historical genre


Thomas Francis Dicksee (1819–1895, Engand)

Characters from Shakespeare

Thomas Francis Dicksee was an English painter, primarily a portraitist and painter of historical, genre subjects — often from Shakespeare. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1841 until the year of his death. His brother John Robert Dicksee was also a painter, and his children, Frank and Margaret likewise became painters. In The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Herbert Dicksee is given as his son also, but according to the City of London School, where Herbert taught, he was the son of John Robert Dicksee.

'Outlander's Sam Heughan may be the handsome, humble star of Hollywood's dreams
The native Scot has become a fan obsession for his work on 'Outlander,'

There are two important things to know about Sam Heughan: He’s as nice as his social media persona and work on Outlander suggest. And he is that attractive in real life.

Even after a week of nonstop appearances promoting the third season of the hit Starz fantasy drama, (Sundays, 8 ET/PT), he’s all winks and Scottish charm, joking about getting bad takeout salad stuck in his teeth and fanboying over Whoopi Goldberg.

“We’re going on The View, and I’d say 75% of people there were Outlander fans and they were just so enthusiastic, and I’m like, ‘There’s Whoopi Goldberg’!” Heughan, 37, laughs.

He still genuinely seems shocked by how many fans the show has amassed — and there are many — but he’s quick to praise them.

“They were just really happy to see us. I felt very lucky,” he says. “I’m beginning to realize, I don’t think every other TV show has that kind of support.“

That might sound insincere if Heughan didn’t have that rare combination of charisma and humility. At a time when so many of your faves are problematic — the tabloid mess of Hiddleswift and Brangelina, the airing of Joss Whedon’s dirty laundry — that down-to-Earth air feels refreshingly pure.

It’s as if he was plucked from a hilltop in Scotland and dropped into Hollywood. And fans, as well as casting directors and major brands, are eating it up.

"Why did we do it? We met him a little over a year ago in New York at an event we were hosting and he’s just such a nice guy,” says Barbour general manager Tom Hooven about signing Heughan as the fashion brand’s first global ambassador.

The partnership has worked so well they’ve signed him for two more years, and are releasing a collection he helped design later this month.

His lack of pretense may stem from the fact that his 2013 casting in  Outlander, the historical fantasy series set in Scotland and based on the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon, came asHeughan was questioning his career choice.  

“I was a little like, not disillusioned, but certainly looking at my life. I was 30, maybe 33. I had toured a lot, did bit parts in TV and theater, was just coming back from America where I tested on a lot of big TV shows and films but still not sort of broken that barrier yet,“ he says. "I think I was just looking at life going, 'Is this what i’m going to be doing for the next 10 to 20 years?'”

Turns out, he was on the precipice of a major change. He got a call from his agent, after returning to Scotland following a string of rejections in L.A., with a script for the part of Jamie Fraser, the highlander who falls in love with Claire, a nurse from the 1940s who has  traveled back in time after touching standing stones while on vacation outside Inverness.

“I read it, and I just knew that I knew that character.”

He was quickly brought onboard, and helped with the casting of his co-star Caitriona Balfe. The pair’s chemistry has helped the show become a ratings boon for the premium-cable network  and a social media phenomenon.

It also got him the attention of director Susanna Fogel, who hired him, alongside Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, for feature film The Spy Who Dumped Me, due next summer, after an audition via iPad as he was shooting Outlander’s new season in South Africa. It was enough, however, to convince producers he was ready to break out from the historical fantasy genre for a high-budget comedy thriller.

Heughan plays a federal agent in the film, which follows two 30-year-old best friends Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon) in Los Angeles, who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment followed by a team of deadly assassins on his trail. 

“Sam is that rare actor with such a breadth of talent that he can effortlessly move between genres. In our film, we asked him to do it all, and he did,” Fogel said via email from Budapest, where filming is nearly complete.  "He’s a bona fide action star one minute, a grounded dramatic actor the next, and a comedic foil for Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis throughout.“

The film may be the next break he was waiting for, hurtling him to a permanent place on the silver screen and giving fans a full-blown movie star to fawn over.

