New resource on teaching Victorian adaptation

We are pleased to see the launch of Streaky Bacon, a new online resource for teachers and students of Victorian adaptation. As founding editors Patrick C. Fleming, Victoria Ford Smith, Joanna Swafford, and Carrie Sickmann Han explain in their introductory essay, the site takes its title from Charles Dickens’s metaphor for the texture of stage melodrama, a popular medium into which Dickens’s own novels were frequently adapted. Victorian adaptation and Neo-Victorianism have a long history in scholarship (e.g. the journal Neo-Victorian Studies) and the popular imagination. The nineteenth-century web has also had much to offer the classroom. Yet Streaky Bacon marks a more explicitly pedagogical focus that has been noticeable lately, for example in the number of new resources published or in process at Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons. Given Victorian adaptations’ appeal to students, Streaky Bacon is a welcome addition to these teaching resources. The inclusion of discussion questions and bibliographies for further reading makes the write-ups well suited for both teaching preparation and student use. We can hope for many more additions to come, and scholars interested in writing about Victorian adaptations for the site can view the submission guidelines here.

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