Jennifer Minnen, scholar of Victorian literature and PhD Candidate at Princeton University, leads a reading group on Charlotte Brontë’s final novel, Villette, in the historic family rooms of the nineteenth-century Morgan house. The novel follows protagonist Lucy Snowe as she travels from her native England to the fictional French-speaking city of Villette to teach at a girls’ school. The reading group will explore the novel’s psychological landscapes, autobiographical strains, and Gothic echoes as Lucy matches wits with her scheming employer, unravels a tangled romance, and wrestles with her own independence. Participants will be reading from the Oxford World’s Classic 2008 edition of the novel. Light refreshments will be provided. Advance tickets are required, as space is limited.
Second session will take place on Tuesday, December 13.