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Victorian Gaslighting with Professor Nora Gilbert

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  Virtual Event


Please join the Friends of the Dickens Project for our spring Friends Faculty Fellowship talk series by Associate Professor Nora Gilbert (University of North Texas) who will be discussing “Victorian Gaslighting

As someone who co-specializes in Victorian literature and early Hollywood film, I’ve long been a fan of the darkly disturbing 1944 film Gaslight starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. During the first session of this series, I will provide an overview of an essay collection that I’m currently co-editing with Diana Bellonby and Tara MacDonald called Victorian Gaslighting: Genealogy of an Injustice, in which we trace the genealogy of gaslighting back to its Victorian roots by bringing together fourteen essays that examine a wide range of nineteenth-century literary texts through the lens of gaslighting. During the second session, we will have an in-depth discussion of the 1944 film version of Gaslight itself, which captures the “maddening” feeling of this particular form of emotional abuse so gut-wrenchingly well.

Nora Gilbert PortraitNora Gilbert is an associate professor of English at the University of North Texas. She is the author of Better Left Unsaid: Victorian Novels, Hays Code Films, and the Benefits of Censorship (2013) and Gone Girls, 1684-1901: Flights of Feminist Resistance in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel (2023), as well as a number of other essays on Victorian literature and classical Hollywood film. Since 2017, she has served as the editor of the journal Studies in the Novel. She is the 2024 Spring Friends of the Dickens Project Faculty Fellow.

Virtual Sessions:

  • April 14: Book Talk: Victorian Gaslighting: Genealogy of an Injustice
  • May 19: Discussion: Gaslight (1944) –Directed by George Cukor

To register or watch the recordings visit: UCSC The Dickens Project


April 14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm