More Heyer, More Romance, More Academic Excellence

Head for Cambridge if you’re a Heyer fan: on 7 November 2009 at Lucy Cavendish College there’s going to be a one day conference on Re-reading Georgette Heyer. Some of the presentations sound amazing, such as these three:

2:30 Catherine Johns: ‘Class and Breeding’

3:00 Sarah Annes Brown: ‘Lady of Quality and Homosexual Panic’

3:15   K. Elizabeth Spillman: ‘Cross Dressing and Disguise in Heyer’s Historical Romances’

…which are followed by a structured discussion of cross dressing and gender issues.

[Thanks to Dr. B. Lewis for the link.]



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  1. 1
    Keladry says:

    Transcripts.  We need transcripts.

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    I’ll be giving a paper, so as I said at Teach Me Tonight, I’ll try to take notes and put up a summary of the other papers.

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    AgTigress says:

    In case anyone hasn’t realised it, that’s our Cambridge (in England), not yours.
    I can probably share note-taking duties with Laura.

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    GrowlyCub says:

    I looked into flights to (your) Cambridge :), but unfortunately they still wanted over $800 for a November flight into Heathrow, grumble mumble… I wouldn’t have minded a UK mini-vacation for this conference!

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    Sarah Frantz says:

    Yay! A Heyer Colloquium.

    Actually, IASPR is sponsoring this Colloquium, but we only came into it after the fact. It was someone else’s fabulous idea and I so wish I could be there.

    K. Elizabeth Spillman has an article in “New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction” (coming out next year). It’s amazing. I love it. I’d say it’s worth going to the conference just for her! But then there’s the mysterious and elusive Laura Vivanco, too! Yay!

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    Janet W says:

    Found this fascinating review this morning … I especially liked the image of everyone dropping by to share Heyer stories :)—she also has a fun review of The Corinthian … a book I like more for everything but the main couple.

    Anyhow, what a great offer Laura! Thanks for the heads-up Sarah. Anyhow, transcripts, notes, heady asides … all gratefully accepted. I wish I could go! My mum would so love to be at the Austen/Heyer lecture. Maybe I could get her the bound notes for Christmas :)

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    SonomaLass says:

    I SOOO wish I could be there! Cross-dressing women were my dissertation research, and I would love to apply some of that to Heyer. Wow, I was in the UK at the wrong time this year.

    Can’t wait for notes—Laura and AgTigress, we will be in your debt.

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    Ros says:

    I am already booked in and looking forward to it enormously, especially the paper on cross-dressing, since The Masqueraders is one of my all-time favourite Heyers.

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    AgTigress says:

    unfortunately they still wanted over $800 for a November flight into Heathrow

    Heavens, that really is a bit steep.  I don’t suppose there are any transatlantic flights into Luton or Stansted, both of which are much nearer Cambridge than Heathrow anyway. 
    What about Birmingham airport?  I bet there are good train connections from Birmingham to Cambridge.

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    AgTigress says:

    Some of the papers look more than a little daunting in a modern-academic-literary-and-social-theory kind of way.  Laura can take the notes on those.  I’ll do the easier ones!  ;) :D
    I am looking forward particularly to hearing Laura’s paper and jay Dixon’s:  Dixon is writing/has written a new Heyer biography, so probably has a lot of useful insights that are not widely known.

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    Jennifer Kloester’s giving the first paper, and she’s been working on a new biography of Heyer too. She gave some details a while ago at Historical Romance UK.

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    Rachel T says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I only 15 miles from Cambridge, so I have just booked in to this. I have never been to anything like this before, so hope I can keep up! I haven’t read much Georgette Heyer since I was a teenager, when I read everything I could lay my hands on. I am now inspired to develop a reading programme for myself before November.

    By the way, Ag Tigress – I have checked, and there is a regular rail service from Birmingham International station to Cambridge.

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    AgTigress says:

    By the way, Ag Tigress – I have checked, and there is a regular rail service from Birmingham International station to Cambridge.

    I thought there would be, because Birmingham is such a major rail hub.  I was just musing about whether GrowlyCub might be able to find a cheaper airline/flight from wherever he/she is to Birmingham than to Heathrow.  Heathrow is best avoided anyway, in my opinion.  :-)

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    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    This sounds fascinating—hopefully those who are able to make it will provide copious notes.

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    Ros says:

    There are direct trains from Birmingham to Cambridge, but they are very slow and it is quicker to get the train via London.  Stansted is by far the easiest airport to get to Cambridge from.

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    AgTigress says:

    Stansted is by far the easiest airport to get to Cambridge from.

    Yes, obviously—but I don’t know where GrowlyCub would be coming from:  there may be no flights from wherever it is into Stansted.
    I was simply suggesting that Heathrow is not necessarily the only option.

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    GrowlyCub says:

    Thanks all for the travel advice.  I’ll look into it and if I can find a decent fare I’ll be there with bells on!  :)  I haven’t been to Cambridge before and thought it would be fun.

    I looked at Heathrow because it’s coming up on 12 years since I was in London and thought I’d could a mini vacation, but only if I can find a significantly cheaper flight.  I mean really… who wants to go to the UK in November and pay $800 for the privilege of getting rained on?  grin… I remember the weather from when I lived in Scotland.

  18. 18
    GrowlyCub says:

    Okay, the ‘real good stuff’ they gave me for my shoulder surgery is obviously still in effect.  I do normally know my English grammar, I promise… rofl

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    Ana says:

    GrowlyClub – Cambridge is actually one of the driest places in England….. ; )

    I can’t believe that for once there will be something like this happening where I live and I can’t make it. : (

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    Megan says:

    OK – I so want to go to this!  I can’t see me making a 10,000 kilometer trip for it though.  Damn!

    And I agree with the others – if we could get transcripts it would be just incredible!

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    Mina Kelly says:

    An Event somewhere I could get to without take a plane? I am so sorely tempted. And it’s a Saturday, and I do know people in Cambridge…

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