Alessia Dickson's blog

Blog Post # 12 - ENG 910

I really enjoyed our final class today and seeing the culmination of my classmate's hard work and their evolving ideas for the final Capstone Project. I found it very interesting to hear how each individual put their own unique spin on their chosen text. In particular, I really enjoyed the presentations on Goblin Market and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. In both groups, there was a diverse array of synchronic and diachronic analysis' of their chosen work.

Blog Post # 10 - ENG 910

I found this week's class very interesting on The Annancy Stories and Pamela Colman Smith as a probable mixed-race, female illustrator and storyteller. Now more than ever, it is important to decolonize Victorian studies that are conventionally white-eurocentric based and study texts that were also created during the Victoria 'era' albeit, outside of England. I enjoyed Professor Kooistra's mini-presentation on Pamela Colman Smith and her contribution to the Celtic Revival in Ireland and her work in illustrating folk tales.

Blog Post # 7- ENG 910

I really enjoyed our discussion on Oscar Wilde's Salome: Tragedy in One Act. While the book was censored in 1892 due to Aubrey Beardsley's nude illustrations, I found it quite surprising that the book was uncensored in 1907 to a conservative twentieth-century audience. Beardsley's illustrations were unlike any of the artwork we have studied thus far in term and that made it especially interesting, One, it was quite interesting to learn that Wilde himself did not like many of Beardsley's illustrations.

Blog Post # 6 - ENG 910

I really enjoyed listening to today's presentations on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and examining the correlation between text and image. It is very obvious to me that every single image that was discussed in class today represents fin-de-siècle ideologies of the late nineteenth century such as issues surrounding imperialism, race, gender, and classism.

Blog Post # 5 - Alessia Dickson

I really enjoyed looking at all the different renditions of Christina Rosetti's Goblin Market. I found it really interesting how meaning can be manipulated and the audience reconfigured through illustrations. I found it useful to curate a specific image from an early 20th-century edition as it is good practice for our upcoming Cove assignment. I really enjoyed this week's week, The Modern Market for Goblin Market. It was fascinating to me how the meaning of the poem changed over time while the actual text of the poem did not.

Blog Post # 4 - Alessia Dickson

I really enjoyed reading Alfred Tennyson's, Lady of Shalott this week. I have studied it in the past and it continues to be one of my favourite texts from the Victorian era. I was surprised to learn that the actual poem was published twenty-five years before it was actually illustrated by the numerous artists. I do believe that it impacted the overall reception of the poem as by the time it was illustrated, there was a growing middle class in England and an increased demand for domesticated artwork through books.

Blog Post # 3 - Alessia Dickson

I really enjoyed reading Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol this week. It was so interesting to compare my prior knowledge of the story from movies and videos to the actual 1943 text. I noticed that many of the movies and video retellings of the story omits some of the content in the Staves such as the ball that Scrooge goes to when he is a young man during his journey through Christmas Past. I enjoyed reading the text and diving deeper into the characterization of Scrooge while also gaining a Victorian insight into Christmas time in 1843.

Week Two Blog Post

This week my group was tasked with creating a general summary for House of Joy by Laurence Houseman. Truthfully, this task was a struggle for me at first as I am still not fully comfortable with using Cove or locating where resources are in the D2L page. However, once I began working on the task, I actually found the book and its illustrations very intriguing. I was surprised to learn that the House of Joy was a book of adult fairytales as at the time, fairytales were considered taboo for young children.

Blog Post # 1 - ENG 910

It was great to meet my fellow seminar peers this morning during our first class. I am excited to study the content of this course and utilize Dr. Kooistra's extensive knowledge of the Victorian era. I have a bit of background knowledge of the period's texts and history from my 19th-century literature class, which inspired me to choose this seminar. I was surprised to learn that Victorian picture books were actually intended for an adult audience instead of a child audience. I just took Children's Literature with Naomi Hamer and I'm excited to examine picture books from a different lens.

Subscribe to RSS - Alessia Dickson's blog