Justine Houyaux

Research on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Daresbury, Cheshire — Lewis Carroll’s birthplace

Any biography of Lewis Carroll will inform you that he was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the eldest boy and third child of Frances Jane Lutwidge and Charles Dodgson, in the … Continue reading

03/05/2018 · Leave a comment

A spot of sightseeing: When Lewis Carroll visited Brussels 150 years ago (The Bulletin, 9 July 2017)

The celebrated author only left the UK once in his lifetime – and the first stop in his European travels was Brussels. The rest of this article is available for … Continue reading

02/08/2017 · Leave a comment

La Bruxelles de Lewis Carroll, entre visites et mystère (Le Vif/L’Express, juillet 2017)

Il y a cent-cinquante ans, en route pour Moscou, accompagné de son ami Henry Liddon, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, alias Lewis Carroll, faisait étape à Bruxelles. Au programme : visite des … Continue reading

02/08/2017 · Leave a comment

After the conference | Part II — Bliss

In my previous post, I was telling you about how complicated it was to obtain funding for a conference in Belgium and how I nearly lost my mind (side note: … Continue reading

27/04/2017 · 1 Comment

After the conference | Part I — Surviving madness

A wonderful (and substantial) part of a scholar’s life is spent in conferences. As Itir Toksöz argues in a blog post on the Guardian Higher Education Network, “Striking a balance … Continue reading

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Caerphilly Castle (Wales)

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Mount Cemetery, Guildford (England)

Though it may seem bizarre at first to visit a cemetery, I tend to think of them as places where history is archived. The Mount Cemetery in Guildford (Surrey) is … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 1 Comment

SWYM-MWYS | Conférence sur Alice

“On devrait écrire un livre sur moi, ça, oui !” — Alice Le Département d’anglais et le Service du Doyen de la Faculté de Traduction et d’Interprétation de l’Université de … Continue reading

12/09/2016 · Leave a comment

SWYM-MWYS | Conference on Alice in Wonderland

“There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought!” — Alice The English Department and the Dean’s Service of the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation of the … Continue reading

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Mons (Belgium)

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Dover (UK)

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Canterbury Cathedral (UK)

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Nyon (Switzerland)

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Vinci (Italy)

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Florence (Italy)

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Bologna (Italy)

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San Marino

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Parma (Italy)

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Bertinoro (Italy)

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Modena (Italy)

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Bergamo (Italy)

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London (Part I)

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Liverpool (UK)

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Gilly (Switzerland)

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Baie de Somme (France)

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Bruges (Belgium)

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Rhine Gorge (Germany)

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Cardiff (Wales)

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On the benefits of doing (other) stuff

My rule of thumb has always been, “in case of doubt, turn to the classics.” I see it as the main perk of being a bookworm. While there are many … Continue reading

26/07/2016 · Leave a comment

Space ghetto

Originally posted on Brandon Robshaw and the English Language:
Here is a very nice little accent-joke, told to me by my daughter Ros (17). Say the phrase ‘space ghetto’ in…

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Make your mind up

This post is a collaboration with Welsh blogger Gareth Rhys Davies. We started writing it in the wake of the announcement of the results of the EU referendum, and it … Continue reading

12/07/2016 · Leave a comment

Me and my impostor syndrome

There was me and my monkey And with his dungarees and roller blades smoking filter tips Reclining in the passenger seat of my super-charged jet black Chevrolet — Me and … Continue reading

14/06/2016 · 2 Comments

Don DeLillo by Don DeLillo

Learning languages is among the most frustrating experiences a human being can go through, because no matter how hard you try to learn a language and a culture, there will … Continue reading

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Imposter syndrome & being a woman

Imposter syndrome: Why do so many women feel like frauds? by Claire Cohen in The Telegraph.

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Interview with Kostas Kaltsas, the Greek Translator of Infinite Jest

Infinite complexity: on translating David Foster Wallace into Greek by Scott Esposito on Literary Hub.

