This course will appeal to people familiar with the works of this writer and those who are new to her writing.
Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of a number of novels including Cranford and North and South. She is also known as friend of Charlotte Bronte and she wrote the first biography of Charlotte Bronte. This course will explore a number of novels written by this author who used her fiction to respond to the increasing industrialisation of the time. Her fiction explores issues of class, position of women, town vs country and provides readers with gripping story lines and compelling characterisation. The novels we will discuss will be Mary Barton, Ruth and North and South. Students would find it helpful to have a copy of these texts with them for the duration of the course.
Dinner Tuesday 23 – Lunch Thursday 25 June
Tutor: Dr Greta Depledge
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.
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.