‘The Road Less Travelled’

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall & Villette

Both texts have long been unfavourably compared with the more celebrated Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights despite sharing the same kind of subversive qualities: Anne’s ‘tenant’ is a single mother living in hiding from her depraved alcoholic husband whilst Villette is a blazing piece of writing, uncompromising in its depiction of the effects of repressed passion on the psyche of its narrator-governess, Lucy Snowe. “Villette, Villette!” wrote George Eliot, “it is still a more wonderful book than Jane Eyre.” I couldn’t agree more. We will delve deep into the novels’ key themes, consider aspects of narrative style and explore the way they approach issues about the place of women and marriage in mid-Victorian society.

Date: Thursdays 18th May – 29th June (10am – 12 noon)
Dates are inclusive of May half term when classes are suspended

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Courses are bought as a package and cost £240 for six sessions of two hours each. This includes tea and home-made cake provided in the break. I charge in advance and this invoice must be paid before beginning the course. Please note that groups are limited to 6 people and get booked up very quickly.