Christmas Ghost Stories: A Victorian Tradition
Monday, December 12
Presented virtually by the County Library's Taylorville branch
Leslee Thorne-Murphy will highlight the popularity of Christmas ghost stories in Victorian England, including Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, as she discusses the traditions that inspired and haunted the era’s celebrations.
Thorne-Murphy is a BYU associate professor of English and associate dean of the College of Humanities. She teaches courses in British literature, specializing in Victorian literature—the era of Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. She is particularly interested in the vast amount of literature published during this period to depict and help ameliorate the conditions of the poor during the Industrial Revolution. Her book, Bazaar Literature: Charity, Advocacy, and Parody, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in December. Along with her students, she edits The Victorian Short Fiction Project, a digital anthology of Victorian short fiction.
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