Charmian Knight - Witches and the Woman Question

Thursday 23 February, 11-12pm and 2-3pm


Lecture summary:

Most readers today find the women in Dickens problematic, which is all the more reason to confront the contradictions in them. In this talk, Charmian will explore characters revealing traditional fears about powerful women (as in Gothic) alongside those which dramatise the perceived threat of contemporary pre-feminism.


Whether in school teaching, voluntary work or adult education, Charmian’s priority has always been to share her enthusiasm for literature. She began by reading English at Oxford, and has been reading ever since. Recent work, centring on 19th-century fiction and its context, has included organising day schools and summer schools, co-authoring two books, and being on the editorial panel of the journal Brontë Studies.

Booking information:

Suitable for: AS, A-Level and IB students

Length: Lecture is 60 minutes. Please allow time before or after the lecture to see the display

Group size: minimum 10, maximum 30

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