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From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, Footnoting History's team of academics share their favorite stories from across history. New episodes every other Saturday.

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From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, Footnoting History's team of academics share their favorite stories from across history. New episodes every other Saturday.

    Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

    Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

    (Elizabeth) The story of Aladdin is one of the most popular and most produced of the tales from the One Thousand and One Nights (also known in English as the Arabian Nights) and, yet, it isn't actually one of the original stories. In this episode, Elizabeth explains how the story of Aladdin entered the collection, including the young Syrian man who inspired a French author to write it.
    Further ReadingHannā Diyāb, The Man Who Wrote Aladdin: The Life and Times of Hannā Diyāb, translated by Paul Lunde, introduction by Caroline E.M. Stone. Hardinge Simpole (2020).Hanna Dyab, D’Alep à Paris. Les Pérégrinations d’un Jeune Syrien au Temps de Louis XIV, edited and translated by Paul Fahmé, Bernard Heyberger and Jerôme Lentin, Sinbad-Acte Sud (2015).  Husain Haddawy and Muhsin Mahdi, eds., Arabian Nights., WW Norton & Company (1995).  Paulo Lemos Horta, Marvellous Thieves, Harvard University Press (2017). --,  Aladdin: a New Translation, translated by Yasmine Seale, edited by Paulo Lemos Horta (2018). Robert Irwin, The Arabian Nights: A Companion, Bloomsbury Publishing (2003).    Related ContentThis episode is part of our Footnoting Disney Series.Aladdin, Disney, (1992).Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)

    • 20 min
    Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    (Kristin) When Victor Hugo wrote his novel, Notre-Dame of Paris in 1831, the cathedral of Notre Dame was over 600 years old and crumbling. The ensuing tale was one that inspired a massive renovation project and continues to stir imaginations today. In this week’s episode, Kristin talks about the story of Hugo’s Notre-Dame of Paris and its continuing resonance with modern audiences.  

    • 23 min
    The Forbidden Holiday

    The Forbidden Holiday

    (Nathan) The English Civil War of the mid-17th century ended in the beheading of King Charles I and the establishment of the Commonwealth under of Oliver Cromwell. It also marked a turning point in the celebration of Christmas in Britain and its American colonies. In this episode, we will examine the rise of Puritan groups to power in the English Parliament, their attitudes toward the moral and ritual reform of the English Church, and how these groups in Britain and the colonies sought to purge Catholic and "pagan" influences in their society by banning the celebration of Christmas.
    Winship, Michael P., Hot Protestants: A History of Puritanism in England and America (Yale University Press, 2019).
    Coffey, John, and Paul Lim., The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
    Daniels, Bruce, Puritans at Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England (Macmillan, 1995).
    Walsh, James P. "Holy Time and Sacred Space in Puritan New England." American Quarterly 32, no. 1 (1980): 79-95.

    • 17 min
    Haitian Revolution, Part II: ​1794-1804

    Haitian Revolution, Part II: ​1794-1804

    (Elizabeth) Between 1794 and 1804, the newly emancipated people of the colony of Saint-Domingue created a government under the leadership of Toussaint Louverture and defeated Napoleonic forces to become their own independent country. In this episode, Elizabeth explains the role of Louverture but also the international ramifications of the creation of Haiti. 

    • 23 min
    Haitian Revolution, Part 1: 1791-1793

    Haitian Revolution, Part 1: 1791-1793

    (Elizabeth) In 1791, the enslaved people of France's wealthiest colony, Saint-Domingue, rose up for freedom. In this episode, Elizabeth examines the many factors that led to the abolition of slavery in the region now known as Haiti. The French Revolution, Kongolese leadership, social stratification, religion, and many other aspects all pay a role in what will become the first successful slave revolt of the Atlantic world. 

    • 22 min
    The Unquiet Afterlife of Elizabeth Siddal

    The Unquiet Afterlife of Elizabeth Siddal

    (Christine) Following a tumultuous life entrenched in Britain's art world, Elizabeth Siddal was laid to rest in 1862, but her body's peace would be disturbed only a few years later when her coffin was reopened. Find out the story behind the disturbance of the late artist and model's earthly remains in this episode.
    Further Reading
    Laura Bradley, "Elizabeth Siddal: Drawn into the Pre-Raphaelite Circle", Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 18:2. (1992), pp. 136-145, 187.
    J.B. Bullen, “Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, (2004/2015).
    Marion R. Edwards, "Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal -- The Age Problem", The Burlington Magazine, 119:887, (February 1977), pp. 110, 112.
    Paul Fyfe, "Accidental Death: Lizzie Siddal and the Poetics of the Coroner's Inquest", Victorian Review, 40:2, (Fall 2014), pp. 17-22.
    Jan Marsh, "Did Rossetti Really Need to Exhume his Wife?" The Times Literary Supplement, (15 February 2012).
    --"Imagining Elizabeth Siddal", New Statesman & Society, 1:15, (16 September 1988), pp. 32-36.
    --, The Legend of Elizabeth Siddal, Quartet Books, 1989.
    William Rossetti, "Dante Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal", The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, 1:3, (May 1903), pp. 273-295.
    Carol Rumens, "Poem of the Week: Dead Love by Elizabeth Siddal", The Guardian, (14 September 2015).
    Virginia Surtees, “Siddal, Elizabeth Eleanor (1829-1862)”, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, (2004).
    The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Archive, Jerome McGann, ed.
    "Poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti", The Pall Mall Gazette, (21 April 1870) via British Library Newspapers, Part I: 1800-1900."
    Pre-Raphaelite Sisters Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
    "Rossettis Poems", The Graphic, (14 May 1870) via British Library Newspapers, Part I: 1800-1900.

    • 18 min

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