Kylee-Anne Hingston received her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria in 2015. Her research interests and publications cover such topics as Victorian literature, disability studies, children’s literature, narratology, and pedagogy. Her current book-project is on disability and narrative form in Victorian fiction—from Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Crooked Man.”
Hingston’s paper, “Embodied Theology: Disability and Illness in Mid-Victorian Christian Periodicals,” concentrates on the interchange between theology of the body—of Christ’s body, of Christians as members of that body, of Christ’s body manifested in its members’ bodies—and the treatment of illness and disability in the first volume of Good Words, one of the Victorian era’s most popular illustrated literary magazines. The paper suggests that just as the mutability of the periodical form challenges the supremacy of the bound book, so also the serial form of Good Words advances a theology of disability in which inconsistent, interdependent, and mutable bodies contest the privilege of the normative body. Good Words thereby provides a test case for determining how nineteenth-century Christian doctrines informed the development of disability as a social and medical category, and how such concepts of disability in turn informed writers’ theologies.
Good Words for 1882. Edited by Donad Macleod. London: Isbister and Company, 1882.
This volume belonged to A. Edward Newton, an American author, publisher, and avid book collector. His note on the front end paper reads:
A. Edward Newton / “Oak Knoll” / January 12, 1935 / The gift of H. S. Drinker / with whom we went to / “The Gondoliers.” / See page 837 for Trollope.
H. S. Drinker was a nineteenth century resident of Philadelphia. He may have been a member of the prominent Drinker family, who were well-known Quaker merchants in Philadelphia. Newton refers to Trollope’s “The Two Heroines of Plumplington.” “The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria” is a Savoy Opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It premiered at the Savoy Theatre on 7 December 1889 and ran for a very successful 554 performances (at that time the fifth longest-running piece of musical theatre in history), closing on 30 June 1891.
Good Words for the Young. Edited by Norman MacLeod. London: A. Strahan and Co., 1868-69.
Good Words for the Young. Edited by George MacDonald. London: A. Strahan and Co., 1869-70.
Good Words for the Young. Edited by George MacDonald. London: A. Strahan and Co., 1870-71.
Good Words for the Young. Edited by George MacDonald. London: A. Strahan and Co., 1871-72.
The 1869 volume contains the first appearance of At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald, as well as Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley. The 1870 volume contains the following by George MacDonald: the conclusion of At the Back of the North Wind; Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood; and "Willie's Question;" as well as Charles Kingsley's "To Boys." The 1871 volume contains the first printing of George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin, as well as Charles Kingsley's "The Wind and the Rain." The 1872 volume contains the following by George MacDonald: the first printing of The History of Gutta-Percha Willie; "The Snow-fight;" "The Foolish Harebell;" and "The Wind and the Moon." Each volume contains numerous illustrations, including those by Arthur Hughes, F. A. Fraser, Ernest Griset, Edward Gurdon Dalziel, H. French, Townley Green, and J. B. Zwecker.
- Exhibition Text by Melinda Creech