Why Connie Brockway Is Evil

In case you didn’t yet know: Connie Brockway, romance author, is an evil temptress. Oh yes. She is.

Why? you ask.

Well, not only will she have a new historical out in February (and will thus keep me from doing all kinds of important things like … oh … correcting exams) (and there’s a kitty-cat on the cover, too!), but she also has a page with research books on her website. Can you imagine? I’ve told you this woman is pure evil! *g*

So after visiting her website sometime last week, I felt compelled to order The Thesaurus of Slang AND Daily Life in Victorian England. (I told myself I needed the latter for my Elizabeth Gaskell seminar.) (I totally need it for my Elizabeth Gaskell seminar! Just think of what my poor students would be missing if I wouldn’t have ordered that book!!! Buckets of invaluable information would remain lying unclaimed among the pages of Gaskell’s novels.*)
*Of course, we might take many generous doses of Richard Armitage in North and South to make up for the lack, but this would be highly unacademic, wouldn’t it?

2 thoughts on “Why Connie Brockway Is Evil

  1. JC

    *giggles*

    Being an undergrad student, I love reading your posts about teaching… It makes me happy to realize that teachers aren’t all that different from us (especially because I want to become one… eventually)

    I’m sure your students will appreciate the information in the book. I would!

  2. Sandra Schwab

    It makes me happy to realize that teachers aren’t all that different from us

    JC, we only pretend we are. *g*

    I’m sure your students will appreciate the information in the book. I would!

    I’m trying a slightly new approach this semester (e.g., more basic info, more visuals). I hope this will help my students to understand the era better. So last week, we watched a snippet from the Victorian Kitchen, an old TV documentary from the 1980s (I think): for the episode about dinner parties, they re-created a truly stunning table decoration with plants and flowers. Here’s the intro from the episode about picnics.

    I got the impression, though, that my students were a bit alarmed when we did the 19th-century Fashion 101 in the first session. *g*

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