Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ashmolean DEADFriday Talk: Death in Victorian Children’s Literaure

EDIT: The Lecture is now available online – click here!

As it’s (almost!) Halloween Ashmolean LIVEFriday turns into DEADFriday this week – with all sorts of Halloween themed shenanigans in store. Next to wandering ghosts, face painting and a bar there will also be a series of public lectures & gallery pop up talks, organised by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities).
– I will be speaking about the, slightly unusual, topic of ‘Death and Victorian Children’s Literature.

Arthur Hughes, 'At The Back of the North-Wind'

Arthur Hughes, ‘At The Back of the North-Wind’

From Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Victorian Children’s Literature was, perhaps surprisingly, filled with scenes of dying and suffering children, a reality many readers had to face in their own environment. However, searching for a sense in this, authors often gave those children fantastic dreams and visions, filled with mythological creatures which embodied ideas of death and dying, but also of nature, and for hope for rebirth eternal life. Thus stories like Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies or George MacDonald’s At the back of the North Wind give amazing insights into the Victorian search for the meaning of life, the nature of the soul and man’s place in creation.

To find out more about these fantastical Victorian journeys into the inner workings of nature and life itself – come to the Ashmolean Lecture Theatre (Level -1) at 7.45 pm! The event is ticketed. A full list of speakers and more info can be found here.

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Registration for ‘Texts and contexts: the cultural legacies of Ada Lovelace’ now open

Registration for ECR Workshop at Bodleian Libraries Ada Lovelace Symposium now open. Keynote speech by Prof Sharon Ruston, expert panel with Graphic Novelist Sydney Padua and historian Prof Richard Holmes, and paper on Ada Lovelace in Programming, Teaching, Philosophy, Literature and Lego!

TEXTS AND CONTEXTS: THE CULTURAL LEGACIES OF ADA LOVELACE

Registration is now open for the graduate workshop, as well as other exciting Lovcelace events. To register, please follow this link.

The registration costs for the graduate workshop, for both speakers and non-speakers, is £10.

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Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century Seminars in Michaelmas Term 201 5

Literature and Science, Oxford

The programme for Michaelmas Term 2015 is now announced with three seminars taking place at St Anne’s College. Drinks will be served after each seminar and all are welcome.

Wednesday 28 October 201 5 (Week 3): Dr Madeleine Wood, Queen Mary University of London
“A ‘heart hard as a nether millstone’: The relational dynamics of Victorian ‘addiction’”
5.30 – 7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Wednesday 11 November 201 5 (Week 5): Dr Claire Jones, King’s College London
“Septic Subjects: Infection and Occupational Risk in British Hospitals, 1870-1970”
5.30 – 7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Wednesday 25 November 201 5 (Week 7) Professor Karen Sayer, Leeds Trinity University
“Radical Requiems: the return of the past in British agriculture, 1850-1950”
5.30 – 7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

– More information is available on the Diseases of Modern Life events page

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