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MLA Vides 2022

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Welcome to the 10th 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: history, material culture, history of art, philosophy and architecture. The journal features essays that combine these disciplines, enlightening understanding in one field through study of another.

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Document Introduction


Document Divine Division: the Interregnum (1649 to 1660) as Depicted in a Broadside Ballad and an Oil Painting by Laurence Mercer

Abstract: This article considers two contrasting depictions of the Interregnum (1649 to 1660) — a broadside ballad, The Parliament Routed: / OR...

Document ‘How like a King I look’d’: Nature and sovereignty in the illustrated Robinson Crusoe, as influenced by Thomas Hobbes by Simon Court

Abstract: Daniel Defoe was, amongst other things, a political pamphleteer, and he thread into the narrative of his travel novel Robinson Crusoe a...

Document A Tale of Two Colstons: The Rise and Fall of A British Slave Trader’s Legacy by Ritch Sibthorpe

Abstract: The toppling of a statue of slave-trader and Royal Africa Company (RAC) executive Edward Colston during the Black Lives Matter protests...

Document Two Men, Two Worlds, One Goal: how Josiah Wedgwood and Olaudah Equiano progressed the abolitionist cause by Annette Oliver

Abstract: In the eighteenth century, two men rose from their very different worlds to fight for the anti-slavery cause. Josiah Wedgwood, a potter...

Document Monumental Imperialism in Ceylon: Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the Copying of the Sigiriya Frescoes in 1897 by Nishantha de Silva

Abstract: Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 likely marked the apogee of the British Empire and was widely celebrated throughout her...

Document Britishness through an Arab eye: Arab Travel Accounts in Victorian England and the definition of Britishness in contrast with the other by Ahmed Fathelbab

Abstract: This article will explore two sources of Arabic travel accounts, untranslated, on Victorian England from two very influential Arab...

Document High Times: Depictions of the Opium Den in Charles Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré’s London: A Pilgrimage by Wafiyyah Ali

Abstract: The opium den inhabits a unique place in the Victorian imagination. Equal parts abode of pleasure and signifier of moral decay, the...

Document ‘Doing All Possible Good’: Parallel Models of Social Responsibility in the Evangelical Theology of John Wesley and Hannah More by Rachel Xhemajli

Abstract: Evangelicalism gets a lot of raised eyebrows. Nonetheless, it holds a significant place in history. Beginning in the eighteenth century...

Document ‘To Instruct our Wand’ring Thought’: Nature as Tutor in an Age of Revolution by Nancy Kummerlein

Abstract: How do artists detect, respond to, and cope with tectonic shifts, whether political or technological, in the societies in which they...

Document Religion and Reality: Victorian society as seen through art and poetry by Joyce Markham

Abstract: Christianity was an essential part of life for Victorians in all strata of society. The numbers and sizes of Victorian churches that can...

Document Narratives of Disability in A Christmas Carol and Little Dorrit by Andrew Bramwell

Abstract: The nineteenth century was a period when the ‘afflicted’ or ‘defective’ body was a common sight on the streets of Victorian Britain....

Document Finding and Imprisoning Prostitutes in Victorian England: How Double Standards of Morality Led to Possible Violations of the Constitution by Patricia Penido Salles

Abstract: In the 1860s, Parliament passed three Contagious Diseases Acts to control the spread of venereal disease amongst the armed forces. The...

Document Emma, Lady Hamilton: Fêted or fated by Regency public opinion? The perception of class and women seen through two contrasting images by Heather M Adams

Abstract: Emma , Lady Hamilton (1765-1815), was one of the most famous and infamous of women when she arrived back in London from Naples with her...

Document The significance of the representation of women in John Singleton Copley’s painting The Death of Major Peirson, 1781, (1783) to Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, (1792): Female form as visual cypher by Lucinda Storm

Abstract: This article analyses Mary Wollstonecraft’s play on the theme of reform. In particular, her critique of the reductive representation of...

Document Two Women of Mind and Purpose: George Cruikshank’s My Wife is a Woman of Mind and Amelia B. Edwards’ The Travelling Adventures of Mrs Roliston by Dona M. Cady

Abstract: The changing social agency of Victorian British women was often reflected through text and art. The pen and ink work of two artists --...

Document That mirror gave back all her loveliness’: Female Beauty and Power in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Lady Lilith’ and Christina Rossetti’s ‘In an Artist’s Studio’ by Jasmin Monkcom

Abstract: The focus of this article will be the construction of female beauty in Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s painting Lady Lilith (1867) and...

Document Femme Fatale or Fettered Faery? The ambivalence of Arthur Hughes’ Interpretation of Keats’ “La Belle Dames Sans Merci” by Shiraz Vapiwala

Abstract: This article will explore and analyse how Arthur Hughes’ interpretation of John Keats’ poem, ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ (1819) offers...

Document The posthumous lives of Joseph Severn’s portrait of John Keats and the autograph manuscript of ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ by Nigel à Brassard

Abstract: When the twenty-five-year-old John Keats died, his lungs completely destroyed by consumption, it would have been entirely reasonable to...