Signature of Charlotte Yonge

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CMYF 2017 SPRING MEETING

ISLE OF WIGHT

Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 May 2017

The centre is Ryde, IoW (port for one of the ferries from Portsmouth).

We plan two whole-day coach expeditions: venues and routes are still to be confirmed, but will most likely include Victoria and Albert's Osborne House, Dimbola (home of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron), Ventnor Gardens, and Bonchurch.

This is an opportunity to see places that we know CMY herself visited and that figure in her novels.

Individuals will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. There will be an optional dinner on the Saturday evening, and an informal get-together on Friday evening.

Booking forms will go out in early spring 2017, but in order to help with planning, we should like to get an idea of the level of interest. Please email Margaret Birch on margaretcbirch@btinternet.com, putting 'CMYF IoW 2017' in the subject line.

BOOKING:

All members of the CMYF will receive a booking form
with the mailing of the CMYF Review in early March

Non-members are also very welcome; and should contact the CMYF
for a booking form by emailing cmyfemail(at)gmail.com


 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Studio Theatre, The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hants

The morning's activity is a guided walk round Eastleigh, the town Charlotte Yonge named.

It ends at Eastleigh Station, where Vivien Mallock's statue of Charlotte M Yonge is sited in the forecourt. This takes the form of a bench, with Charlotte seated at one end, musing over something she has written – so you can be photographed, sitting next to CMY!

After lunch there are four talks at The Point:

Introduction to Charlotte Yonge and her works - Penelope Wallace
Mary Anne Dyson of Dogmersfield - Alys Blakeway
The Johns Circle – Dr Melissa Hardie, joint author with Deirdre Dare, of A Passion for Nature, an account of the noted Johns family of Winchester: botanists, educators, and lovers of Cornwall
Anna and Mary Bramston - Julia Courtney


Click here for more on Melissa Hardie's book: http://hypatia-trust.org.uk/bookshop/cornwall-women-book


Non-members are also very welcome at this meeting.

Please contact the CMYF for a booking form by emailing cmyfemail(at)gmail.com

 

 

 


This meeting was on FRIDAY 24 April 2015 at
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

NB -- Please note that this is a FRIDAY meeting and is being tried out by way of an experiment (rather than our usual Saturdays)

Charlotte Yonge's father, William Crawley Yonge, fought at Waterloo in the 52nd Light Infantry, commanded by his relation Sir John Colborne.
Her father's army career was an important factor in forming CMY's ideal of heroism and service,
and numerous military characters are to be found in her works.
The bicentennial year of the battle is thus an excellent opportunity to celebrate William Yonge,
and to examine his daughter's representation of soldiers and heroes, real and imagined.

SPEAKERS:

Ian Yonge, family and military historian, will talk on
'William Crawley Yonge's military career and the controversial role of the 52nd Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo'.
For this he draws upon a range of materials, including WCY's own privately printed account of Sir John Colborne's career.

Dr Susan Walton (author of Imagining Soldiers and Fathers in the Mid-Victorian Era: Charlotte Yonge's Models of Manliness)
will speak on 'Charlotte Yonge and the Aftermath of Waterloo: Military Men in Reality and Imagination'.
Dr Walton is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Hull.
For more on the work of the Centre, click here.

ACTIVITIES:

The day includes a visit to the Firepower Museum; and afterwards there will be an opportunity
to see the nearby Royal Artillery Barracks and the Woolwich Heritage Centre.

BOOKING:

Non-members also very welcome

 

 


A meeting was held on Saturday 15 November, at the Swedenborg Hall (20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH).

The speaker was Dr Serena Trowbridge of Birmingham City University,
who spoke on CMY, the Gothic, medievalism and faith.



JOINT MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTE M YONGE FELLOWSHIP

AND THE LEWIS CARROLL SOCIETY


Saturday 26 April 2014

10.30 am to 5.00 pm

West Oxford Community Centre
Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT

Speakers

Ellen Jordan (co-editor of The Letters of Charlotte Mary Yonge):
'Introducing Charlotte M Yonge'

Edward Wakeling (editor of LC's diaries; co-author of Lewis Carroll, Photographer, 2002):
'Lewis Carroll's photography'

Mark Richards (past Chairman of LCS)
'Carroll, Yonge and 'Tangled Tales' in the Monthly Packet'

Clemence Schultze (Chair of CMYF)
'Photography in Yonge's novels'


Demonstration of Victorian wetplate collodion photography by John Brewer,
historical photographic artist and tutor

There will also be a small exhibition of Victorian photographic books,
a reading of extracts from Carroll's poem 'Hiawatha's Photographing',
and optional guided walks through Oxford and district to point out some locations of LC/CMY interest.

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Saturday 16 November 2013


LONDON

Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship AGM

Saturday 16 November 2013

Marchmont Room, Hughes Parry Hall, University of London,

19-26 Cartwright Gardens London WC1H

Morning

'The joys of church-building' (Abbeychurch): Charlotte Yonge's churches in fact and fiction

Barbara Dennis and Julia Courtney

Afternoon :

Why no sequel? Contributions and discussion:

We know and love Yonge's linked novels -- but why do some of the others have no sequel?





19 - 21 April 2013

TORQUAY


Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship met for a weekend at Torquay (Friday 19 - Sunday 21 April 2013).

The meeting included a visit to All Saints Church Babbacombe, with a talk by Dr Barbara Dennis, an expert on architect William Butterfield.

On Saturday 20 April there was be a day trip by coach to see the Puslinch area and other places of interest.

