Lincoln’s Oxfam Books and Music presents a unique opportunity to hear fresh insights into Victorian-era authorship by Lincoln scholars of English.Book Tickets
What to expect at this event
Lincoln’s Oxfam Books and Music presents a unique opportunity to hear fresh insights into Victorian-era authorship by Lincoln scholars of English – and all in the relaxed surroundings of the bookshop.
The shop will be open for browsing and purchases before and after the talks. Refreshments will be available. The academics are generously giving time to help Oxfam raise money for life-changing work, so while entry is free, a donation is requested.
Dr Amy Culley: Narratives of Old Age: Women’s Late Life Writing 1800-1850
This talk recovers narratives of late life from journals and the correspondence of 19th century women. These sources provide rich, moving, and witty reflections on women’s experiences of ageing and offer insights into 19th century society’s views of the older woman. They also invite us to reflect on the legacies of this period for contemporary conceptions of late life
Dr Owen Clayton: ‘We’re all Anglo-Saxons now’: Tennyson and the United States
This talk traces Tennyson’s troubled relationship to the US. The poet preferred Americans from the South to the ‘Yankees’ from the North and East of the USA, associating Northerners with capitalism and the literary marketplace. He was also suspicious of the United States’ imperial ambitions. However, his attitude was mixed with admiration and he came to see the US as the likely successor to a declining British Empire.
Dr Rebecca Styler: How feminist were Victorian novelists?
In the 19th century the ‘Woman Question’ came to the fore of social debate, paving the way for enormous changes to women’s legal, economic and cultural position. In what ways did our favourite Victorian novelists contribute to these debates? How far can we call writers like the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell feminist?