"It was exciting to give him an opportunity to explore a different tone and dynamic in his work and watch him master it like he did, and I can’t wait to see what he does next,” Fogel says.

The Heughlians couldn’t agree more.

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School Dramas:

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Sageuks/Historical Dramas:

  • Tree With Deep Roots - !!!!
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Action Dramas:

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Psychological Dramas:

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Romantic Comedy Dramas:

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Romance Dramas:

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Slice-of Life

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!: Enjoyed the whole show and watched from beginning to end
!!: Enjoyed the whole show, watched from beginning to end, couldn’t wait a whole week and never skipped
!!!: Enjoyed the whole show, watched from beginning to end, couldn’t wait a whole week, never skipped, had been ultimate faves for years, will become a ‘classic’ from a decade from now (in my opinion)
!!!!: That’s it, bam, #imdone when watching every second of the show, ultimate all time fave, tear jerker to the max, WARNING: don’t watch if you are a heart-patient, perfect cast, perfect OST, perfect costumes, perfect acting, perfect set, the ending is the ending of your life, leelee-couple for the fucking win.

the historicity of queerness in black sails, pt. 1

Hello, Tumblr! Let’s talk about pirates, queer stuff, and historical accuracy

There’s been renewed talk in certain spaces this week about queer narratives in historical drama. This has been spurred almost entirely by the series finale of Black Sails, which made the (distressingly) controversial decision to end its four-year run by giving its queer protagonists a largely happy ending.

If any show currently airing was going to take such a leap, it was always going to be Black Sails, which from the outset possessed a keen interest in exploring queer narratives. This was seen–correctly–as being something almost unheard of among historical dramas: a genre whose queer characters, if any, are relegated to the status of minor character or tragic subplot. But why is this, and why did Black Sails provoke some ire for heading in the opposite direction? There is an easy answer; an assumption lurking in the undertow of many an irate Facebook or Reddit comment: queer people in the 18th century didn’t get happy endings, did they?

This is part of a bigger question: There were no gay people then, right? In other words, characters can’t be openly gay in the show, because they killed men for that, didn’t they, and isn’t this supposed to be a ‘historical’ drama? So: how accurate is the queerness in Black Sails? Let’s take a look at some history.

Trigger warning for discussions of period-typical homophobia and a brief mention of rape. 

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Lovers of Books [Jason Todd x Reader]

Requested by @memento-amare: “How about reader and Jason meet in a bookstore and bond over similar taste in books? Just a note the “friends to lovers” trope would be really cute here, but I am gonna leave that up to you lol“


It’s a true statement to say you’re an avid book lover. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical, you’ve read every genre. Though your favorites being classic Literature. You couldn’t get enough of it. So your parents owning a book store was a god send.

Except for when they were out of town, leaving you to tend to the store and it’s customers, most of those being regulars. Very rarely you’d get someone new to visit your parent’s quaint corner bookstore.

It made things rather boring, especially now.

Leaning against the counter, chin resting in your hand whilst re-reading your personal copy of Pride and Prejudice. Hearing the bell above the door ring you called, “Welcome to [L/n] Family Books, if you need anything feel free to ask” not bothering to look away from the page.

Completely unbeknownst to the handsome, blue eyed, six foot, raven-haired male to just enter the store. 

He went on about his business skimming the shelves as you continued on with reading about the flaw that is Mr. Darcy’s pride. Stuck in the book until you were lured away by a deep voice.

“Excuse me” eyes flickering up from the page to meet stunning blue hues. “Oh, uh, sorry.” Setting the book down. “What can I do for you?”

“Don’t worry about it. Do you know if you have any Hemingway?” Shocked a bit at the author. Not many people around his age, which must be close to your own, read the legend unless they were assigned too. “Oh yes of course” stepping from behind the counter.

