Monthly Archives: January 2014

Victorian Review Site Preview: Interviews

22 January 2014

At the annual VSAWC conference last year, the team at Victorian Review interviewed upcoming and established scholars about their research. We previewed four of these interviews over the holiday break, and more will soon follow on the redesigned Victorian Review website. For now, catch up on what you might have missed.

Interview with Sarah Bull

Interview with Monica Flegel

Interview with Paisley Mann

Interview with Keridiana Chez

– Caley

 

 

Victorian Review Site Preview: Interview with Keridiana Chez (VSAWC 2013)

19 January 2014

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Keridiana Chez met with us to discuss her article from the Victorian Review 37.1, the Spring 2012 issue, “You Can’t Trust Wolves No More Nor Women”: Canines, Women, and Deceptive Docility in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Ms. Chez’s article addresses the “problematic husband-wife and master-pet relations” (89) in the novel.  She examines English women and their affection for their pets, in relation to its effect on marital life. “The structural positioning of women and dogs is surprisingly similar,” she notes, “and the treatment of rabid dogs mimics the way that men were supposed to treat the women that they loved as well.” English women and their “chiens de luxe” are cast in the same light, suggesting that domesticated women, like domesticated dogs, are public and private hazards. As she asserts in the Victorian Review, idle women are spoiled, useless, and “deceptively docile household member[s]” (77). Furthermore, in Dracula the rabid pet wolf Bersicker, and other pets, are presented as being highly susceptible to rabies, and women, as keepers of these luxurious pets, are more likely than men to be bitten and infected with rabies, or worse, vampirism.

Keridiana Chez 

Keridiana Chez is a PhD candidate working on her dissertation “The Affective Uses of Dogs: Pet-Keeping in Nineteenth-Century England and America” at City University of New York Graduate Center. She is an alumnus of New York University School of Law and State University of New York at Binghamton.

– Sabrina Schoch, Constance Crompton, and Ruth Knechtel

For previous entries in this series, see our interview with Sarah Bull, Monica Flegel, and Paisley Mann.

 

Victorian Review Site Preview: An Interview with Paisley Mann (VSAWC 2013)

6 January 2014

Paisley Mann’s article “Memory as ‘Shifting Sand’: The Subversive Power of Illustration in George Du Maurier’s Peter Ibbetson” explores the unreliability of memory in Du Maurier’s novel, which follows the life of its eponymous hero Peter Ibbetson. In this autobiographical fiction, Ibbetson claims and attempts to prove that he can telepathically communicate with The Duchess of Towers, also known as his childhood friend Mimsey, through dreams. Mann’s research examines Du Maurier’s accompanying illustrations, supposedly provided by Ibbetson, through the lens of the unreliable narrator. Multiple illustrations are provided for each memory, initially at the time of first remembrance, and then again when Ibbetson and Mimsey travel through their memories together. These illustrations do not match and these irregularities, Mann claims, “suggest a connection that Peter fails to recognize” (177). Mann gives historical context for her interpretation, reminding her readers that Frances Power Cobbe insisted that the mind and, by association, memory is merely “safe for an hour from obliteration or modification, after being formed” (162). The narrative loses almost all stability, Ibbetson suffers a mental break after he is charged with murder and sentenced to death.

It was her work with DuMaurier’s Trilby that brought Ms. Mann to her current work on verbal and visual representations of Paris:

 

Paisley Mann

Paisley Mann received her Bachelor and Master of arts in English at the University of Victoria. She now attends the University of British Columbia where she is working on her Doctorate in English. Her current dissertation examines Paris and its representation in the culture and literature of the Victorian Age. Ms. Mann’s “Memory as ‘Shifting Sand’” can be found in the Victorian Review‘s Spring 2011, issue 37.1.

– Sabrina Schoch and Constance Crompton

For previous entries in this series, see our interview with Sarah Bull and Monica Flegel