♥ Book Title : Wild Animal Skins in Victorian Britain
☯ Full Synopsis : "What did the 13th Earl of Derby, his twenty-two-year-old niece, Manchester’s Belle Vue Zoo, and even some ordinary laborers all have in common? All were avid collectors and exhibitors of exotic, and frequently unruly, specimens. In her study of Britain’s craze for natural history collecting, Ann C. Colley makes extensive use of archival materials to examine the challenges, preoccupations, and disordered circumstances that attended the amassing of specimens from faraway places only vaguely known to the British public. As scientific institutions sent collectors to bring back exotic animals and birds for study and classification by anatomists and zoologist, it soon became apparent that collecting skins rather than live animals or birds was a relatively more manageable endeavor. Colley looks at the collecting, exhibiting, and portraying of animal skins to show their importance as trophies of empire and representations of identity. While a zoo might display skins to promote and glorify Britain’s colonial achievements, Colley suggests that the reality of collecting was characterized more by chaos than imperial order. For example, Edward Lear’s commissioned illustrations of the Earl of Derby’s extensive collection challenge the colonial’s or collector’s commanding gaze, while the Victorian public demonstrated a yearning to connect with their own wildness by touching the skins of animals. Colley concludes with a discussion of the metaphorical uses of wild skins by Gerard Manley Hopkins and other writers, exploring the idea of skin as a locus of memory and touch where one’s past can be traced in the same way that nineteenth-century mapmakers charted a landscape. Throughout the book Colley calls upon recent theories about the nature and function of skin and touch to structure her discussion of the Victorian fascination with wild animal skins."Article| Professor Ann C Colley| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Serialization and the Novel in Mid-Victorian Magazines
☯ Full Synopsis : "Examining the Victorian serial as a text in its own right, Catherine Delafield analyzes five novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, Dinah Craik and Wilkie Collins in the context of periodical publication. Her book addresses the material conditions of production, illustrates the collective and collaborative creation of the text, and offers fresh readings of novels that appeared in Household Words, Cornhill Magazine, Good Words, All the Year Round and Cassell’s Magazine."Article| Dr Catherine Delafield| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Tea and Empire
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book brings to life for the first time the remarkable story of James Taylor, 'father of the Ceylon tea enterprise' in the nineteenth century. Publicly celebrated in Sri Lanka for his efforts in transforming the country's economy and shaping the world's drinking habits, Taylor died in disgrace and remains unknown to the present day in his native Scotland. Using a unique archive of Taylor's letters written over a 40-year period, Angela McCarthy and Tom Devine provide an unusually detailed reconstruction of a British planter's life in Asia at the high noon of empire. As well as charting the development of Ceylon's key commodities in the nineteenth century, the book examines the dark side of planting life including violence and conflict, oppression and despair. A range of other fascinating themes are evocatively examined, including graphic depictions of the Indian Mutiny, 'race' and ethnicity, environmental transformation, cross-cultural contact, and emotional ties to home."Article| Angela McCarthy, T. M. Devine| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times
☯ Full Synopsis : "Through a collection of coloured holiday photographs covering all the major and several minor resorts around England's coast, linked to selected written commentaries from Charles Dickens and many others, this book celebrates the heyday of the seaside holiday."Article| John Hannavy| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Queens of Literature of the Victorian Era
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♥ Book Title : Photography of Victorian Scotland
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is the first book to provide a full and coherent introduction to the photography of Victorian Scotland. The material has been structured and the topics organised, with appropriate illustrations, as both a readable narrative and a foundation text for"Article| Roddy Simpson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Victorian Grimoire
☯ Full Synopsis : "Dip into the magic, traditions, and beliefs of people who lived just over a century ago, and discover how you can make use of that wisdom today, when you read A Victorian Grimoire by Patricia Telesco. Like a special opportunity to rummage through your grandmother's (or great-grandmother's) attic, A Victorian Grimoire offers you a personal invitation to discover a storehouse of magical and other treasures. You'll be able to enhance virtually every aspect of your daily life as you begin to reclaim the romance, simplicity, and "know-how" of the Victorian era. During that exceptional period, people's lives were shaped by their love of the land, of home and family, and by a simple acceptance of what we now call "magic" as part of everyday life. The amount of usable information in A Victorian Grimoire is amazing. You'll get a fun, historical peek at what life was like during that era, but it is the practical material that you can use today where this book really shines: ·The meanings of birthstones ·How to make and use dolls ·The magical language of the fan ·Recipes for healing teas ·Umbrella magic ·The magical calendar and celebrations of the seasons ·Moon magic ·Lunar astrology ·Making magical gardens ·The secret language of flowers ·Weather magic ·Victorian herbal magic ·Magic for the kitchen ·Magic in each room ·Fifteen types of divination ·Love magic ·Magic with pets More and more, people are searching for ways to create peace and beauty in this increasingly chaotic world. A Victorian Grimoire shows you how to re-create the peace and beauty of a time past with simple, down-to-earth "Victorian Enchantments" that turn every mundane act into an act of magic. A Victorian Grimoire is also a captivating study of the turn of the century and a comprehensive repository of common-sense knowledge. Whether it's turning the making of beauty-care products or doing the dishes into magic or discovering how to relieve a backache, dry and store herbs, help children get over fears of the dark, or any of the hundreds of topics in this book, A Victorian Grimoire is a must."Article| Patricia Telesco| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Nunnery Tales; or Cruising under False Colours: A Tale of Love and Lust
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♥ Book Title : Records of Victorian Botanists
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Joseph Henry Maiden| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Mummy!
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♥ Book Title : George Du Maurier, the satirist of the Victorians
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| T. Martin Wood| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The first duty of women. A series of articles repr. from the Victoria magazine, 1865 to 1870
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♥ Book Title : Celebrated Englishwomen of the Victorian era
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