mercoledì 1 giugno 2022

Notizie dal Notre Dame London Global Gateway, dove oggi si trova la Chesterton Library (oggi Chesterton Collection).



Dear Friends of the G.K. Chesterton Collection,
As the weather begins to turn the corner from spring into summer, we write to update you on the happenings around the Chesterton Collection here at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway.
We're very excited to announce that we've received a $10,000 grant from ND Research, the office at Notre Dame that promotes and supports efforts to enhance research opportunities at Notre Dame. This generous gift will be used to restore and digitize Chesterton's Toy Theatre. We've engaged the British Library's digitization team to assist in the work. It's very exciting to join with them in this effort, and we foresee an ongoing relationship with them as we move to preserve and digitize more of the items in the Collection over time.
Our long awaited and much anticipated Chesterton Conference will take place on Friday, October 28, 2022, at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway. We're excited to be welcoming several Chesterton scholars to gather and discuss their work on Chesterton, and the impact of this polymath on a whole array of fields. We would ask you to mark your calendars and know that you would be most welcome to attend.
Fr. Jim
Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C.
Senior Director for Academic Initiatives and Partnerships
Notre Dame London Global Gateway

News & Stories

Notre Dame London students explore the G.K. Chesterton Collection

This semester, students taking Hadas Elber-Aviram’s London in the Literature of the Fantastic course were some of the first to interact with the G.K. Chesterton Collection at the Notre Dame London Global Gateway. Having previously read the Father Brown novels via digital copies, access to the original physical manuscripts allowed the students a fuller experience, gaining insight into the author’s thoughts and experiences while writing the text. 
These students were among other classes: Literary Séance (Trish Bredar) and the Kennedy Scholars Research Seminar (Alice Tyrell and Charlotte Parkyn), who were also able to benefit from time spent with the collection!

A closer look

The Toy Theatre
During childhood, Chesterton's father introduced him to a toy theatre, a play device he would use for the rest of his life. Well into his adult life, Chesterton would write plays for his toy theatre, creating the illustrated characters and scenery from cardboard. As well as putting on plays for his own pleasure, Chesterton would put on plays for the children of Battersea, and later for the children of Beaconsfield. 
The images above are of the Spanish Toy Theatre. As well as his own scenery and characters, Chesterton used this beautiful commercial. 

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