Infamous as Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Madwoman in the Attic’, Bertha Mason has become one of literary history’s most intriguing women. From her portrayal as the pyromaniac feral woman and first Mrs Rochester, locked away in the cavernous attic, to her revival as passionate young Antoinette in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, Bertha Mason is a character who continues to fascinate both readers and scholars. Join us as we delve into these two portrayals, and attempt to uncover who Bertha Mason is, and what she continues to represent to us.
Bold, talented, and rebellious, Isabelle Eberhardt was moulded by an unconventional upbringing in Switzerland. In 1897 she set sail across the Mediterranean Sea for the golden dunes and rugged landscapes of North Africa. Come with us on a journey across the sands as we retrace the footsteps of this intrepid gender-bending explorer.
Florence Cook was a young woman who, at the tender age of 15, began speaking with the dead, launching her meteoric rise as one of London’s foremost mediums. With her beautiful and mischievous spirit control, Katie King, she took the spiritualist scene by storm. Join us at the dark seance table as we discuss Florence Cook, our first deviant woman!