Friday, Nov. 16th
3:30-4:30 Armstrong Browning Library Lecture Hall
Professor Clare Simmons (Ohio University) will present her talk, “Christmas Ghosts:”
Writers of the earlier nineteenth century represented the traditional English Christmas as in decline, yet within a few decades Christmas celebration gained new life through the efforts of both antiquarians and booksellers. This presentation examines the revival of ancient Christmas customs and the development of new Christmas traditions in nineteenth-century Britain, particularly in the form of the gift-book and the ghost story.