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Reading the Nineteenth Century – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Wednesday 10 February, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


It’s back! The sell-out reading course is now going online! Join Sherry Ashworth in this perennially popular reading course, hosted by Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, to explore depictions of motherhood in the nineteenth-century novel. How was the mother seen in Victorian times? Was she a domestic angel, designed for this sacred role? What about the ‘fallen woman’ as mother?

To answer these questions and more, we’ll be reading a range of classic texts that shine a spotlight on motherhood in Victorian Britain: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters; Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, Margaret Oliphant’s Hester and George Moore’s Esther Waters.

Our second session will explore Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The course is suitable for the general reader who wants to delve deeper into reading the nineteenth-century. Grab your book and hunker down for some cosy winter reading, and then join the session for a fun and informative closer look at the text and the context of the novel.

Readers will be encouraged to discuss the book during the Zoom session, under Sherry’s expert guidance. Numbers will be limited to allow an inclusive discussion with chance for all to take part.

Tickets £10

This is a five-month course. You can come to one or two, or all of the sessions, to suit your interests.

Remaining dates:

  • March 10: Charles Dickens’ Bleak House
  • April 14: Margaret Oliphant’s Hester
  • May 12: George Moore’s ‘Esther Waters’

***Please note: this is an online event. Links to join the Zoom session can be found on your e-ticket **** Book using the link below.