About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

Hybrid faiths, occult religions, and esoteric beliefs: a review of Spirit Matters and The Occult Imagination in Britain

I was lucky enough to review two texts on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century spirituality for the British Association of Victorian Studies’ newsletter. They explore how Mesmerism, Spiritualism, occultism, and non-Christian religions such as Buddhism provided means for people from this era to reconcile old faith with the theological and philosophical challenges of modernity. I can […]

The researchers revealing the beauty of Victorian wood engraving

[This story was published on June 1 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/the-researchers-revealing-the-beauty-of-victorian-wood-engraving-1-7988381.] [Image: Bethan Stevens and George Mind. Picture credit: mine]   Two researchers from the University of Sussex have been working to bring the beauty of Victorian illustration to a wider audience. Brighton and Hove based duo Bethan […]

Review: Poison Panic, by Helen Barrell

[This story was published on March 10 in the BAVS Newsletter. Read the original article in the BAVS Newsletter 17.1 at bavs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Newsletter-March-2017-2.] Poison Panic: Arsenic Deaths in 1840s Essex, by Helen Barrell, (Great Britain: Pen & Sword True Crime, 2016), 197pp., 41 B&W illustrations, £14.99, (paperback) ISBN 147-3- 8520-72 Arsenic has connotations inextricably linked with nineteenth […]

Report: Nineteenth-Century Matters, Public Engagement Training Day

[This story was published on February 6 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/report-nineteenth-century-matters.] On January 28, Chawton House Library in Hampshire hosted the Nineteenth-Century Matters Public Engagement Training Day. The event was sponsored by the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) jointly with the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), and was […]