewstuart), and Miranda Butler (@mirandactl), and we chatted about favorite Victorian writers, research projects, and more. Miranda …
  12. Episode 5 – The Scribblers who Created Christmas Charles Dickens is perhaps the most famous writer of the Victorian era, he’s also a key player in the Victorian creation of Christmas and especially Christmas stories. A Christmas Carol is obviously a mainstay of Christmas plays …
  13. So, Gaskell’s story of the prodigal son, who returns to rob the parents who believe he is dead is much closer to Dickens’s theme than he may have realised and, as Fran Baker points out “much more disturbing than any supernatural haunting.” As I said …

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