Month: December 2015

Recent Scholarship on Harriet and Sophia Lee’s The Canterbury Tales: Influence on the Gothic and Beyond

Portrait of Sophia Lee (1750-1824) (1797)
Engraved by William Ridley (1764-1838), after Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
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[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]chiefly to indulge the pleasure I always found in writing; yet, it must be owned, not without a latent, and (author-like) an increasing, hope that I might be fortunate enough to please the public [/pullquote] In 1797, Harriet Lee (1757-1851) published four short stories, which marked the beginning of her and her…

National Museum of Women in the Arts Exhibition: Salon Style (29 Jan. 2016-22 May 2016)

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat (after 1782)
Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842)
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From 29 January 2016 to 22 May 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will exhibit Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection. Salon Style features Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842), a remarkable woman portraitist whose work was allowed into the male-dominated Salon of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris on the order of King Louis…

Austen, Monstrosity, and Femininity in the Regency Period


As I watched the recently released trailer for the upcoming film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I couldn’t help but think that it was time for me to read Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody source-text. It’s exactly what one would expect the blending of zombies and Jane Austen to be: completely absurd and yet, somehow and undeniably…