Inaugural Meeting of the London Gaskell Reading Group

Tuesday 27 April 2010, 6-8pm, Roehampton University

Convenors: Alison Lundie (Roehampton) and Louise Lee (King’s College London).

The convenors write: ‘This exciting new interdisciplinary reading group unites Gaskell enthusiasts, undergraduates, postgraduates and academics from across London and the south east to discuss and celebrate one of the most distinctive voices in nineteenth-century fiction. In the bicentenary of Gaskell’s birth, we shall be reading a range of her work from major novels to some of the lesser-known short stories, considering such themes as place, work, material culture, story-telling, affect, industrial life, female writing, the woman question, science and empire.

Meetings will be held alternately at Roehampton University and King’s College London. Please join us for a glass of wine and some lively discussion.’

Prof. Barbara Hardy will introduce the first meeting with a paper entitled “Forms of Feeling in North and South.”

Designated Reading: North and South (1855)

* If you are interested in attending, please email one of the organisers, Alison Lundie ( or Louise Lee (

Venue: Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London SW15.
Terrace Room Howard 001/002
*Nearest BR station is Barnes, a ten-minute walk from Roehampton’s main campus. Access Barnes station from Waterloo or Clapham Junction BR stations.


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