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: Online Event: Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot – Wives and Daughters V Middlemarch

'One must not judge others.' Two giants of Victorian literature, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot were very different in almost every way. George Eliot was private and intellectual while Elizabeth was outgoing, gossipy and deeply shocked by the scandal of her fellow writer's personal life. So how did these differences affect their work? How did they approach similar themes such as provincial life, women's education, humorous characters and the inner life? What are the similarities (and differences) in

: Online Event – Unmarried Women: A Life of Freedom?

Elizabeth Gaskell’s last novel, Wives and Daughters, explored the position of women in 19th century society and the pressure on them to marry. Her book had much to say about marriage, including storylines like Mrs Gibson’s marriage of necessity, Cynthia’s secret engagement and Molly’s hoped-for love-match. Now we compare fiction with reality in this special dual talk on Unmarried Women. Firstly, popular speaker Elizabeth Williams explores the life and options for unmarried women in Wives and Daughters and

: Online Event: As Seen on Screen – Costume in TV Adaptations

Join Curator Elinor Camille-Wood as she takes you on a riotous journey through the fabulously outrageous fashions of the 1830s, the time Elizabeth Gaskell set her novel, Wives and Daughters. Discover what the characters would have worn from large sleeves to intricate hairstyles in a period of flamboyant ladies and fashionable gentleman. The talk will include a discussion about the costumes worn in the 1999 BBC adaptation of Wives and Daughters and other notable on screen dramas such

: Online Event: Wives and Daughters V Mansfield Park – The Domestic Novel

Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell are two of the nation's best-loved authors. Rightly lauded for their classic works, they are often depicted as writing about marriage and the narrow social confines of women's lives. Now, we look at them afresh as we explore the 'domestic novel' of the 19th century. Many Georgian and Victorian stories focused on the life of girls from the gentry, or middle-classes, and the minutiae of their daily lives. Austen's classic novel Mansfield Park

: Online Event: Women Writers – An International Conversation

Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Emily Carr and L.M. Montgomery were women writers whose work and art reflected their time and sense of place. So how did they engage with the wider world? What were the international influences on their writing? How did cross-Atlantic themes impact their writing and do they still speak to us today? To mark International Women’s Day, we’re looking at four cherished women writers, Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell from the UK and L.M. Montgomery