Monthly Archives: November 2014

Our Mutual Friend Tweets: Part Seven

Highlights of the seventh part of the ‘Our Mutual Friend Tweets’ project can now be found on Storify! Click here to catch up on the latest developments.

And don’t forget to bookmark ‘Our Mutual Feed‘ to keep up with the story day-to-day.

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Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Roundtable on the Our Mutual Friend reading project

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 6.00–8.00pm

Room 112, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1.

Come and join us for a panel discussion about the Our Mutual Friend reading project and other digital Dickens projects.

Panellists include Emma Curry (Birkbeck) on the Our Mutual Friend tweets project, Pete Orford (University of Buckingham) on The Drood Inquiry and digital Dickens, and Ben Winyard (Birkbeck) on recent digital Dickens reading projects.

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Month 7 (November 1864): Domestic Management (part 1 of 3):

This month’s post was contributed by Maria Damkjær, Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Maria’s chapter ‘”Split […] peas:” Mrs Beeton and Domestic Time, Refigured’ was recently published in Serialization in Popular Culture, ed. by Rob Allen and Thijs van den Berg (Routledge, 2014).

In the November 1864 number of Our Mutual Friend, readers are introduced to a cosy bachelor household: Eugene Wrayburn and Mortimer Lightwood have installed themselves opposite Mortimer’s chambers in the Temple. We meet them at the very cusp of domesticity: nothing has yet been paid for, everything lacks the patina of use. The very tables and chairs are ‘a little too blooming to be believed in’ (like Lady Tippin’s face). And of all unlikely things, Eugene has insisted on their installing a ‘very complete little kitchen’; not to cook in, but for its ‘moral influence’.

‘See,’ said Eugene, ‘miniature flour-barrel, rolling-pin, spice box, shelf of brown jars, chopping-board, coffee-mill, dresser elegantly furnished with crockery, saucepans and pans, roasting-jack, a charming kettle, an armoury of dish-covers. The moral influence of these objects, in forming the domestic virtues, may have an immense influence upon me; not upon you, for you are a hopeless case, but on me’ (OMF, Book II, Chapter VI).

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