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On the value of performing Shakespeare’s plays in the original accent

World-famous linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, look at the original pronunciation of Shakespeare’s texts in a video on 22 Words.

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How things have changed for female academics

How things have changed for female academics by Myra Strober on The Times Higher Education, or how a rejection in 1970 for a tenure-track position inspired a lifetime of struggle … Continue reading

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BBC English: does it dictate proper pronunciation?

BBC English: does it dictate proper pronunciation? by Juerg Schwyter (OxfordWords Blog)

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Les fautes d’orthographe diminuent les chances d’être recruté

Les fautes d’orthographe diminuent les chances d’être recruté par Agathe Charnet (Le Monde Campus)

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How Italy Improved My English

How Italy Improved My English by Tim Parks (The New York Review of Books)

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Burgess on Translation

Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture. — Anthony Burgess

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I will never not love Caitlin Moran. She is both brilliant and mad, which is a combination that gets me anytime. If you are an avid reader, you may have … Continue reading

26/03/2016 · 1 Comment

On notebooks

I have been toying with the idea of writing about notebooks for quite a long time, so here we are. My project was to write a 500-something-word about the topic, … Continue reading

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All hail the master troll (Peter Jackson)

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Alice in a World of Wonderlands — Part II: The Books

As I was saying in my previous post, Alice in a World of Wonderlands is quite the heavy thing. At first, its general editor, Jon Lindseth, aimed at roughly 1,000 … Continue reading

08/09/2015 · Leave a comment

Alice in a World of Wonderlands — Part I: The Project

As some of you may know from experience, one of the most difficult challenges of a long-term work (like a PhD, or writing a book, for example) is the lack … Continue reading

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— … and that bloody Rooney was in an offside position but the referee did not see it. So what was Courtois supposed to do? I mean… — So very … Continue reading

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Academic assholes and the circle of niceness

This post on Academic assholes and the circle of niceness on The Thesis Whisperer blog is worth reading (as most posts on the Thesis Whisperer anyway).

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Third attempt at watching The Desolation of Smaug. This time,Tricia almost made it past the Laketown scene. The Dreamers by Albert Joseph Moore (1882), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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I knew it

— Darn. I knew I should have stuck to my Schwarzkopf conditioner. Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1866–68, 1872–73), Delaware Art Museum. Photo: Tate Britain.

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FaCT – The First International Conference on Food and Culture in Translation

The call for papers of the First International Conference on Food and Culture in Translation started with this sentence: “Food, the cornerstone of life, lies at the heart of our … Continue reading

04/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Cecil Hepworth’s 1903 ‘Alice in Wonderland’

This is the very first film adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, directed by Cecil Hepworth in 1903. By and large, the images are potato quality, but the film has … Continue reading

27/04/2015 · Leave a comment

Ellen Terry and her glorious gown of beetle wings

The Virtual Victorian (“Peer back into the mists of time — for facts, fancies and fabrications about the Victorian era”) has just published a lovely post about Ellen Terry’s gown … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland, from a Freudian perspective

by luciaverag.

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Paradigm Shift in Flynn’s Gone Girl

Flynn, Gillian (2012). Gone Girl. Phoenix: Orion Books. 475. (If there was a soundtrack to books, I’d choose this) A few weeks ago, I was properly ill for the first … Continue reading

19/12/2014 · Leave a comment

5 Things That Students in Languages and Literature Should Be Told

1 — You are privileged. You may not realise it right now, but you are. Firstly, being a student at university means that you are not one of the 771 … Continue reading

15/09/2014 · Leave a comment

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Pratchett, Terry (2012). Dodger. : London: Random House. 403. I picked up Dodger at the WHSmith in St Pancras International just before boarding the Eurostar back home, just as you … Continue reading

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C’est en pleine rédaction de mon chapitre portant sur les fondements théoriques de ma thèse que je me rends compte que “quelque chose cloche” dans ma manière d’écrire. Ce n’est … Continue reading

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“In my 20s I was often defending, or trying to defend, Rose against David, or promote her cause somehow. The effect on my writing was fairly direct, though I think … Continue reading

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