Elaine Jackson

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My teaching at the University of Birmingham and UCE (now Birmingham City University) ranged from Victorian to contemporary literature including gender and critical practice. From 2007-2010 I taught a two-hour weekly course for the University of Warwick’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, on ‘Books & Readers’, which combined the study of the history of the book with a close reading of novels in their historical context.  I also teach literature and book history at Erdington Library as a founder member of Erdington Lunar Society/Friends of Erdington Library.  If anyone is interested in attending a class in the Erdington area, then please contact me using the information below.

I have a BA (Hons) in English and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. My thesis was on women writers of popular romance between the wars, which analysed the writing and publishing experiences of specific authors. I am particularly interested in book history and bibliography and have contributed to the Virginia Woolf Bulletin, the Encyclopaedia of British Women’s Writing 1900-1950 (Palgrave, 2005) and Book Trade Connections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries, edited by John Hinks and Catherine Armstrong (British Library, 2008). I have also written book reviews for the Journal of the Printing Historical Society.

Autumn 2019

George Eliot:  A Revolutionary Woman



Owing to our detailed and fascinating discussion on Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall last term it was decided to carry over George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss to  this term to allow for a more detailed analysis.  As it is the Bi-Centenary of the birth of George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) this year, we will be studying two of her texts. George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss (1860) and a dramatic poem Armgart (1871).  Both texts arguably question the female role in society including women artists.  We will discuss the novels in the wider context of difficulties encountered by literary women in the mid-19th Century who sought to challenge and break away from social conventions.

Please join us for a close reading and lively discussion.

This is an established and friendly tutor-led discussion group where students are encouraged to come along and share their own ideas and understanding of the texts.

Recommended Texts:

George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860) Penguin Classics; Rev Ed edition (2003)  ISBN 9780141439624

George Eliot, Armgart available online http://georgeeliotarchive.org/files/original/4b88fbee41516ed3f31224bf71757575.pdf

Or in hard copy:

George Eliot, Poems (George Eliot’s Classics Edition), Jazzybee Verlag (31 Oct. 2017)     ISBN-13: 978-3849673918

Day & Time:

Fridays – 10.00 – 12.00

Start Date:

Friday, 20th September 2019


The Women’s Institute, 745 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3DG


£80.00 for ten weeks (please note that there will be no break for half-term)

Course Structure:

Week 1            Introduction to the course and an overview of                                                   George  Eliot’s work.

Weeks 1-5       The Mill on the Floss

Weeks 6-10     Armgart


Coffee and biscuits are offered at a cost of 50p per students. This is collected weekly.

If you have any queries about the above course you may contact me by typing your message in the box below and clicking ‘submit’:

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