Elizabeth Gaskell – Selected Works (Author Cranford, North and South)


Residential course

Greta Depledge

16 February 2021 to 18 February 2021

From £226 Non-residential fee

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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.

Residential Fees From: £338.   Non Residential: £226

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.

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.