Marie Duval's Mountaineering Bustle

with Simon Grennan 

Sunday 17th November | 12:30 - 14:00 | Abbot Hall Social Centre

Join Simon Grennan for a rollercoaster introduction to the vicissitudes of Victorian bustles and mountain climbing, corsets, crampons and filthy foreign money, as seen by Marie Duval.

Climbing mountains is a tricky business. It’s not just the vertiginous heights, the water, wind and ice. You also need the kit. The harness and helmet, cams and nuts, carabiners and cordelettes. What if you also had to wear a corset, bustle and button boots? In the 1870s, maverick London cartoonist Marie Duval climbed the heights of mirth by drawing comic strips about the English abroad, on mountaineering holidays and mountain tours.

About the author

Simon Grennan is a graphic novellist and scholar of comic strips. His most recent book, Drawing in Drag by Marie Duval, continues the work of Marie Duval, his co-authored 2018 book which showcased the work of a forgotten Victorian cartoonist for the first time. He is also author of A Theory of Narrative Drawing (2017), and Dispossession, a graphic adaptation of Trollope’s John Caldigate, which was named as one of The Guardian’s Books of the Year in 2015. He is Leading Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chester.