Emotional Lives, Intimacy, and Identity in 18th and 19th Century England

If you would like to see my inaugural lecture, you can find it in this link here! I talk about three emotions or feelings – anxiety, anger, and loss – through the lens of the anxious father, the angry husband, and the tearful sailor.My aim is to demonstrate the ways in which different models of … More Emotional Lives, Intimacy, and Identity in 18th and 19th Century England

The doll’s house and its links with home and identity

My previous post discussed the role of the dolls’ house as a tool for teaching girls and women in the past about their feminine roles and duties. Dolls’ houses also evoke strong feelings in people who own or interact with them. They have a powerful emotional dimension, even for those who stand in museums and wonder … More The doll’s house and its links with home and identity

Controlling a small world: dolls’ houses and gender roles

I had the great pleasure of attending and talking at a symposium on dolls’ houses recently; a fascinating event organised around Liza Antrim’s dolls’ house collection part of which was on display at No. One Royal Crescent, Bath (check out the exhibition’s Pinterest board). The miniaturization of the domestic in the form of the dolls’ house … More Controlling a small world: dolls’ houses and gender roles

Home Sweet Home

I’m trying to move house at the moment as I finalise my divorce and move on to a new happier phase in my life. As friends frequently remind me, though, moving house is one of the most stressful times of people’s lives. The peculiarities and demands of buyers, sellers, and estate agents ensure this. Still, … More Home Sweet Home

Seeing and challenging your assumptions (isn’t easy)

About four years ago I was chastened by a student’s module evaluation. S/he was positive about my teaching, but noted that I had made a dismissive comment about men. As a historian of masculinity, I’m hardly anti-men, so I interrogated my memory and eventually realised s/he was referring to a session on marital desertion in the … More Seeing and challenging your assumptions (isn’t easy)

Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century

The conference on military masculinities (20-21 May 2015) was one of the most interesting I have attended, thanks to excellent organisation by Anna Maria Barry and Emma Butcher, and to the innovative and interesting research presented throughout. Speakers were a brilliant mix of new, early career, and established scholars (the programme is here) and the … More Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth Century