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Elizabeth Gaskell by
Publication Date: 1994
This original study of Elizabeth Gaskell places the woman and her writings within their full Victorian context. Recent critical appraisal has focused both on her role as a novelist of industrial England, and on her awareness of the position of women and the problems of the woman writer in that society. Kate Flint's perceptive book shows that for Elizabeth Gaskell the condition of women was inseparable from the broader issues of social change. Books such as Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters continually analyse and interrogate questions of power, authority and the expression and transmission of human values, and challenge many widely-held pre-conceptions of the age. Dr Flint shows how recent feminist criticism and theories of narrative work together to illuminate the radical and experimental nature of Mrs Gaskell's fiction.
The Industrial Novels: Charlotte Brontë's Shirley, Charles Dickens' Hard Times and Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South by
Publication Date: 2015
This book provides a clear historical and theoretical framework for reading three important novels published in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century. Examining the novels by Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell, the book offers an analysis of their strategies for radical reforms and for the restructuring of society and politics through improvements in the living and working conditions of the working class. The Industrial Novels begins with an introduction of the Industrial Revolution, which is then followed by chapters devoted to a detailed discussion of each novel. Through this, the book explores the negative social, political and economic effects of industrialization and urbanization, as reflected in Charlotte Bronte's Shirley (1849), Charles Dickens' Hard Times (1854), and Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South (1855). As such, the book will be of interest to academics and students in the fields of both literature and sociology.
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Davis, D. (1992). Feminist Critics and Literary Mothers: Daughters Reading Elizabeth Gaskell. Signs, 17(3), 507-532.
Unlike her contemporaries Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell has occupied a shadowy position in feminist criticism: neglected by some critics because of her conservative values, uneasily respected by others for achieving literary and financial success. When seeming to warrant study at all, she has often bewildered feminist critics who do not find in her work the kind of protest that makes Bronte and George Eliot seem such modern women.
Harman, B. (1988). In Promiscuous Company: Female Public Appearance in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South". Victorian Studies, 31(3), 351-374.
In Victorian England, female publicity seems nearly always to have been bad publicity. Walking alone in the city streets, speaking before a mixed audience, appearing at a polling booth, engaging in the world of business or politics, even eating in a restaurant might compromise a women's reputation... [Elizabeth Gaskell's 'North and South'] investigates both ends of the public / private spectrum: it explores the significance of female public appearance, and it examines at the same time the meaning associated with female privacy, secrecy and concealment. In addition, Gaskell's complex portrayal of the shape, meaning, and consequence of female publicity reflects a sense both of its new and of its potentially explosive possibilities.
Holstein, S. (1989). Finding a women's place: Gaskell and authority. Studies in the Novel, 21(4), 380-388.
In Bearing the Word, Margaret Homans argues that Elizabeth Gaskell claims an area for herself as a writer outside both the traditional masculine position and the position of" mother as servant to patriliny." 1 What space, then, does Gaskell occupy (and more importantly, where are her characters) in relation to authority? The accommodating and balancing stance that most readers find in Gaskell is a function both of her life as a Victorian woman, adapting to the demands of that status, and of her preoccupation with concerns that range beyond the perimeters of that status.
Martin, C. (1983). Gaskell, Darwin, and ‘North and South". Studies in the Novel, 15(2), 91-107.
Criticism of Elizabeth Gaskell's work has come a long way in the nearly fifty years since Lord David Cecil called her a" mild feminine Victorian" who" sees nothing but the flowers in the garden" of English rural life and whose industrial novels Mary Barton and North and South" entailed an understanding of economics and history wholly outside the range of her Victorian feminine intellect." Rather than being confined" to her Victorian drawing-room," Gaskell, according to more recent critics, was superior in her novels of social reform.
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