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.

Spring 2019

A Cornish Venture



This term, we will be venturing into Cornwall.  We will read the first novel in the Poldark series:  Poldark: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham, first published in 1957, which covers the period 1783-1787.  This is the first in a series of twelve – you have been warned, these novels are addictive!  We will then read and discuss Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier published in 1938 – there is no indication in the novel as to the period in which it is set, but it is generally assumed that it is contemporary.  The novels may appear disparate at first glance, but there are several parallel themes, such as gender identity,  a changing society and the frailty of the human condition, as well as the dramatic Cornish setting.  I’m sure, as always, we will find much to discover and discuss.

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:

Winston Graham, Poldark: Ross Poldark (1945) Pan, New Ed (2000)                    ISBN: 978-1447281528

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938) Virago: Reprint (2015)                                    ISBN: 978-0349006574

Day & Time:

Fridays – 10.00 – 12.00

Start Date:

Friday, 25th January, 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:

Weeks 1-5       Introduction and overview of the course.  Poldark

Weeks 6-10     Rebecca



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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