Victorian Scribblers

Victorian Scribblers

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Two Ph.D. Candidates get chatty about the lives and work of lesser-known Victorian writers.
9 – Tom and Theodosia (Garrow) Trollope
May 25 • 47 min
Episode 9 – Thomas Adolphus Trollope and Theodosia Garrow Trollope In episodes 7 and 8 we covered Frances Milton Trollope’s life and work. Today we’re turning to her son and first daughter-in-law. Thomas Adolphus Trollope begins his memoir (which he…
8 – Frances Milton Trollope’s Fiction (Part Two)
May 4 • 68 min
In Part Two of episode 8, we finish reading Frances Milton Trollope’s “The Butt,” which you can read in full for free at this link.
8 – Frances Milton Trollope’s Fiction (Part One) REVISED
Apr 27 • 85 min
In this episode, we reconstruct Fanny’s writing process (to the best of our ability) and read some of her short fiction. This episode was revised; the original version I (Courtney) released was an earlier file. Corrections: Thomas Anthony did publish…
7.5 – Rectors, Vicars, and Curates
Mar 30 • 23 min
Episode 7.5 – Rectors, Vicars, and Curates (or, what’s up with all this religious terminology?) Some important dates: 1454 or 5 – Johannes Gutenberg printed the Gutenberg Bibles putting religion and literacy into the hands of the public!…
7 – Frances Milton Trollope (Part Three)
Mar 14 • 33 min
… [Continued from Part Two] During this time, Fanny falls ill and, though she eventually recovers, her eyesight is significantly weakened. But Fanny has begun writing what is to be the first of many books: Domestic Manners. Her experiences also influence…
7 – Frances Milton Trollope (Part Two)
Mar 9 • 64 min
In Part One, we left our intrepid adventurer aboard a ship and on the way to Frances Wright’s Nashoba Commune in Tennessee to try to improve her life. Let’s find out more about her voyage! Before we do, though, I need to make a few of corrections. Last…
7 – Frances Milton Trollope (Part One)
Feb 23 • 43 min
Welcome to the first full episode of season two: Episode 7 – Frances Milton Trollope Best known now as the mother of successful Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, Frances, or Fanny as she was more usually called, was a literary force in her own right.…
6 – Season Two Intro: Fannies and Trollopes
Jan 26 • 28 min
Happy New Year, listeners! Last March, I took the plunge and launched Victorian Scribblers. My first year podcasting had its ups and downs, of course. Ask almost any podcaster and they’ll tell you there’s a steep learning curve if you want to get involved…
5 – The Scribblers Who Created Christmas (Part Two)
Dec 29, 2017 • 63 min
So, Gaskell’s story of the prodigal son, who returns to rob the parents who believe he is dead is much closer to Dickens’s theme than he may have realised and, as Fran Baker points out “much more disturbing than any supernatural haunting.” As I said…
5 – The Scribblers Who Created Christmas (Part One)
Dec 25, 2017 • 78 min
Episode 5 – The Scribblers who Created Christmas Charles Dickens is perhaps the most famous writer of the Victorian era, he’s also a key player in the Victorian creation of Christmas and especially Christmas stories. A Christmas Carol is obviously a…
BONUS EPISODE: Live from NAVSA 2017
Nov 24, 2017 • 20 min
Hi listeners, This episode was recorded live at the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference in Banff, Alberta. I was joined by Alison Hedley (@HedleyAlison), Tom Stuart (@tmatthewstuart), and Miranda Butler (@mirandactl), and we…
4.5 – Braddon’s Legacy
Nov 24, 2017 • 27 min
UPDATE: Anna would like to clarify that the Braddon centenary conference, in which the Braddon Association participated, was organized by Anne-Marie Beller of Loughborough University in the UK. Hi listeners! In today’s episode, I (Courtney) chat with a…
4 – Braddon’s Writing (Part Two)
Oct 31, 2017 • 59 min
Episode 4 (Part Two): “Herself” chs 3-5 & discussion Shout-out to new Patron, Lyn Baines! Thank you for helping make this podcast possible! Special halloween sound effects recorded by Daniel Simion, CC license here. I did some digging about the game…
4 – Braddon’s Writing (Part One)
Oct 27, 2017 • 50 min
Episode 4 Part One: Process and ‘Herself’ Ch. 1-2 6 August 1887, article titled “Miss Braddon at Home” in the Cardiff Times and South Wales Weekly News. Based on her archives, we also know that she kept working journals where she recorded observations,…
3 – Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Part Two)
Oct 18, 2017 • 71 min
1852: we know she started acting. Now, I mentioned this briefly in the Wilkie Collins bio episode, but to the Victorian mind, actors were all loose and not respectable. A young lady who took up acting was, by society’s estimate, a RUINED young lady.But…
3 – Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Part One)
Oct 18, 2017 • 71 min
DISCLAIMER: the audio quality on this episode is not great. I hit a sharp learning curve and didn’t anticipate the editing problems I’d run into. In Ep 3 (Part Two), the quality is a bit better–in Episode 4 and beyond the quality is back to normal.…
2.5 – Newspaper Novels
Oct 18, 2017 • 18 min
Scholars used to think that the 3 volume novel (or triple decker) was the most prominent form of novel publication in the Victorian era. It was certainly the most bourgeoisie, middle-class status symbol form of the book in the nineteenth century. But for…
2 – Wilkie’s Writing
Oct 18, 2017 • 67 min
EPISODE 2 – WILKIE’s WRITING “Our words are giant when they do us an injury, and dwarves when they do us a service.” 2 parts: PROCESS & PROSE PROCESS: –19 out of 23 novels serialized in periodicals –newspapers and/or “magazines” which ranged from the…
1 – Wilkie Collins
Oct 17, 2017 • 59 min
“Our words are giant when they do us an injury, and dwarves when they do us a service.” I. WILLIAM WILKIE COLLINS II. Historical Context: a. 1824 — George IV is 4 yrs in to his 10 yr reign, having succeeded his mentally unstable father, George III, in…
0.5 – Not Jane Austen
Oct 17, 2017 • 9 min
In which I take on Jane Austen…and provisionally outline what actually counts as “Victorian.” Fortify yourselves, because I put on my ranting pants. DISCLAIMER: in this episode, I state that Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1902. In fact, she died in…
0 – Intro
Oct 17, 2017 • 4 min
Show Notes: As promised, a quick overview of non-academic, but informative and entertaining podcast episodes about Victorians / Writers. The History Chicks (a podcast I love and highly recommend): Queen Victoria (part one here, part two here) Lewis…