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Welcome to the sixth edition of VIDES, the online journal produced by the students of the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, as part of their Master’s degree in Literature and Arts. As the name of the degree suggests, the course covers many different academic fields alongside literature: philosophy, history, material culture, history of art, theology and architecture. The journal features essays that combine these disciplines, enlightening understanding in one field through study of another.

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Document 1. Introduction

Introduction to Vides Volume 6 - 2018.

Document Friend or Foe: How far were sororal relations depicted positively in nineteenth-century England? Emily Lam

Sisterhood was commonly used in nineteenth century literature as an instrument to achieve a conventional end or to advance a romantic storyline;...

Document Gazing through the Mashrabeya: Contrasting the representation of Egyptian women in Islamic architecture, British nineteenth-century orientalist art and the writings of Aisha Taymur by Ahmed Shokri

This essay analyses the contrasting artistic representations of Egyptian women in nineteenth-century Cairo, by examining certain examples of...

Document The Thoroughbred and the Swan: Aristocracy and progress towards wives' equality with their husbands in the mid-nineteenth century by David Darbyshire

The thoroughbred horse 'West Australian' and Cox's silver automaton swan were brilliant icons of the nineteenth century, the former bred and raced...

Document A presentation of the contemporary human condition in Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach and William Holman Hunt’s Our English Coasts, 1852 (Strayed Sheep) by Alexandra Mayson

More than just lyrically and visually pleasing icons of their age, ‘Dover Beach’ and ‘Our English Coasts’ also invoke the contemporary human...

Document Fallen Woman or Fallen Man? Representations of moral responsibility, punishment and reward in George Frederic Watts’s painting Found Drowned (1848-50) and Charles Dickens’s novel Our Mutual Friend (1864-5) by Susan Knights

This article will examine gendered representations of moral responsibility by comparing its treatment of fallen women in the above artefacts....

Document From St Giles to Marylebone: The gin mad girl and an MCC Tie by David Allen

This article traces the changing status of gin in nineteenth-century British culture by exploring two artefacts: an image from The Drunkard’s...

Document Victorian Appropriation of Medieval Eucharistic Symbolism: A comparative analysis of St. Giles Cathedral and Goblin Market by Katerina Kern

This article considers the manner in which ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti and St. Giles Cathedral by Augustus Pugin appropriate...

Document Unconventional Subjects: A very British approach to dealing with extraordinary people considered through a portrait of the Begum Samru, by Jiwan Ram, and The History of Zeb-ul-Nissa the Begum Samru of Sardhana, a poem by Lalla Gokul Chand by Amy Marshall

In the early nineteenth century the British were consolidating their position in India and control of the country was expanding. Their...

Document Were the Greek Artefacts, purchased from Elgin, ‘Marbles’ or ‘Stones’? by Natalia de Blasio

Were the Greek Artefacts, purchased from Elgin, ‘Marbles’ or ‘Stones’?  An investigation of the perceived aesthetic value of the Elgin Marbles...

Document ‘A Moderate Infusion of Oriental Learning’: Representations of the East India College at Haileybury and its influence on constructing the Company official by Sopna Nair

This essay explores two artefacts relating to the early history of the East India College at Haileybury and its specific mission in training new...

Document ‘Only a Novel’: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1817), novel readers and The Circulating Library (1804) in ‘fictions about fiction’ in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries - Freya Gye

The Circulating Library presents a stereotyped image of the novel reader – young, undiscerning, searching for adventure and, above all, female....

Document Disorder and Resolution: William Blake’s ‘London’ and William Wordsworth’s ‘London 1802’ by Alex Deamer

In this essay I examine the differing attitudes towards disorder and resolution in William Blake’s ‘London’ and William Wordsworth’s ‘London 1802...

Document The Material Abbey: J. M. W. Turner and William Wordsworth by Dewey W. Hall

The paper examines representations of Tintern Abbey, as part of the Wye Valley, by J. M. W. Turner and William Wordsworth through visual and print...

Document The Hermaphrodite King: Polysemy and the failure of unity in William Davenant and Inigo Jones’ Salmacida Spolia by Debbie Hicks

This article interrogates the presentation of monarchy in Salmacida Spolia, a court masque staged during the escalating political turmoil that...

Document A Picture of Pageantry and the Arches of Triumph: dramatic, visual, and literary representations of James I and the new Stuart dynasty through Thomas Dekker’s account of the 1604 Royal Entry and Stephen Harrison’s design for its setting by M Castelletti

Focussing on the printed account of Thomas Dekker’s ‘The Magnificent Entertainment’ and the arches designed by architect Stephen Harrison (...

Document The Future in the Instant: How Jacobean attitudes to the supernatural were shaped and reflected in popular print and early modern drama, with specific reference to Browne’s A New Almanacke and Prognostication and Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Sharon O'Connor

This article explores a prevalent discourse of the supernatural in Jacobean England including James I’s influence on cultural assumptions, as seen...

Document Bensalem’s Legal System by Francis Bacon (New Atlantis) and James I (True Law): Representations of God, kingship, knowledge and peace by Andres Font Galarza

This paper compares Bensalem's legal system in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis with James I’s True Law tract. Whilst differing in form – fiction and...

Document ‘The False Marke of the Shadow of Honour’: The significance of honour in late Elizabethan political culture by Adam Diaper

This article explores the potential, latent within late sixteenth-century discourses of honour, for political and moral dissidence. In a letter to...

Document Arms and the Man by Marie Harrison

Weaponry and military equipment often has a role that extends beyond the merely functional. Through a juxtaposition of Shakespeare’s...

Document Unica Semper Avis: The role of emblems in Elizabethan culture, using the Phoenix as a case study in Nicholas Hilliard’s Phoenix portrait and in the Chequers ring by Mariona Ponce Bochaca

The iconic image of Queen Elizabeth I was an essential part of her authority. The myth of the Virgin Queen was deliberately created to divert the...

Document ‘…all Altars [should] be taken down and clear removed even unto the foundation’: Edmund Grindal. Social and political doublethink in the Puritan movement by Craig Paterson

The purpose of this article is to consider the English Reformation, particularly within the late sixteenth century, from an interdisciplinary...

Document The Making of English Slave Iconography: Emerging xenophobia toward black Africans in the coat of arms of Sir John Hawkins (1568) and Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Blackness (1605) by Daniel Jan Evans

This article will investigate the developing representations of black Africans during the Tudor and early Stuart periods. The presence of Africans...