A Decade of Sensation


Residential course

Greta Depledge

12 March 2021 to 14 March 2021

From £233 Non-residential fee

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This course will explore three successful writers of Victorian sensation fiction.

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood and Wilkie Collins were hugely successful writers and were key figures in the popular sub-genre of sensation fiction in the 1860s and 1870s.  Detailing transgressive characters through whom the complexities of Victorian middle-class morality were laid bare, sensation novels scandalised many contemporary reviewers and this weekend course will explore every thrill, scandal and thought-provoking theme in three best-selling sensation novels: The Woman in White; Lady Audley’s Secret; East Lynne.

This course will consider the significance of sensation novels in their literary context and explore the range of themes and contemporary issues that novelists wove into their tales of scandal and sensation.

Residential Fees From: £348.   Non Residential: £233

Tutor information

Dr Greta Depledge has a BA (Hons) in English Literature, an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD (Female maladies, medical practice and literary culture 1860-1900), awarded by Birkbeck College, University of London.
Greta has many years’ experience in teaching, tutoring and lecturing roles in a wide range of HE and FE establishments. She delivers meticulously prepared courses with enthusiasm in an atmosphere that is relaxed and cheerful whilst intellectually challenging. She presents her research at public lectures and at academic conferences.

Greta has worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London, as an Associate Tutor for the Open University, as a Visiting Tutor for the Centre for Continuing Education at Reading University and at the Faculty for Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck College, University of London and as a Tutor for the WEA.
Publications associated with Dr Greta Depledge
Medicine and Literature of the Macabre: Vampires, Villains and Vivisectionists 1860-1900. Completed manuscript out for peer review.
Second Book Project – in progress.
Edited Collections
The Female Body in Medicine and Literature – edited collection with Andrew Mangham. Liverpool University Press, February 2011.
The Dead Man’s Message, Florence Marryat, ed.by Greta Depledge. Victorian Secrets Publishing, September 2009.
Her Father’s Name, Florence Marryat, ed.by Greta Depledge. Victorian Secrets Publishing, October 2009.
The Blood of the Vampire, Florence Marryat, ed.by Greta Depledge. Victorian Secrets Publishing, July 2010.
Further publications and details of conference presentations and public lectures can be found at www.drgretadepledge.weebly.com

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.