The meeting on Tuesday was great; we've picked some really interesting themes for the next few sessions. For each, we'll read a piece of theoretical work, and each choose a (short!) piece of material from our own areas of interest.
So, our first theme is the wounded or fragmented body within the "romance" (define as you like).
Starting with the relatively conventional, we've agreed to read the introduction to Deborah Harter's The Body in Pieces (attached below, pdf), and I've selected a part of Chapter 20 from Jane Eyre as my area of focus (word doc). In turn, post your examples for the group to read - any problems, email me directly and I'll send them on.
The next meeting will be 20th Feb, location TBC - probably a nice dingy pub in Holborn, or the IoE bar at a push!
Here are my extracts! There are two (they're both quite short): the death of Nancy and its aftermath from Oliver Twist, and a bit of the endlessly weird and fascinating stuff on scars in David Copperfield (featuring Rosa Dartle - part of my ammunition whenever anyone says that Dickens can't do interesting female characters)
Another member of the group has sumitted this (v. brief) Frankenstein extract for us to consider for the next meeting - more to follow once I get organised!