Yesterday filming began for a Lewis Carroll documentary for the French/German TV channel Arte – I was interviewed as an expert and got to hang out with the Oxford Dodo at the local Natural History Museum out of hours. The documentary will be aired in the new year – watch this space for further updates!
It’s been a few months since the lovely George MacDonald’s Scotland Conference at Aberdeen University and we’ve been busy since -preparing for transforming our website into a new hub for George MacDonald scholars, with a guide to resources and log of scholars, planning a digitisation project and the publication we announced at the conference, and more (curious? have a look at our website!) – watch this space!
In the mean time, our bursary recipients Adam Walker (Bucknell), Sharin Shroeder (Taipei) and Caroline LaPlue (Aberystwyth) have written about what fascinated them most about the conference – have a look at their blog posts to find out more about the MacDonald archives, Huntly and its connections to MacDonald’s work – and more – all including beautiful photos!
And Tom? Ah, now comes the most wonderful part of this wonderful story. Tom, when he woke, for of course he woke—found himself swimming about in the stream, being about four inches, or—that I may be accurate—3.87902 inches long. In fact, the fairies had turned him into a water-baby.
I’m looking forward to giving a talk at the Heath Robinson Museum’s ‘Visualising the Water-Babies’ exhibition on the 2nd of November 2017.
With a focus on Linley Sambourne’s illustrations, but also including those of W.H. Robinson and Margaret Tarrant, I will look into the encoded messages of the tale’s illustrations, the cultural, scientific and social background they draw on, to illuminate the importance of fantasy in Kingsley’s fairy-tale and its visualizations. Thus, I will also address the question whether or not The Water-Babies is, really, a story for children.
‘Lewis Carroll and Violence’
Professor Dame Gillian Beer
7:00 pm Friday 13 October, The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT
Lewis Carroll’s worlds of the imagination are places of unexpectedly violent encounters: from the despotic Queen of Hearts terrorising Wonderland with threats of wholesale decapitation to those battling duos beyond the Looking-Glass, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn and the Red and White Knights.
The literary critic and academic, Gillian Beer – whose book, Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll, has recently been awarded the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism – is eminently placed to explore this topic in the Lewis Carroll Society’s 11th Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecture.
Tickets £10 may be booked on line: http://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/store/
The Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 by The Lewis Carroll Society to commemorate the work of the noted biographer and literary scholar, Roger Lancelyn Green, whose books include works on Lewis Carroll, J M Barrie, C S Lewis, Andrew Lang and Rudyard Kipling as well the seminal book on Children’s Literature, Tellers of Tales and many books for young readers retelling classic myths and legends.
Past Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecturers include Sir Jonathan Miller CBE, John Vernon Lord, Colin Ford CBE and Professor Morton N Cohen.
We are delighted to announce that The British Association for Victorian Studies is supporting three bursaries, and providing two delegates with travel funding, up to a maximum of £150 for our George MacDonald’s Scotland conference.
We are delighted to announce that The British Association for Victorian Studies is supporting three bursaries, and providing two delegates with travel funding, up to a maximum of £150.
Bursaries holders will given full access to all three days of the conference from the 19th to the 21st of July and will have the opportunity to visit Huntly on Friday the 21st.
Travel Grant holders will have the cost of standard travel to the conference, by bus, train or plane reimbursed on the production of receipts up to the value of £150 per grant.
Applicants can apply for either or both of these opportunities and need not be currently registered for the conference if applying for a bursary. Successful applicants will be expected to provide blog posts following the conference and will be asked to use Twitter during the conference.
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I’m very excited indeed to take over the editorship of the Lewis Carroll Review later this year. Please do bring any Alice & Lewis Carroll-related publications you’d like to see reviewed to my attention and follow @CarrollReview on Twitter where more updates will be emerging soon!
Lewis Carroll, the Victorian Stage and Psychiatry – ‘Among Mad People’, University of York, 4th May 2017
That science and comedy had currency on the Victorian stage was not just known since Gilbert and Sullivan’s Major General & Lady Psyche sang their parodic praises of Victorian scientific progress — but science, especially psychology and psychiatry, along with early performance science, influenced also the work of Lewis Carroll (a great fan of G&S) and his most famous story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
I will be presenting alongside a fabulous panel consisting of Dr Kim Bevan of the York Retreat (learn more about mad tea parties!) and Dr James Williams (and about language and insanity) at the University of York on the 4th of May (the birthday of the ‘real Alice’ – and Star Wars Day).
Do come along to what is looking to be a fantastic event (with free wine and nibbles).