The Postmistress by Alison Stuart.

Stuart’s novel is set in Victoria, Australia and I will freely admit that this setting, had a deciding factor in selecting this novel to review. It is set in the late half of the nineteenth century where many issues were on the world stage. Gold was still firmly on everyone’s mind in Victoria, the CivilContinue reading “The Postmistress by Alison Stuart.”

Interstate Histories: Parramatta NSW

Originally posted on Instituting The Past:
While we are a Victorian History Library we do hold information on areas outside Victoria, to complement the Victorian history collection. An example is this history of Parramatta. Thanks to our volunteer Renee for the insight into Parramatta’s fascinating history. ? For this local history article, we will be…

Graphic Silence

Being deaf can be pretty raw deal for someone wanting to live a full and happy life. Describing deafness in illustrated form requires an understanding of how it feels to be deaf in the first place. Cece Bell describes the journey very cleverly in her illustrated world using the graphic novel genre to her advantageContinue reading “Graphic Silence”

Literature as a method of understanding the past

The concept of fiction as a way of understanding the past is one that resonates with me quite strongly. Call me a Pollyanna but I don’t think I could have ever understood at all the despicable standards that slave traders and Colonial ideals subjected slaves to. The sheer depth of indignity that a slave enduredContinue reading “Literature as a method of understanding the past”

In Defense of Academic Writing

Originally posted on judgmental observer:
Academic writing has taken quite a bashing since, well, forever, and that’s not entirely undeserved. Academic writing can be pedantic, jargon-y, solipsistic and self-important. There are endless think pieces, editorials and New Yorker cartoons about the impenetrability of academese. In one of those said pieces, “Why Academics Can’t Write,” Michael Billig…

The Victorians

The Victorian authors we know of today are largely overshadowed by the works and beliefs of Queen Victoria. Whatever they have written it will always be synonymous with the Victorian age. While most of us remember being told the Victorian age was a time of repression and docility, it was also a time of massContinue reading “The Victorians”

50 Great Sourced Author Quotes

I will write my own entry very soon! But for now Happy New Year! Interesting Literature What follows are the best sourced quotes (or, if you will, quotations) from writers down the ages, 50 of the most awesome, moving, and inspiring things that writers have ever said in literature. At least, that’s what we hereContinue reading “50 Great Sourced Author Quotes”

Typewriters (huh?) make a comeback in post-Snowden era

Originally posted on Gigaom:
So, the typewriter, an icon of a bygone, pre-PC era, is, making a comeback. Say what? The German government is reportedly thinking about using typewriters — non-electronic ones at that — for its clerical work, according to this Guardian report earlier this year. Why? Because they cannot be hacked. From the story: Asked “Are…