'Scrooge's Third Visitor' from Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. Illustration by John Leech, c1843.

‘Scrooge’s Third Visitor’ from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. Illustration by John Leech, c1843.

Happy Holidays, Victorianists!

We hope you’ve enjoyed re-living BAVS 2016 through our coverage of the numerous conference reports. If you haven’t yet seen what our bursary bloggers have been up to, you can find parts one, two, and three of our reporting at the links. Before we begin a new year, and switch gears to BAVS 2017, we wanted to leave you with one final roundup.

In our last post, we shared Madeleine Emerald Thiele’s full conference report. This time around, she takes a deeper look at the conference theme, ‘Consuming (the) Victorians’, to analyse both academic life and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s consumption of Sandro Botticelli:

Reception and revival are key tenets of the images I consume as part of my research. I labour my hours upon tiny small details which are like visual conversations between artists across time. I consume the gentle bend of a foot painted in John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s, Love and the Maiden (1877, MFA, San Francisco), and I realised he too had also been a consumer: for when he admired the turn of Venus’ foot in Botticelli’s Venus and Mars (1485, National Gallery) he knew it sought a new life, and out from the tiniest detail bursts a new one. The chain is long and the details small but the meaning is often great.

For this final roundup we also have a fantastic series of vlogs (video blogs) for your holiday viewing pleasure. You may remember when Kirstin Mills interviewed international BAVS delegates for her first vlog. Now, you can watch her full video report, which includes footage from the Cardiff Castle and Arcade tours. Catch both videos below:

Beth Gaskell has also produced two fantastic vlogs for BAVS 2016, which are designed to help those new to the conference circuit. In ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Academic Conferences’, Gaskell offers useful how-to tips for navigating a major academic event. In ‘The Unexpected Conference’, she shows us why the best moments of a conference are the ones you can’t really prepare for:

Finally, Karita Kuusisto offers an insightful post on ‘how the mode of publication affected the way the author and the illustrator worked together’ in Victorian England, which expands on the workshop she offered at BAVS 2016:

The relationship between author and illustrator in the Victorian era is a complicated one – or that is the impression one gets when reading about it. Many of the author-illustrator teams seem to have arrived at a disagreement that brought an end to the collaboration. The relationships were further complicated, and perhaps intensified, by the particular publication process that the two were engaged with – by this I mean the original method of publication, be it the short story or serialized novel in a periodical, for example, with its strict deadlines and restrictions on image sizes and numbers. Sometimes the illustrator and author would work quite closely together.

As always, be sure to check the Victorianist to read more about the exciting research BAVS postgraduates are currently conducting.