In his introduction to this lecture given on March 9, 2013, scholar Charles Calhoun states, “In our own lifetime, I think one of the major events in Dickens scholarship has been the appearance of a biography by our next speaker, Lillian Nayder. And that is The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth .”
Lillian Nayder is Professor and Chair of English at Bates College, where she teaches courses on nineteenth-century British fiction. In this lecture, delivered as part of Winter Weekend 2013 programming on Dickens’s Great Expectations, she discusses the implications of domestic violence in the novel.
Nayder describes the legal position of wives in Dickens’s time and the contemporary political debates surrounding their rights, both of which Dickens had in mind when writing Great Expectations. Her analysis of the two Mrs. Gargerys reveals his fascinating and disturbing portrayal of wife beating as both an evil and a cure.
This talk was given on March 9, 2013 at Bowdoin College as part of the 2013 Winter Weekend programming. Rosemarie Bodenheimer is an English professor at Boston College and author of Knowing Dickens.
In this podcast she states, “Great Expectations is Dickens’s most profound exploration of shame and its perverse effects on the psychology of its hero.” Bodenheimer explores the character Pip’s shame in the context of Charles Dickens’s struggles with class and his own high aspirations. Dickens both criticizes and empathizes with Pip. In this thought-provoking talk, Bodenheimer discusses the “characters deceived by the stories they tell themselves about their own lives.”
Dianne Sadoff, Professor of English at Rutgers University and author of Victorian Vogue: British Novels on Screen, delivered this talk as part of the 2013 Winter Weekend programming. The talk was held on March 9, 2013 at Bowdoin College.
In this podcast she sets Great Expectations in the context of Dickens’s rise to fame and success with self-marketing. Sadoff states that Dickens “invented himself as an author [and] established himself as a cultural celebrity.” Her analysis extends to the cinematic context of Dickens’s work, looking at the voice, perspective, and visual imagining of the novel through the lens of modern film adaptations.
As part of Brunswick Downtown Association’s 2013 Longfellow Days series, Charles Calhoun, author of biography Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life, examined the friendship between Longfellow and Charles Dickens.
In this podcast he discusses the writers’ correspondence, Dickens’ visit to The United States, and Longfellow’s to London. Mr. Calhoun spoke to an audience at Bowdoin College’s Moulton Union, on February 13, 2013.
Sketch of Dickens, in 1842, and Longfellow, from c. 1850
Ann Kibbie, MHC board member and Associate Professor of English at Bowdoin College shares research from her latest project. Professor Kibbie focuses on the the medical and cultural history of transfusion before the twentieth century, from the ill-fated experiments of the late seventeenth century to the re-introduction of the practice in nineteenth-century England. The early stories of transfusion include first-person accounts of medical/surgical experiments, medical case histories, and lectures delivered to medical students; as well as works of popular literature, such as satires and tales of sensation and horror.
This talk was delivered February 11, 2013 at the University of New England’s Portland campus as part of the Global Center for the Humanities Lecture Series.
Last month, Maine Humanities Council sponsored a performance of Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” as a live soundtrack to Carl Theodore Dreyer’s silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”
This podcast features a clip from the performance, which took place on Sept. 29 at Hannaford Hall in Portland, and some comments on the work by Choral Art Society director Robert Russell.
For more information about The Choral Art Society check out Choral Arts’ website.
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