A Reading at Roedde presents Scientific Methods of Madness
Featuring presentations on unsound minds and bodies, respectively, by two brilliant scholars of Victorian literature and vice:
Shannon Payne on
"Criminals, Degenerates, and Artists: Victorian Science and the Picture of Dorian Gray"
"Sin is a thing that writes itself across a mans face or, at least, thats what some Victorian scientists theorized. In The Criminal Man (1911) Caesar Lombroso writes lengthy passages describing how to identify criminals based on certain facial features. In Degeneration (1895), Max Nordau attempts to trace social deviance through generations. Around the same time, Oscar Wildes novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is published, a story in which love, vanity, greed, art, social decay, criminality, and murder collide. Ill talk about how Oscar Wilde used science to write a monster story and about the monstrous laws that made it possible.
Rebecca Sheppard on
"Look what you made me do: Psychology and Crime in Victorian Literature"
In the late 1830s, mesmerism, the belief that there existed an invisible magnetic fluid that could connect individual minds, spread through London. It was initially conceived of as a type of therapy which could cure all sorts of physical and mental ailments. However, what probably made it more popular than its purported therapeutic benefits, was the idea that, through mesmerism, ones mind could be controlled by another. The Victorians, like us, were captivated by the idea that their minds could be influenced by someone else. What if the mesmerist made a good person do bad thingslike murder, for instance. This theme emerges in Victorian fiction and actual court cases.
Talks to be followed by a brief Q&A and reception.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. We highly recommend buying tickets well in advance as spots are limited. Admission to the museum for Tea and Tour before the reading from 1pm-3:15pm is included.
Options include the parking lot at the Empire Landmark Hotel (Robson & Broughton) or street parking on Robson and in the West End.
Parking spots are scarce in the neighbourhood, so give yourself some extra time or use public transportation. (Closest Skytrain station: Burrard. We are on the #5 Robson bus route).
Sunday October 29th, 4:00pm
Roedde House Museum
1415 Barclay St
Vancouver BC V6G 1J6
Roedde House Museum (View)
1415 Barclay Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6
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