Never the Twain

North and South & Nice Work

A Northern industrial city in the mid-nineteenth century; a post-industrialist Midlands city in the Thatcherite 1980s. A middle-class Southern girl and a gruff Northern mill owner; a feminist English Literature specialist (specialism: the Victorian industrial novel) and a factory manager with a taste for power ballads. Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and David Lodge’s Nice Work explore contrasts and opposites and how love and mutual understanding might (or might not) be able to heal and unite. In this course, we’ll look at the conventions of the Victorian industrial novel as they are shaped by Gaskell and parodied by Lodge. Through Gaskell’s resourceful Margaret Hale and Lodge’s combative Robyn Penrose, we’ll examine how women struggle to resolve conflicts within themselves and towards a capitalist world forged by men.

Date: Tuesdays 1st May – 26th 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 £285 for eight 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.