Hugh Thomson’s cover illustration for the 1894 edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—a peacock with a sweeping, stylized tail—has become iconic, even reprinted on merchandise such as T-shirts, pencil cases, and tote bags. But it is only one of the 160 drawings in the book. Critics recognize Thomson’s 1894 edition for helping to establish the cultural importance of the novel and its author, but this talk by Caroline Winter, Department of English will focus on the narratological significance of Thomson’s illustrations—that is, how the illustrations interpret and affect our reading of the novel. The presentation will also showcase other illustrated editions of Austen’s novels and a selection of illustrated works by Thomson held in UVic’s Special Collections, including Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility, Mary Russell Mitford’s Our Village, and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford.
December 2nd, 1:30 p.m.: Treasures & Tea : "A Faithful Portrait": Hugh Thomson, Pride and Prejudice, and Reading Illustrations
Location: Room A003, Lower Level, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Treasures and Tea in Special Collections and the University Archives brings together researchers, instructors, students, and members of the community to explore and share materials from the collections. The informal show-and-tell presentations are held at 1:30pm every first and third Wednesday of the month followed by discussion and refreshments.
Unravelling the Code(x): Book History Event: Social Bookmaking and Archival Practices in Dorothy Wordsworth's Notebooks
As print production exploded in Britain during the turn of the eighteenth century, manuscripts became objects of love and attention, nostalgia and desire. This talk (given by Dr. Michelle Levy, Simon Fraser University) will investigate the practices of collecting, copying, embellishing, sharing, and preserving manuscripts – all activities that proliferated throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
December 1: Unravelling the Code(x): Book History Event
Lecture: Social Bookmaking and Archival Practices in Dorothy Wordsworth’s Notebooks
Location: Room 210, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library
Time: 4-5 p.m.
This event is part of a SSHRC-supported speaker series Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book, an interdisciplinary series that explores book history scholarship and the creation, circulation, and reception of knowledge.
This year’s UVic Libraries United Way book sale raised $14,288 for the UVic United Way campaign in support of the United Way of Greater Victoria! We thoroughly trumped last year’s grand total of $11,314. A big "thank you" to everyone that donated books or made time to drop by and support last week’s sale.
In time for a holiday season of giving, UVic Libraries’ annual Food for Fines program offers relief from library fines in exchange for non-perishable food items or personal needs items which are then donated to the Mustard Seed Food Bank and the UVic Student Society’s Food Bank. Even if you don’t have library fines, we encourage on campus and off campus donations to help fill local food bank shelves. Community members who make the trip to the library can also pick up a free library card to make use of our rich resources. Your donations can be dropped off at any library branch. Check for hours here.
Dates: November 23 through to December 11
Early Music in UVic's Special Collections and Archives
Dr. Susan Lewis Hammond, School of Music
This presentation takes you on a tour of musical treasures found in UVic’s Special Collections and University Archives. As a starting point, Dr. Lewis will give an overview of online resources and digitization projects in the field of music and suggest ways that the digital medium serve a range of learning communities. On our journey, we will explore a variety of musical works and books about music. Stopping in the seventeenth century, we will look at psalm books with musical settings; these books played a key role in everyday spirituality, both in homes and churches, in England and the Americas. Music was also the subject of moral outcry and debate, and much can be learned about the role of music in society from the writings of Jeremy Collier at the end of the century. The eighteenth century shows evidence of a growing market in England for guidebooks on learning music and how to sing. Further examples look at early editions of famous works by English composers, a particularly rich part of the collections. This introductory tour will look at both the physical description of the books, and the historical background and cultural significance of their contents.
Where: Room A003, Lower Level, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library
When: November 25th, 1:30 p.m.
Treasures and Tea in Special Collections and the University Archives brings together researchers, instructors, students, and members of the community to explore and share materials from the collections. The informal show-and-tell presentations are held at 1:30 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month followed by discussion and refreshments.
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