LRL Morsel is an excellent opportunity to learn new ways of approaching a book in a single session – great if you’re pushed for time or want to tickle your taste buds before deciding to join me on one of my standard 6 week courses.
What could be better than the prospect of spending two hours absorbed in discussion about books?
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Tues. 25th April (10 am- 12) sold out
Thurs. 27th April (10 am – 12) sold out
Set in wild, beguiling Jamaican scenery, Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of Creole heiress, Antoinette Mason, whose childhood in the West Indies and doomed marriage to Mr Rochester, is narrated with unflinching honesty. Through Antoinette’s narrative, Rhys exposes the tensions and anxieties that grew in the aftermath of the Emancipation Act, as well as the racial and sexual exploitation at the heart of Europe’s colonial enterprise.
Wide Sargasso Sea is best known as a prequel to Jane Eyre: Rhys vividly imagines Rochester’s time in the West Indies when he met Bertha and questions the truth on which he bases his conviction that she is mad. Yet this is also a novel that can and indeed should be read for its own sake. My Spring Morsel will give you the chance to learn more about the contexts, themes, ideas and techniques that earned Rhys’s novel its status as a literary masterpiece of the twentieth century.
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Archive, Christmas by the fireside with The Turn of the Screw
Convinced that Bly – the fictional name of the remote country house in which the action of Henry James’s chilling tale is set – is haunted, the narrator-governess turns ghost-sleuth in an attempt to save the endangered souls of her young charges, Miles and Flora. But what if the skills of logical inference that she applies to solve this ghostly mystery are inadequate? What if the governess is unreliable, subject to obsessive behaviour and imaginative flights of fancy? One of the most chilling aspects of James’s tale is that it resists any easy answers to the questions it throws up. In this class you will learn about the different debates surrounding the “meaning” of the novella, the ways in which it employs and complicates the conventions of the ghost story, and how it engages in contemporary debates about spiritualism, detection and crime.