A Literary Advent Calendar (Full of Humbug)

Welcome to the literary advent calendar of Tübingen University’s English Department. This year’s topic is “Bah, Humbug! – A Celebration of the Playful and Nonsensical.” Open the doors to listen to our department’s members and students recite some of their favourite bits of literary humbug!

We want to thank all readers who lend their voices to this calendar. Special thanks goes to Leonie Kirchhoff, Tobias Kunz and Timo Stösser for organizing this christmas treat.

We wish all of our visitors a quiet and peaceful advent time and a merry Christmas 2018 (or Happy Holidays).

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(from Alice in Wonderland)
by Lewis Carroll

Read by Sara Rogalski

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From The Ascent
of Rum Doodle
by W. E. Bowman

Read by Leonie Kirchhoff


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From Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens

Read by Nicole Poppe

I object to being required
to model my proceedings

according to the proceedings
of the bee,
or the dog,
or the spider,
or the camel.

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From The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

Read by Lara Täuber

And so the problem remained;

lots of the people were mean,

and most of them were miserable,

even the ones with digital watches.


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\”Mac Flecknoe\”
by John Dryden

Read by Robert McColl

Shadwell alone my perfect image bears,

Mature in dullness from his tender years.

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\”The Name Game\”

originally performed by Shirley Ellis;
written by Shirley Ellis and Lincoln Chase

Read by Xinxin Zhao

Come on ev\’rybody,

I say now let\’s play a game,

I betcha I can make

a rhyme out of anybody\’s name.

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From Enoch Soames:
A Memory of the Eighteen-Nineties
by Max Beerbohm

Read by Miriam Lahrsow

It occurs to you

that he was a fool?

It didn\’t to me.

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\”The Naming of Cats\”
by T. S. Eliot

Read by Susanne Riecker

But I tell you, a cat needs a name that\’s particular,

A name that\’s peculiar, and more dignified,

Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,

Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?


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“Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”
by Roald Dahl

Read by Mirjam Haas

“Compared to her old Grandmamma

She’s going to taste like caviare”


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From Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

Read by Martina Bross

“To be, or not to be;

that is the bare bodkin”


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From Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman

Read by Inken Armbrust


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by Roald Dahl

Read by Sam Featherston


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From Lord Arthur Savile\’s Crime
by Oscar Wilde

Read by Lisa Ebert

My cheiromantist, Duchess;
I can\’t live without him at present…

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From How the Grinch stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss

Read by Fanni Weber

“The Grinch hated Christmas!
the whole Christmas season! /
Now, please don\’t ask why.
No one quite knows the reason.”

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“How to Make an Amblongus Pie”
by Edward Lear

Read by Alia Luley

“Take 4 pounds (say 4 1/2 pounds)
of fresh Amblongusses,

and put them in a small pipkin.”

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From “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
by Roald Dahl

Read by Natalia Christofourou

Did any of you ever know
a person called Miss Bigelow?



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From The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Read by Jessica Schuchert and Lea Zeifang


“This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose?”

“Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is.”



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“The Day the Saucers Came”
by Neil Gaiman

Read by Tobias Kunz

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead





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“Nonsense” in the Quest for the Holy Grail
by Monty Python

Read by Fione Rettenberger

What “Nonsense” ?





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From Jubilate Agno
by Christopher Smart

Read by Dan Poston

“For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.”





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From Catch 22
by Joseph Heller

Read by Timo Stösser





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From The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien

Read by Gamze Yasemin Caglar


All that the unsuspecting Bilbo
saw that morning was
an old man with a staff.



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“A Quadrupedremian Song”
by Thomas Hood

Read by Matthias Bauer

…And the wild Tigeroceros calf





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“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
by Dr. Seuss

Read by Michael Butter

He HADN\’T stopped Christmas from coming. IT CAME!

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!