Graduate Colloquium Series: Deanna Stover

“Deadly Toys: Mini Worlds and Wars, 1815-1914”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Deanna Stover
Ph.D. candidate| Department of English, 2018-2019 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow


The Brontë sisters are best known for their iconic novels like Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but before they became (in)famous, the sisters worked with their brother Branwell on a vast imaginary universe. The first chapter of Deanna Stover’s “Deadly Toys: Mini Worlds and Wars, 1815-1914,” titled “The Brontës at War,” deals with this extensive juvenilia, or paracosm, and the ways in which the siblings engaged in both literal and literary war games. Inspired by twelve wooden soldiers, the Brontë paracosm is a militaristic world, but one full of a precocious awareness of the traumas of armed conflict—an awareness that stands in harsh contrast to later narratives by adult authors.

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