The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

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April 2020

Croquet’s Cheating Women

April 21 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
5 East 48th Street, 5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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In the 1860s, the British sport of croquet caught on in America, “especially with Ladies,” as one newspaper put it. Although the outdoor activity was supposedly noncompetitive and centered on socializing, it actually stirred up bitter arguments, particularly about women’s behavior on the lawns. Jon Sterngass, a Saratoga Springs-based writer specializing in children's nonfiction, has uncovered evidence that certain croquet strokes were perceived as a form of symbolic castration, and that women were constantly accused of cheating at croquet by…

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May 2020

Emerging Scholars Lecture

May 20

The Victorian Society New York will present young historians (proposal deadline March 10) at its annual "Emerging Scholars" event on May 20. We support scholarship about every aspect of 19th-century and early-20th-century culture, including literature, architecture, theater, fine and decorative art, politics, manufacturing, education, gender roles, reform movements, fashion, and food. Recent topics for emerging scholars have included celluloid collar advertisements, New York brothel furniture and a mining tycoon's luxurious dinnerware. Current university students or recent graduates will give 15-minute presentations. Deadline for 200-word proposals (preference given to…

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