An opportunity to walk around Torquay and see places associated with CMY followed on Sunday morning.




Saturday 18 May 2013

LONDON WALK

A walk through the Belgravia area of London.

This walk took in various locations associated with the Oxford Movement, including places known to Yonge or mentioned in her works, as well as some Victorian churches.

The walk (two to three miles) was designed to allow people to drop in or drop out as they choose - or to use buses for part of the route.

Members not walking were also welcome to come for tea !


 

For more on Charlotte Yonge,
The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship,
and what is on this website

Click here

Characters & Scenes :

A new book of Yonge studies
published by CMYF

Click here to order

or

Click here for more details

Le Château de Melville. or The Young Ladies

Charlotte Yonge’s first published work, written (in French) when she was 15. Privately printed in 1839 in aid of Otterbourne Girls’ School, and never reprinted – until now ...

Click here for how to obtain


Charlotte M. Yonge was a leading Victorian novelist and a best-seller in her own time. Her books now attract considerable academic interest and still continue to appeal to the general reader. This collection of essays by Yonge specialists and scholars is published by the Charlotte M. Yonge Fellowship.

The book concludes with a transcript of the sermon preached shortly after Yonge's death, by Canon Robert Moberly at St Matthew's, Otterbourne, and an extensive bibliography of works by and about Yonge.

This collection of studies in Charlotte M. Yonge will therefore not only be welcomed by those who are already admirers of her books but will also introduce the life and work of this extraordinary Victorian writer to a much wider readership.

 

REVIEWER COMMENTS ON THIS BOOK

“A collection of essays which will interest newcomers to Yonge and confirmed devotees alike. Their emphasis on Yonge’s changing responses to a variety of religious, social and educational issues, over half a century of her writing life, challenges the conventional sepia tones of older accounts. ”

PROFESSOR ELISABETH JAY
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY


“Charlotte Yonge has been overlooked and belittled for far too long — perhaps this collection will be the beginning of a renaissance in Yonge studies.”

DR CHARLOTTE MITCHELL
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON


“An engaging review of Charlotte Yonge’s fiction by a body of real experts on her ‘domestic Robinson Crusoes’ — stories of moral and material survival in her legendary enormous families. The essays employ both innovative and traditional critical approaches to explore many aspects of her work, including what she read and what critics said about her, her interest in women’s work, and her consciousness of the body and its discomforts. New research on her ‘Goslings’ demonstrates the extent of her influence on the next generation of women writers. This is a fresh and readable reappraisal of Charlotte Yonge’s importance as a popular and serious Victorian novelist.”

PROFESSOR VALERIE SANDERS
UNIVERSITY OF HULL


“This collection of essays draws attention to the depth and insight offered by Yonge’s quite extraordinarily prolific writing career. Still a relatively neglected author, her work testifies to the significance of the domestic, indeed ‘feminine’ dimension of faith in the Victorian period. An impressive range of perspectives is offered by the different contributors, who explore everything from Yonge’s rather fugitive children’s pieces to her more mainstream novels.”

PROFESSOR DENNIS WALDER
OPEN UNIVERSITY


About Charlotte Yonge ...

"... the ideas that she promulgated through her books, through her personal influence and through her letters were actually major ideas for a key generation of Victorian women – the women born in the second half of the 1840's who went on to become the first generation of women head teachers, who founded the Girls' High Schools, and who became the Principals of the new women's colleges at various universities." (Julia Courtney, Open University)

"... one could say that this [Yonge's Monthly Packet] was one of the first teenage magazines that was ever written ... " (Amy de Gruchy, UCL)
"... she's not a feminist, but she doesn't say that being a woman lets you out of anything at all ... " (Julia Courtney, Open University)

About the Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship, and its website ...

This website is intended as a focus for scholarly and general information on the life and works of the Victorian novelist and writer Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823–1901).

Yonge was a best-selling author in her time. Her output was prodigious – over 250 works. Most were reprinted many times, and many were published all over the world in the orginal English and in translation.

Today, an increasing number of Yonge's works are available in commercial print editions and as cheap print-on-demand versions. About 100 of her works are available free online from Project Gutenberg, Google Books, and other libraries and agencies. You can read or download these directly from our list of works page.

There are now a couple of free talking books (from Librivox). Some of Yonge's works in Google Books may be difficult for you to download if you are in England or Europe – Google's lawyers seem to believe that some books published in England before 1901 – though in the public domain – are still subject to copyright in the UK !

Much of this website relates to her works, bringing together publication details, plot summaries, contemporary and modern reviews, links to texts in all formats, and general and scholarly material. We have a very extensive bibliography of Yonge-related publications, and we link to a range of other Victorian, literary and artistic sites.

Interest in the Victorian era and in women writers such as Charlotte Yonge is growing all the time, as the steadily-increasing total of Yonge-related theses and conference papers show.

If you know of, discover or write something which we could link to or include, whether scholarly or popular, please click here to send us details.

The Charlotte M Yonge Fellowship itself is open to everyone. It organises regular meetings in the UK. It also publishes a twice-yearly Review (free to members) and the more scholarly Journal. We have an archive of Yonge and Yonge-related works held at St Hugh's College in Oxford University. Fellowship members may use our Loan Collection of Charlotte Yonge works, and have unrestricted access to the extensive members' area of this CMYF website.

Membership is not at all expensive -- and joining is simple. See our membership page for how to join the Fellowship – and how surprisingly little it costs.


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