Online Course: Reading Childhood – David Copperfield
What do you think of when you imagine Victorian children? Demure little things who are seen and not heard? This is certainly not true of the child characters of the great Victorian novelists. In Jane Eyre and David Copperfield, Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens show us how trauma can influence character development as well as spelling out the responsibilities adults have towards children. George Eliot and our own Elizabeth Gaskell give us rounded, observant and intelligent young girls in Maggie Tulliver (The Mill of the Floss) and Molly Gibson (Wives and Daughters). We will look at one of these characters each month and conclude our study by reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, where the readership is designed to be children themselves. Are there any differences?
Childhood is a very accessible subject (we were all children once) and it leads directly into some very big themes such as religion, social justice and human vulnerability. Come and join us!
This month’s session will focus on David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into 19th century writing. You are welcome to read the full novel or key extracts will be sent a fortnight in advance so you can prepare yourself to take part in the discussion. Sessions will take place on zoom and numbers are limited to allow an inclusive discussion with the chance for all to take part.
Every second Wed of the month* January – May 2024, 7-9pm
*February’s session is on the first Wed of the month to avoid Valentines Day
Wednesday 7 Feb – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Wednesday 13 March – Maggie Tulliver in Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Wednesday 10 April – Molly Gibson from Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Wednesday 8 May – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
£12 per session
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7pm - 9pm