177 speakers, 3 days. 450 Victorianists. Yale undergraduates wondering wtf are all these weird people doing here. It’s all been quite overwhelming, so I’ll resort to a bullet point listing of things I did today:

 

  • Learned that microscopically small writing was measured in Bibles per square inch. (from a talk by Meegan Kennedy)
  • Introduced two people to Talia Schaffer (Susan E. Colon and Karen Bourrier) because they were really excited about Charlotte Yonge (one was a nice coincidence, two was spooky–I don’t know how I feel about living in, as Tamara Wagner calls it in her recent CFP, a “Yongean moment)
  • Found about forty Victorian novels with a question mark in the title via Troy Bassett’s “At the Circulating Library” database project
  • Thought about John William Waterhouse (I’ve pasted a less reproduced painting below) both as the visual arts version of The Beatles/Nsync (wow, that was really satisfying slashing them together) in terms of consumer demographics, and as an erudite occultist obsessed with the number 7 (plenary talk by Elizabeth Prettejohn)
  • Sang along during an extended magic lantern story extolling the necessity of prayer and proper railway signals (presentation, recitation, and chorus leading by Joss Marsh, lantern magic by David Francis, piano accompaniment by Phil Carli)    

    The Remorse of the Emperor Nero After the Murder of His Mother

    The Remorse of the Emperor Nero After the Murder of His Mother

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