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The Sea of Books is the blog for the UCD Humanities Institute’s Nation, Genre and Gender project, which uses social network analysis to look under the bonnet of a corpus of 19th and early 20th century novels from Ireland and Britain.
The Sea of Books blog is where members of the team post progress updates, announce upcoming events and publications, and talk about any aspects of the novels that takes our fancy.

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The Victorian Illustrator Whose Designs Came to Life

Born in London in 1846, Kate Greenaway exhibited a prodigious talent for delicate illustration. She attended the School of Art in South Kensington and completed her education in the Slade School of Art at University College London. She is now celebrated for her charming and nostalgic illustrations of childhood in the English countryside.
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Six Great 19th Century Novel Bakes

There are 62 references to cake so far in our 19th- century corpus, ranging from Jane Eyre’s slightly depressing “oaten-cakes” (also found in Shelley’s Frankenstein) to the more lavish offerings of plum-cake, plum-pudding, tea-cake, sponge-cake, and cheese-cake that appear in works by Dickens, Le Fanu and others.
Here are a few of the most famous – although the Paul Hollywood and co might not officially recognise them as cakes! We’ve also included a few recipes, for those of our readers who enjoy adventurous baking…
Cover Image – page 107 of Cassell’s dictionary of cookery: containing about nine thousand receipes (1892)
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Insult of the Week: He Talked Mere Drivel

The preacher in residence at St. Hilda’s Church in Donegal, Mr. Vivian, gets a poor review from Charlotte Riddell in her 1888 novel The Nun’s Curse. Although his good qualities are many, and he does excellent work with the sinful and/or suffering members of his parish, his preaching abilities are, frankly, nil.
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When is Elizabeth Bennet’s Birthday?

Elizabeth, by her own report, is twenty years of age during March 1795, and so she must have been born sometime around 1774-1775. But is there anything in the novel that might allow us to guess the date on which Elizabeth was born?
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The Art of Beauty: To Rouge or not to Rouge?

Throughout our corpus of nineteenth-century novels, there are numerous references to the transformative power of cosmetics. As well as striving to survive the noxious levels of lead and arsenic in your potions and pastes, you are also tasked with achieving socially acceptable levels of rouging.
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Cover: Fashion plate: English Evening Dress 1820 by John Bell

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