Heading to the Classic Lit section. “Anything in particular?” you glanced back at him. “Yeah, The Sun Also Rises?” he questioned.

“Ah, a good choice” you smiled stopping in the front of the bookshelves. “You’ve read it?” he inquired.

“I have, I was surprised to hear you request Hemingway. I don’t normally get requests for it for people under 40.” You chuckled.

“Looks like we’re both two of a kind then” he smiled. You reached up slipping the book from it’s place. “I guess so” handing it to him

“Awesome” he smiled whilst skimming the first page. You took the moment to get a full look at him. He had to be at least six foot, and his arms were huge! Damn he looked solid. Eyes immediately catching the white streak that ran in the front of his hair. You couldn’t help but wonder if it was natural.

Realizing your staring you blushed before saying, “I can ring you out whenever you’re ready” making your way back to the register.

“Thank you, uh” he paused where a name would be. “[F/n]. [F/n] [L/n]” holding out a hand.

He took it, “Ah, [F/n]. I’m Jason. Jason Todd”

You smiled before retracting your hand and returning to your own book. Once he was finished he found two more books and came over. You were impressed by the roster. Devil in the White City, The Sun Also Rises, and Martin Dressler.

“Oh wow I love this book” You commented picking up Devil in the White City. “Really no way! I had to get a new copy of it my brother spilled his coffee on it.” He laughed, a genuine smile gracing his face.

“Oh my god I would commit murder” You laughed totaling up the books. “Trust me I came close, my other brothers had to hold me back when he told me” You laughed, not realizing how true the statement actually was.

“Well your total is $21.09“ you smiled as he pulled out his wallet. “I’m going to have to come back here, usually I’d be paying like $30 for three books” handing you the money. Putting it in the register and giving him his change. “You should, it’s not often we see new faces. Everyone has gone online but I don’t get how you can enjoy a book without paper”

“I know right. But I really should go before my family thinks I fell down a well. It was nice meeting you [F/n] I hope it’s not the last time” taking yhe bag before sending you a charming smile. “I hope that too” smiling back before he made his leave.

And it was indeed not the last time you’d see Jason. He started by visiting once a week, then it was twice, then it was every other day. He really had taken a liking to the store and you guys became friends by bonding over books. Often recommending books for the other, you had even helped him pick out a book for someone named Alfred who’s birthday was that week.

Every time he came in when you were there you’d always insist on helping him even though your parents offered.

And today was no different. You were doing some re-stocking in the back when you heard the door chime. “Good morning Mr. and Mrs. [L/n] is [F/n] here today?” he asked coming to the counter.

“Good morning Jason, Yes –” your mother began but you emerged from behind the curtain. “Good morning Jason” you greeted with a smile. Your parents chuckling at the timing. They were well aware of your feelings toward the man, able to tell the first time they saw you helping him.

“Well we’ll leave you both to it. We’ll finish your restocking” Your father smiled before retreating into the back room with your mother.

“So what can I do ya for today?” grinning at him. “Hemingway? Shakespeare?”

“Uh I’m actually not here for books today“ Scratching the back of his neck nervously. 

“Really, what’s up?“ Face contorting into one that of confusion. “I was actually wondering when your lunch break was?” not meeting your eyes.

“Oh” feeling a heat rise to your cheeks. “It can be really whenever” smiling at the ground. Both shy like a couple of teenagers.

“Well uh, would you like to, um” meeting your eyes. “God why am I nervous I feel like I’m in high school” he laughed as you did the same. “Okay lets try again. [F/n] would you go to lunch with me today? You know, like a date?”

You blushed before bashfully smiling at the floor. “I’d love too” meeting his eyes again.

“Great, would you like to go now?” he asked gesturing to the door. “Yeah, sure. Let me get my coat” turning and going behind the counter. Slipping you jacket on and grabbing your bag.

Poking your head in the back room, “I’m taking my lunch break be back soon!” yelling to your parents. “Okay sweetie have fun” your mother called back.

Meeting Jason’s side again he offered you an arm, “Shall we?”

