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North and South: Background

VCE Literature Units 3&4

Source: Black, S. (2019). North and South [Digital montage].

Referencing Notice Don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For help see the Junior School or Senior School referencing guides, and / or CiteMaker.
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North and South | Background reading

LearningElizabeth Gaskell's novel, "North and South" is set in nineteenth century England during the industrial revolution. One of the major themes is the differences between the more rural and genteel south and the more industrialized north part of the country. 

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North and South | Background Videos

Level 2eVideo

Kathryn Hughes explores the role of women in middle class Victorian society. Highlighting the conflicted and restrained behaviour expected of women between being learned but not too intelligent, beautiful but not sexual, Kathryn reveals the expectations on 19th-century women.


When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
In text reference / citation: Hughes (2014) or (Slater, 2014)
Bibliography / Reference list: Hughes, K (2014). Gender in 19th-century Britain, [eVideo]. British Library, Retrieved from

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