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‘Stone of Venice’ Reading Group 2

Information on the discussion group can be found here Vol. II. Chapter VI. The Nature of Gothic Leader: Jonathan Memel PhD Candidate, University of Exeter jogm201@exeter.ac.uk John Ruskin’s appendix to The Stones of Venice, ‘Modern Education’, provides a number of discussion points for Victorianists interested in education, training and democracy. Ruskin begins by attacking a model of education which prizes classical learning over applied, practical knowledge. He states that teaching should better prepare students for their role in the world.

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Tweeting It Up @ #bavs2012

By Jo Taylor It is the first evening at BAVS 2012 (@VictorianValues). Delegates lounge around the bar at The Edge, our venue at Sheffield University, discussing such critical matters of Victorianist interest as William Morris’s relationship to bubble-wrap, the various ‘funny Victorians’ Tumblr pages, and the benefits of ice cream provision. In a dark corner, a table is surrounded by silent academics, lit only be an eerie glow from beneath. The sparse light falls on fast-moving fingers and slightly glazed

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Andrew Hobbs and Claire Januszewski, The Local Press as Poetry Publisher, 1800-1900

The local press as poetry publisher, 1800-1900 English local newspapers probably published around two million poems during the nineteenth century – more, if we include Scottish, Irish and Welsh papers. Although poetry in periodicals is acknowledged in recent research and scholarly databases, newspaper poetry has received less attention. Studies of working-class poets acknowledge in passing that much of their writing was first published in the local press, before moving on to more prestigious (but less widely read) publication in volume

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Victorian legacies in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Strangers Child

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst, London: Picador, 2011, 576 pages, £20 paperback, ISBN: 0330483242 Till from the garden and the wild A fresh association blow, And year by year the landscape grow Familiar to the stranger’s child; Tennyson, ‘In Memoriam A.H.H.’ I’ve just finished reading Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel, The Stranger’s Child. I bought it at the beginning of June in Cardiff after running a conference there on ‘Material Religion’. Exhausted and falling asleep on the train, I put it away

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Discriminating Fossils – the crystal models belonging to the Watt family, c.1800

by Jane Insley (curator) and Valerie McCathern (volunteer; this project was Valerie’s fault, so she is co-author!) Science Museum, London. Image One: Watt workshop The Science Museum has recently opened a new permanent exhibition about the 18th century steam pioneer James Watt. This had two main aims – one, the redisplay in public view of the garret workshop James Watt set up in Heathfield, his retirement home, and the other, to make more sense of the huge steam engines in

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Studying Nineteenth Century Media: Marking the Shift from ‘Reader’ to ‘User’

Clare Horrocks, Liverpool John Moores University C.L.Horrocks@ljmu.ac.uk The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age by James Mussell, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, vii + 232 pages, illustrated, £55 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-230-23553-3 In this much-awaited volume on the impact of the digital age on our study of the nineteenth century press, James Mussell is able to demonstrate how the traditional monograph no longer serves the professional needs of the academy (xi).  Identifying a new era for research he asserts that there are

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Not-reading: the Burden of the Book

Maria Damkjær, King’s College London maria.damkjaer@kcl.ac.uk How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain, by Leah Price, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012, ix + 350 pages, illustrated, £19.95 (hardback), ISBN: 9780691114170 The dust jacket of Leah Price’s book is dominated by an image of cannibalised printed pages, cut and twisted into paper flowers. This, and the title How to Do Things with Books, might lead the reader to think that Price is writing about material books and

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