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Online Course: Forgotten Novels – The Hidden Stories of the 19th and early 20th Century

Sherry Ashworth is back with a new course to rediscover some of the forgotten women novelists of the Victorian and Edwardian era. Women’s writing was often dismissed as romantic, sensationalist and lesser than men’s writing. So can we reclaim these neglected women’s novels?

Under Sherry’s expert guidance you can discover a range of ‘new’ writing starting with Elizabeth Gaskell’s own overlooked short novel, Cousin Phillis. Then tuck into lesser known works to discover stories about female power and Victorian business, unrequited love in London’s Jewish community and a Bengali feminist science-fiction utopia. Perfect for extending your knowledge of Victorian literature and finding some new favourite writers along the way.

This month’s session will focus on Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Grab your ticket and enjoy some reading ready for a fun and informative look at the forgotten novels of the past.

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into 19th and early 20th century writing. Readers will be encouraged to discuss works during the Zoom sessions and numbers are limited to allow an inclusive discussion with chance for all to take part.

7-9pm each second Wed of the month 2022

Sept 14th              Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell (1864)

Oct 12th                 Hester by Margaret Oliphant (1883)

Nov 9th                  Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy (1888)

Dec 14th                Sultana’s Dream by Royeka Hossain (Begum Royeka) (1905)

£10 per session

“Loved this course and previous courses by Sherry. Uplifting, informative and has introduced me to some great books that I may not have otherwise read. This has been one of the highlights of each month.” Visitor to online events

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Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is run by Manchester Historic Buildings Trust (charity no. 1080606) and all money gained through private tours, talks, room hire and ticket sales goes towards the ongoing maintenance and running costs of the house. If you would like to support the house with an additional donation you can do so via this link.

14th Sep 2022

7pm - 9pm

We've got a house...it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.