Mar 15, 2010

The Victorians: I blab about them

The Victorians

Tasha at Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books and Meghan at Medieval Bookworm are hosting a Classics month this March, and as a part of that Tasha invited me to write a guest post about why I love the Victorian. So if you're curious about where this slight obsession of mine came from, just click over for my semi-coherent explanation. I briefly explain how my fondness for the era began, how it is (perhaps oddly enough) tied in with my interest in gender issues, glbtq rights and social justice in general, and why I see reading about the past not as an excuse to pat ourselves on the back about how good we have it now, but as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the present.

16 comments:

  1. Brava! I love your guest post. Despite all of the social problems (or maybe because of it), the Victorian era is so appealing when you read about it on the page.

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  2. WONDERFUL post, Ana! I have recently become fascinated with Victorian Literature as well, but you have voiced the beauty of this era far better than I ever could.

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  3. Great post, Ana :-) I know I am more a Regency fanatic than a Victorian one, but I know exactly what you mean about becoming steeped in an era and wanting to learn all about it.

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  4. Ooh I shall pop over there now. I was looking at the picture at the top and I can't help but wonder how women sat down in skirts like that.

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  5. Thank you so much, Aarti, Molly, Sandy and Vivienne! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it. And Vivienne, about the skirts: I KNOW! Crinolines are a complete mystery to me. Apparently they were also hugely troublesome when climbing into or out of carriages.

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  6. beautiful blog!
    I award you something in my blog,
    http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/a-shout-out-to-reach-out-kreativ-blogger-award-and-more/

    Happy Monday!

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  7. Aw, thank you so much, Jingle!

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  8. I am completely fascinated with Victorian clothing. Did you ever watch that public television series about a family living as the Victorians did? It was so interesting. There were actually a couple. Let's see. One was The Manor House (which I think was more Edwardian) http://www.pbs.org/manorhouse/theproject/making.html, and the other was The 1900 House: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/1900house/

    Maybe available online or something? Anyway. Fun and interesting. :)

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  9. Wonderful guest post, nymeth!! So much happened during that time that is relevant now...I think I'm becoming more & more interested in it. See? Your enthusiasm is contagious!

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  10. Brava, Nymeth! What a wonderful post. Makes me want to read some Victorians soon.

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  11. Daphne, I haven't watched it, but needless to say now I'm dying to! And Edwardian is fine too, as I love them almost as much as the Victorians :P I'll definitely see if I can find it - thank you!

    ds: I'm happy to hear it :D And yes, it was definitely an eventful era!

    Terri B: Do! :D

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  12. Like you, I am completely fascinated with the Victorian Era and I can fully understand your obsession:)

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  13. Great post! I'm more of Regency lover but this was interesting nonetheless. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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  14. Off to check it out -- 1959 is one of my favorite years, so I guess that makes me Victorian.

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  15. Andreea: We are of one mind :P

    Teresa: I like the Regency period too! I need to read more about it really.

    Beth: I've secretly been around for 200 years - don't tell ;)

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  16. Of course I meant 1859 not 19. Sigh.

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