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Dickens, Gaskell, and Collins with Amanda Hollander

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Six Sessions Thursdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT September 28, 2023 to January 4, 2024

The Center for Fiction

The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at a 10% discount from our Bookstore.

Building on the previous Dickens courses (not a prerequisite!), we will dive into the commonly taught (and perhaps as commonly forgotten) Great Expectations. After this we will dive into The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. These Victorian writers will take us from southern to northern England, with the influences and economics of the global empire a constant driving force in the background. Misery, mystery, and manufacturing.

This conversation-driven course will provide occasional supplemental material from the instructor. Those in the group should expect a more seminar-like dialogue.

Meeting Details:
Thursdays, 6–7:30pm ET
9/28, 10/19, 11/09, 11/30, 12/21, 1/4
In Person at The Center for Fiction

Please read Great Expectations, Volumes 1 & 2, in preparation for the first class.


Led By

  • Amanda Hollander

    Amanda Hollander

    Amanda Hollander

    A writer and opera librettist, Amanda Hollander holds a doctorate in Victorian and children’s literature from UCLA. She recently completed a fellowship with the American Opera Project. She has published several works of speculative short fiction and academic articles. You can find more about her upcoming projects at