Archive for May, 2010

Discussion will be led by Patrick Marland (English) and Penny Russell (History).

Patrick’s readings:

Dickens, Bleak House

Ledger, Ledger – Dickensian Melodrama

Penny will discuss her own ‘A Feeling for the Subject: Feminism, History and Emotion’.


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A New Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Victorian Visions: Nineteenth-century art from the John Schaeffer Collection

(20 May – 29 August 2010)

The prosperity of the Victorian era (1837–1901) transformed the British art world and a community of artists emerged who offered new visions for a new age. They created grand paintings with a new richness of colour and detail, depicting romantic images of love and death, historical events and the harsh reality of a modern world.

Victorian Visions presents 45 superb works by some of the luminaries of this era including Rossetti, Holman Hunt, Burne-Jones, Leighton, Poynter, Watts and Waterhouse. This is a rare opportunity to see such significant works in Australia including paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Open daily 10am-5pm
Wednesdays until 9pm

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6 May 2010: Letters

Readings for this session are provided by James Drown (History) and Sue Johnson (English).


Eve Taylor Bennett, ‘”The Art of Correspondence”: 1790-1820’ Empire of Letters

Letters from surveyor Kentish Kentish

Letters from Schreiner and Ellis Letter egs. form Schreiner and Ellis

Liz Stanley, ‘Shadows lying across her pages: epistolary aspects of reading ‘the eventful I’ in Olive Schreiner’s letters’ Prof. Stanley’s article

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Readings for this week are provided by Chiara OReilly (Museum Studies), who will also talk about some paintings during the session (particularly Géricault’s ‘Raft of the Medusa’ [image above]), Phoebe Poon (English) who will discuss the case of Dudley and Stephens, and Anita Calloway (Art History) who will also discuss moving panorama of the Raft of the Medusa and an article on cannibalism from the Otago Witness in 1884.


Raft of the Medusa Savigny and correard and GrimaldoGrigsby

Cannibalism in the courtroom Dudley&Stephens



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The readings for this week are Newton ‘Return to Nature’ and Shelley ‘Mazenghi’ (from Atilla Orel), and Kingsford and Maitland (from Greg Murrie).


Newton Newton Return to Nature

Shelley Shelley’Mazenghi’

Kingsford and Maitland KingsfordandMaitland

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Katrina will be comparing Jewitt’s journal and narrative captivity texts from Vancouver Island, James will be discussing Australian sources, and Vanessa will be looking at accounts from the Marquesas.


Stapylon’s murder: Stapylon’s murder

Robarts Cabri Crook: Robarts_Cabri_Crook

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