Join Susannah Fullerton as she presents her lecture George Eliot and Middlemarch (56 minutes). This lecture is available to view anytime until 31 December 2020. Details to access the lecture will be provided on your ticket.
The best word to describe the woman known to literature under her pen name ‘George Eliot’ is formidable. Extraordinary intelligence, courage and sensitivity, and acute psychological insight, are just some of her qualities as a woman and as a writer. Middlemarch is considered her masterpiece.
Find out how she broke new ground and defied convention, learn how she came to choose her pen name and first got published, and discover how society treated this woman who just longed to be loved, in spite of her looks.
Why is Middlemarch considered so brilliant? How does George Eliot weave into a unified whole four very different plot-lines? What does this superb novel tell us about Victorian England, and about human nature? Get to know this rich novel through this video talk.
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 Australia lecturers and she offers a wide range of talks about famous writers and their works.
Image Juliet Aubrey as Dorothea Brooke, and Rufus Sewell as Will Ladislaw in Middlemarch (1994), BBC