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Looking Back: Introducing Neo-Victorian Fiction

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April 2013

The recent Olympic opening ceremony, watched by an estimated one billion people from every corner of the world, spent a lot of its time in the nineteenth-century. Victorian Britain’s industrial heart grew from the rural idyll described in Victorian hymnody such as Jerusalem. Britain’s nineteenth century was characterised by industry, development, and graft. Characterised, also, by the beginnings of social justice; the fight for women’s suffrage was also included in the ceremony. It says much about what was included by also, what was left out.

Why do we love the Victorians so much? Why do they play such a central role in the cultural life of the UK and beyond? Rosie Miles (Senior Lecturer in English, University of Wolverhampton) and Louisa Yates (Director of Collections and Research, Gladstone's Library) offer the chance to explore our enduring fascination the Victorians, both on the page and on the screen. The course offers the chance examine the many ways in which they are brought back to life.’ How do we ‘remake’ the Victorians in the twenty-first century? We’ll be focussing in detail on Sarah Waters’ novel Tipping the Velvet (1998), including watching the screen adaptation.

The inclusive course fee (£150 - £175) covers morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bed and breakfast. Non-residential prices, Clergy and Student discounts are available on request.

To book call 01244 532350 or email


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