Description : Drawing upon feminist, anthropological, and postcolonial approaches, Munich searches out the myriad, often contradictory incarnations of Queen Victoria in the minds of her subjects.
Description : On Sarah A. Chrisman’s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset—ever. She’d heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented, and she wanted none of it. However, Chrisman agreed to try on the garment . . . and found it surprisingly enjoyable. The corset, she realized, was a tool of empowerment—not oppression. After a year of wearing a corset on a daily basis, her waist had gone from thirty-two inches to twenty-two inches, she was experiencing fewer migraines, and her posture improved. She had successfully transformed her body, her dress, and her lifestyle into that of a Victorian woman—and everyone was asking about it. In Victorian Secrets, Chrisman explains how a garment from the past led to a change in not only the way she viewed herself, but also the ways she understood the major differences between the cultures of twenty-first-century and nineteenth-century America. The desire to delve further into the Victorian lifestyle provided Chrisman with new insight into issues of body image and how women, past and present, have seen and continue to see themselves.
Description : Long before the satirical comedy of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the hottest send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions always rose to the level of social commentary, despite being impertinent, absurd, or inane. Some viewers may take them straight, but what looks like sexism or stereotype was actually a clever strategy of critique. Parody was a powerful weapon in the culture wars of late-nineteenth-century England, and with defiantly in-your-face sophistication, Gilbert and Sullivan proved that popular culture can be intellectually as well as politically challenging. Carolyn Williams underscores Gilbert and Sullivan's creative and acute understanding of cultural formations. Her unique perspective shows how anxiety drives the troubled mind in the Lord Chancellor's "Nightmare Song" in Iolanthe and is vividly realized in the sexual and economic phrasing of the song's patter lyrics. The modern body appears automated and performative in the "Junction Song" in Thespis, anticipating Charlie Chaplin's factory worker in Modern Times. Williams also illuminates the use of magic in The Sorcerer, the parody of nautical melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore, the ridicule of Victorian aesthetic and idyllic poetry in Patience, the autoethnography of The Mikado, the role of gender in Trial by Jury, and the theme of illegitimacy in The Pirates of Penzance. With her provocative reinterpretation of these artists and their work, Williams recasts our understanding of creativity in the late nineteenth century.
Description : It isn't much fun being ill, but Karlie lives in a famous old house full of secrets, so at least now she has time to solve a mystery. When Karlie discovers hidden treasures, she learns about another young girl - just the same age as she is now - who lived in the house more than one hundred years ago.
Description : Ever since she was a young girl, Victoria Justice wanted to be a performer. She was always putting on shows for other people. This love for the stage has won her many amazing opportunities. She has modeled for such big-name brands as Ralph Lauren, Gap, and Banana Republic; and she has appeared in dozens of television commercials. By the age of sixteen, she was starring in her very own television series, Victorious. See how talent, determination, and family support have helped this young actress reach her goals.
Description : When Chloe Kaufman meets Lyndon she has no time for love. Her father's illness drives her to strive for success in an attempt to make life easier for her mother. That drive leaves very little space for falling in love. But when love is staring her in the face refusing to walk away she is tempted to jump in head first, caution to the wind. She soon finds that love is exactly what she was expecting it to be. Time consuming, draining and downright hard. Love isn't supposed to hurt. But for Chloe and Lyndon it seems to be one thing after another. The secrets that he hides from her threaten to tear apart their relationship. When ex-wives and babies jump from Lyndon's closet, Chloe is faced with decisions that could place her family in a difficult financial situation. When Chloe receives news from her doctor about her test status it makes loving Lyndon even harder. Dealing with a life threatening illness turns Chloe's life upside down, making her want to give up not only on Lyndon but life as well.