Grinning you linked yours with his, “We shall”

anonymous asked:

I was reading a contemporary review of The Lord of the Rings when I discovered mention of a series called "Biography of the Life of Manuel", which according to Wikipedia, had posters made of the fictional setting's map at the height of it's popularity in the 20s. Heard of it before? Anything worth digging into?

Their star has certainly dimmed somewhat over the decades, but the Poictesme books by James Branch Cabell are absolutely worth reading! The first and best book, Figures of the Earth, is in the public domain, and I recommend you check it out. 

Here’s a trivia question: who were the two most popular and influential fantasy and genre writers of the early 20th Century? 

If you answered some combination of Tolkien, Lovecraft, or Robert E. Howard, you’re wrong. They were not well known in their own time and were only rediscovered decades later (Tolkien and Lovecraft by the 60s counterculture, and Howard by the paperback boom, mostly thanks to the instantly iconic Frazetta covers). The two most famous and influential writers of what today we’d call fantasy, at the time, were James Branch Cabell and Abraham Merritt, two writers that, today, are mostly forgotten. 

I am going to talk about Abraham Merritt a little later when I do another “Dead Fandoms” bit, but James Branch Cabell is interesting because he was basically an Umberto Eco type, in that, like works like Eco’s Baudolino, he set it in a fantastical version of the past where you’re not sure where history ends and the fantasy begins. And like Umberto Eco, and like Vonnegut too, because he’s literary and good, people don’t often think of Cabell as a genre writer, one of the many little hypocritical double standards that keep scifi and fantasy in a ghetto. He reminds me a lot of my favorite fantasy novel, which does a lot of the same things, Tim Powers’ On Stranger Tides.

The first great book in the series, Figures of the Earth, was the story of Manuel, an unchivalrous cowherd in the fictional southern French region of Poictesme who rises up to become Count in humorous and often anti-heroic ways; it often feels like a Don Quixote type wiseass deconstruction of knight and fairy stories. Manuel is a gloomy, cynical guy who doesn’t enjoy the high station he achieved, who’s worldview is reflected in his coat of arms,  Mundus vult decipi, or  “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.”

Why is it that Cabell no longer occupies the position of THE fantasy author? Partly, it’s that his work relies on humor, and what counts as funny changes very quickly. Also, historically, guys in ghettoized genres that are widely read and critically acclaimed in genre writing don’t have lasting popularity; just take a look at scifi’s Philip Wyle, author of When Worlds Collide and Gladiator, who was influential in his own day and widely read even by normies, but who, today isn’t as important as the pure genre guys who put-putted along in the pulps like Asimov and Clarke before bursting out. 

Rather, I’d say the reason we don’t read Poictesme as much as we used to, is that the most important moment in the entire history of the genre we call fantasy was when the counterculture of the 1960s, the hippies, started to pay attention to it, and this caused a realignment as to what works were “central” to the genre (Tolkien, who was good but ignored, was in, and Cabell and Merritt were out). One of the most important books of the 20th Century was The Morning of the Magicians, printed in 1963, which not only created the “New Age Movement” as we know it today, and is patient zero for every single occult and paranormal oddity we see in the culture today. 

In Morning of the Magicians, the authors specifically mention a writer who was then mostly forgotten, but who appealed to their sense of unreality and cosmic oddity: H.P. Lovecraft. (Strictly speaking, Lovecraft isn’t a fantasy author by today’s standards, but this is typical of the genre fluidity that existed in early fantasy; the strictly non-supernatural Gormenghast books were once considered fantasy, too). It absolutely makes a difference that one of the most important and widely read works of the 20th Century brought up Tolkien and Lovecraft, and they embodied more of what that generation wanted to see in fantasy, like a sense of loss and love of the natural world, a hostility to modernism, etc. Cabell’s gloomy Tim Burton-goes-to-Oz books were less important. That re-alignment of the fantasy genre’s core works was downright seismic, and it’s shaped what we’ve been dealing with ever since.