Elizabeth Gaskell

By Patsy Stoneman

Elizabeth Gaskell


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7447-9
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: September 2006
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Classic Fiction (Pre C 1945), LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literature: history & criticism, Literature


This pioneering study, described as 'a model of feminist criticism' (The Year's Work in English Studies) on first publication, revealed Gaskell as an important social analyst who deliberately challenged the Victorian disjunction between public and private ethical values, who maintained a steady resistance to aggressive authority, advocating female friendship, rational motherhood and the power of speech as forces for social change.

Since 1987, Gaskell's work has risen from minor to major status. This new edition presents the original text (except for bibliographical updating) together with a new and extensive critical 'Afterword'. This addition contains detailed evaluation of all the Gaskell criticism published between 1985 and 2004 which has a bearing on her thesis, and thus provides both a wide-ranging debate on the social implications of motherhood, and an invaluable survey of Gaskell criticism over the last twenty years. This study will bring a well-tried classic to a new audience, while also offering a uniquely comprehensive overview of current Gaskell studies.


Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
References and abbreviations
1. Reading Elizabeth Gaskell: the story so far and some new suggestions
2. Woman and writer: blending the selves
3. Two nations and separate spheres: class and gender in Elizabeth Gaskell's work
4. Mary Barton (1848)
5. Cranford (1851)
6. Ruth (1853)
7. North and South (1854)
8. Sylvia's Lovers (1863)
9. Cousin Phillis (1863)
10. Wives and Daughters (1865)
Afterword: the critical debate, 1985-2004


Patsy Stoneman is Emeritus Reader in English at the University of Hull

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