Join Susannah Fullerton as she presents her lecture FRATERNAL LOVE: George Eliot and The Mill on the Floss via Zoom. Please ensure you have downloaded and signed up to Zoom before the lecture begins https://zoom.us/
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"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways", wrote poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning to her husband Robert. She counted various ways of loving in her famous poem, but her list was far from exhaustive. Writers have examined so many different types of love and literature is full of memorable love stories. This series of talks looks at three types of love - fraternal, secretive and adulterous.
Mary Ann Evans, who became George Eliot, adored her brother Isaac, but when she began to live with a man out of wedlock, Isaac cut her off. In Eliot's novel, Maggie Tulliver is cleverer, stronger and far more attractive than her brother Tom, but he disdains her faithful sisterly love. Let's examine this rich novel to see how the author's own experience shaped this portrayal of family life in 19th century England.
SUSANNAH FULLERTON has been the President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia for more than twenty years. She has written several books about Jane Austen and has lectured about her favourite novelist around Australia and overseas. She received an OAM for services to literature and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. Susannah is also the Patron of the Kipling Society of Australia. She leads literary tours to the UK, Europe, NZ and the USA, and she sends out a popular and free monthly blog, ‘Notes from a Book Addict’ which you can sign up for on her website. Susannah is one of ADFAS’s most popular Australian lecturers and she offers a wide range of talks about famous writers and their works.
Image| still from The Mill on the Floss (1997 TV drama) directed by Graham Theakston and featuring Emily Watson as Maggie Tulliver and James Frain as Philip Wakem