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Online Talk: Monsters and Madness? Women Writing Horror

‘I was sometimes almost certain that I heard a noise as if some one was playing on the great organ in the hall.’ The Old Nurses Tale by Elizabeth Gaskell

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the mad Mrs Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, women have been at the forefront of gothic and horror for centuries. When not trapping their heroines in spooky castles or abbeys, female writers like Elizabeth Gaskell have often written about the collision between insanity, domesticity and motherhood. Join us this Halloween for a spooky treat as Dr Diane Duffy looks again at monsters and madness in women’s literature.

The discussion will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.

Fantastic talk, really enjoyable and well-presented and organised.

Wednesday 26 October, 7-8pm

£4 per ticket

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26th Oct 2022

7pm - 8pm

I'm afraid we must do some shopping

Elizabeth Gaskell 1863