Month: November 2014

LWL Fellowship: Deadline January 12, 2015

The New Library, ca. 1928
Photograph by Richard Caspole
Yale Center for British Art, 1999

Be sure to apply for the Yale Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship and Travel Grant this year. The application is open to anyone! Via The Lewis Walpole Library: [pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of…

Gothic Gusto Galore

First Edition Title Page of The Mysteries of Udolpho, (1794)
By Ann Radcliffe
Wikimedia Commons

If you didn’t get your fill of toil and trouble this past Halloween weekend,  ABOPublic  presents to you “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination”, a newly opened exhibit at the British Library. It is also the biggest Gothic literature exhibit in the UK.  Terror and Wonder examines  how Gothic fiction has come to intersect fashion, music, art,…

18th-Century Courtship Culture

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet (1895)
by C.E. Brock
Wikimedia Commons

Mr. Darcy’s Guide to Courtship is a relatively new book (published in 2013) written by UK historian and writer Emily Brand, from the perspective of Pride and Prejudice’s ever so popular love interest, Mr. Darcy. As Margaret Abrams points out in a humorous review of the guide, eighteenth-century dating might not have been as quaint as…

Outlander, Captivity, and Cultural Bigamy


The mid-season finale of the Starz television series Outlander introduces us to Hugh Monro, an itinerant beggar traipsing with bow and arrows through the eighteenth-century Scottish highlands. We soon learn that Hugh’s tongue has been cut out and his leg burned—scarred from his capture and torture by the “Turks” in Algeria who tried to convert…

Review: Outlander Episode 3

Review: Outlander Episode 3

Episode three of the TV adaptation of Outlander continues Claire’s foray into the eighteenth-century experience, but raises the stakes considerably as she challenges the local judicial system and priest with her modern ideas of punishment and health. Humour is conspicuously absent from episode three of this fish-out-of-water tale (where’s the montage of Claire teaching Dougal…