Can You Forgive Her? ~ BIG READ

From 5th September to 14th November 2022 join Trollope enthusiasts from across the world every two weeks to discuss Can You Forgive Her? as we read it together on Zoom.

We are delighted that Professor Dinah Birch, Editor of the Oxford World’s Classic’s edition of Can You Forgive Her?will introduce the themes, background and context of the novel.

Professor Dinah Birch CBE, BA, MA, DPhil, FRSA, FEA

Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She chaired REF2014 Sub-panel 29 (English Literature and Language) and was Deputy Chair of Main Panel D (Arts and Humanities), and is Chair of Main Panel D in REF 2021. External roles include chairing the Editorial Board of The Conversation (an international online journal for the dissemination of research:, and serving as President of the British Association for Victorian Studies.

Dinah has published widely on Victorian fiction and poetry, and on the work of the critic John Ruskin. Her books include Our Victorian Education (2007), and she is the general editor of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (7th ed., 2009). She has published new editions of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford (2011) and Anthony Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her? (2012) and The Small House at Allington (2014) with Oxford University Press. Her interest in prose style is reflected in recent essays on George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, and John Ruskin, and she has also published work on the Brontë family and 19c education. She served as a member of the Man Booker prize panel in 2012. She is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

Zoom meetings

  • Monday 5th September, 2022 at 8:00pm – Chapters 1-14
  • Monday 19th September, 2022 at 8:00pm – Chapters 15-27
  • Monday 3rd October, 2022 at 8:00pm – Chapters 28-41
  • Monday 17th October, 2022 at 8:00pm – Chapters 42-54
  • Monday 31st October, 2022 at 8:00pm – Chapters 55-67
  • Monday 14th November, 2022 at 8:00pm – Chapters 68-80

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