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Reading the Nineteenth Century – The Woman in White

Nineteenth-century novelists are not only masterful storytellers, but also valuable witnesses of their times. In this monthly course, we will be reading Victorian novels in the light of what they tell us about the age in which they were written.  What were the issues that concerned our forebears?

Predictably drugs, alcohol, love, the position of women, religion, social justice – sounds familiar?

This course is for the general reader who wants to delve a little more deeply into their reading. Participants will be expected to read all four novels ahead of the monthly discussions, and to share their ideas with the rest of the group.

The course will run 7-9pm on Wednesdays

25 April – Wilkie Collins explores femaleness, the position of women and much more in his psychological thriller, The Woman in White.
23 May – In our fifth and final session, participants will introduce a novel of their own choice which has something to say about Nineteenth-century society. Help will be given with the selection.

The seminars are led by Sherry Ashworth, writer and Visiting Teaching Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University.

25th Apr 2018

7pm - 9pm


a whispering of leaves and perfume of flowers always pervaded the rooms

Charlotte Brontë, on visiting 84 Plymouth Grove