I am currently working on a nonfiction piece … and I noticed that I am still using thematic writing.
A Steampunk version of the character Death from the Endless, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman universe.
Thematic casting is when you base your characters around a central theme. Take the Fanastic Four as a fairly simplistic example of thematic casting. Mr Fantastic represents ‘water, Sue is ‘air’, the Human Torch is ‘fire’ and the Thing is ‘earth’; all four of the basic elements as understood by alchemists. The Planeteers from Captain Planet follow the same theme, adding ‘heart’ to the mix. In the Avatar series, the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra used the same for the various ‘benders’. Many children’s cartoons use thematic casting, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be used as a sophisticated writing tool.
The Victorian era version of the Fantastic Four.
When I think of sophisticated thematic casting, I think of Neil Gaiman’s Endless from his Sandman series. The Endless are seven siblings who rule the aspects…
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I write a lot bout the problems that women faced when trying to be professional scientists in the Victorian era, but female artists suffered from the same sorts of sexism and prejudice as their scientist sisters. The perfect example of this is the painting, Nameless and Friendless, “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, etc.” – Proverbs, x, 15, painted in 1857. It depicts the reception of a young artist presenting her paintings to a dealer.
The artist has certainly drawn on her own experiences when painting this scene. The look of resignation on the artist’s face, her brother’s expression halfway between hope and resentment, the dealer pretending to find fault with her work … and the two men on the left, gazing at her with interest tinged with hostility.
Nameless and Friendless. “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, etc.” – Proverbs, x, 15; painted in 1857 by Emily Mary Osborn (1828-1925 )
The title of the piece is also a hint, referring to the bible proverb: The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
The young artist and her brother are poor, and trying to make a living in a world full of men that see her as a woman first, and an artist second.
Emily Mary Osborn wasn’t in quite the same straits as the young artist in this painting. She was favoured by several wealthy female patrons, and even Queen Victoria bought at least one of her paintings. I suspect she enjoyed the freedom her success gave to her, because she died unmarried at the age of 97. But it didn’t stop her from showing sympathy to Victorian era ‘damsels’, one of her favourite topics.
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
We are living in times in which we are striving to make the digital look more and more perfectly mechanical, especially here in Silicon Valley.
So it is refreshing to see something that is purely and simply mechanical in its very being. No pixels, no user interface, no MP3 files. Just gears and springs and levers artfully crafted, and beautifully encased in hand-worked precious metals and gems, depicting the Diana, goddess of the hunt in her chariot.
From the always entertaining and educational blog Two Nerdy History Girls, the video shows the automaton/clock in action. I can imagine it being quite the site at early 17th century soirees Even today, it is quite amazing!
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Snippets 90. John Swinton was a popular journalist, who was chief editor of the New York Times during the 1860s. In 1883 he launched John Swinton’s Paper, an influential publication campaigning for the rights of workers in America. His views may have been influenced in some measure by a visit to Britain three years earlier, […]
via Victor Hugo, Devoted Grandfather — Windows into History
I am here to publicly admit that I have embraced a polyamorous reading life. The term “polyamory” comes from the Greek for “many loves” and is usually defined as having more than one romantic relationship at any time. Before I go any further, no, this has nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Gray or […]
via IN DEFENSE OF A POLYAMOROUS READING LIFE written by Jane Losinger — Nerdy Book Club
A Stereotype: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
A Caricature: a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
From Google Definitions
Caricatures of the attendees at an Australian suffragette meeting.
The stereotype versus the caricature.
The Stereotype of a Suffragette from the viewpoint of those against the suffragette movement.
The Fumsup charm was popular at the end of the 19th century and up until WW1. This sort of lucky charm went with many a soldier to war. Fumsup is baby talk for ‘Thumbs up’. The luck was in the wooden head – touch wood – and in the cheery gesture of thumbs up!
I only just found out about this charm, and had to share straight away.
Behold in me
The birth of luck
Two charms combined
My head is made
Of wood most rare
My thumbs turn up
To touch me there.
To speed my feet
They’ve Cupid’s wings:
They’ll help true love
’Mongst other things.
My power to bring
Good luck to you
I’ll bring good luck
To all away –
Just send me to
A friend to-day.
Hello people, I know that I have not been all that consistent at keeping this up but the real world has it’s own demands. Today what i wanted to share with you is the idea that Steampunk is not only growing around the world, but is becoming far more relevant. Here in the states […]
via #mirthmusicmon – What American Steampunk Could Be — steampunk werewolf
As usual, this is a best-bits version of the trip, where “best-bits” = anything that stayed still long enough to be sketched. You should be able to see a larger version of the pictures by clicking on them, which in most cases will take you through to their Flickr page. So: Once upon a time […]
via The Grand Tour Part One: The USA — Tanaudel