Charles Dickens – Our Mutual Friend


Residential course

Greta Depledge

23 October 2020 to 25 October 2020

From £233 Non-residential fee

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In Our Mutual Friend Dickens uses the symbols of the River Thames, money and dust heaps to explore the themes of greed, death, identity, social inequality in this, his last completed novel, which G K Chesterton said had that ‘great Dickens quality of being something which is pure farce and yet which is not superficial; an unfathomable farce – a farce that goes down to the roots of the universe.’

This course will explore the novel Our Mutual Friend in detail, considering both its literary qualities and significance and the many themes it explores including:  greed, death, identity and social inequality.

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, Greta Depledge. Victorian Secrets Publishing, September 2009.
Her Father’s Name, Florence Marryat, Greta Depledge. Victorian Secrets Publishing, October 2009.
The Blood of the Vampire, Florence Marryat, Greta Depledge. Victorian Secrets Publishing, July 2010.
Further publications and details of conference presentations and public lectures can be found at

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.