The Gaskell Society and its partners host a year-round programme of meetings and special events, most of which are open to everyone. We’re very friendly – and we’d love to meet you, whether or not you choose to join the Society.
London & South East Gaskell Society Meeting
9 May, 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm£5
Eco-Gothic and Mary Barton
A talk by Dr Lindsey Stewart
This talk will consider how Mary Barton presents emotional and psychological distress and argue that, in this novel, Gaskell uses eco-gothic tropes to frame the environment as pathological.
Lindsey is a member of our branch and a Visiting Fellow in the English Department at the Open University, having received her PhD from the OU last year. She is currently converting her research, which considered the medical and cultural uses of the Victorian psychiatric idea of monomania, into a monograph. She recently published ‘Monomania in Mary Barton (1848)’ in the Journal of Victorian Culture and has a forthcoming chapter on the short fiction of best-selling author Dinah Craik in an essay collection, The Woman Question and Fiction 1850 – 1930.
All meetings are held at Francis Holland School for Girls, 39 Graham Terrace London SW1W 8JF. The school is only a three-minute walk from Sloane Square tube station on the District and Circle line. This central location means that the meeting is convenient for anyone interested in Elizabeth Gaskell’s writing.
Everyone is welcome any time after 12.45pm – please bring a packed lunch. Talks begin at 2pm and usually last about an hour. Each talk is followed by questions, and then tea is served.
At each meeting there is a bring-and-buy book stall in aid of The Gaskell House in Manchester. Please bring any books that you wish to rehome and which will be of interest to other members, marked with an appropriate price. If, at the end of the meeting, your books have not been sold, we will ask you to take them away with you again.
Come along – you will be sure of a friendly welcome!
As you’ll appreciate, arrangements can change, so please be sure to check details before you leave home.