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This 1865 novel has never been out of print. We’ll discuss what makes it a compelling story; what it shows us about Victorian Britain and developments in novel-writing. Please read to the end of chapter 6, for discussion at the More details …

During this course we will study three novels by the Daphne du Maurier. Often under-rated because of her popular appeal we will look at the skill of her narrative style, consider her ability to write to a variety of sub-genres More details …

Why were birds such a popular subject for poets of the Romantic period? From Coleridge to John Clare, we shall discover how birds were imaginatively presented – from the ethereal to the terrestrial, from the fanciful to the carefully observed.