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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Phantom of the Opera

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Phantom of the Opera (2004). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friends @VictorianMasc and Dr Douglas Small, so … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Calamity Jane

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Calamity Jane (1953). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friends @VictorianMasc and Dr Douglas Small, so we decided … Continue reading

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Bad Book Covers – Moby Dick

It’s time for another installment of Bad Book Covers. Today we’ll look at Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851). Previous posts in this series include: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Moonstone, Dracula, East Lynne, Lady Audley’s Secret, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of … Continue reading

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BizarreVictoria Update

Hi, All! I paused for breath and realised I haven’t updated my blog in about six weeks. That’s not a great sign, is it? I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and how much it’s meant to me to … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill and Susan B. Anthony

I’m re-reading Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City (2003) for the third time and stumbled across this story about the unlikely intersection of two huge nineteenth-century celebrities. A majority of the narrative follows the construction–and ensuing success–of the 1893 Chicago … Continue reading

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Guiseppe Mezzofanti

I first found this story in the New Yorker here. The article is about hyperpolyglots, or people who speak at least eleven languages (the general definition of a polyglot is someone who speaks at least five languages). One of history’s most remarkable hyperpolyglots … Continue reading

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Rukhmabai

I found this story in Eric Berkowitz’s Sex & Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2013). All quotations are from that book. “Rukhmabai, the daughter of an educated Hindu family, had been married off to Dadaji Bhikaji (variously described in the … Continue reading

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