Servants and Paternalism in the Works of Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: Julie Nash

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754656395

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 130

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"Servant characters, Nash contends, enable these writers to give voice to the contradictions inherent in the popular paternalistic philosophy of their times because the situation of domestic servitude itself embodies such inconsistencies. Servants, whose labor was essential to the economic and social function of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British society, made up the largest category of workers in England by the nineteenth century and yet were expected to be socially invisible. At the same time, they lived in the same houses as their masters and mistresses and were privy to the most intimate details of their lives. Both Edgeworth and Gaskell created servant characters who challenge the social hierarchy, thus exposing the potential for dehumanization and corruption inherent in the paternalistic philosophy. Nash's study opens up important avenues for future scholars of women's fiction in the nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.

Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: John McVeagh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131720140X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 110

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First published in 1970, this study demonstrates both the range and essential unity of the works of Mrs. Gaskell. The author analyses the novels of social criticism, the biography of Charlotte Brontë and the novels of country life as distinct expressions of her genius, commenting on recurrent themes, typical methods of presentation and consistent attitudes as they appear in each of the works. The differences of subject and intention between the three kinds of writing will be seen in the extracts which indicate the range of her ability and interests. The final section summarises her range and success and failure. This book will be of interest to students of literature and sociological history.

Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford

Author: Thomas Recchio

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754665731

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

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Tracing the publishing history of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford from its initial 1851-53 serialization in Dickens's Household Words through its numerous editions and adaptations, Recchio focuses especially the text's deployment in support of ideas related to nation and national identity on both sides of the Atlantic. Making extensive use of primary materials, Recchio offers a convincing micro-history of the way English literature was positioned in England and the United States to support an Anglocentric cultural project.

Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: Patsy Stoneman

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847796672

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 599


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.

The Meanings of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction

Author: Lambert, Carolyn

Publisher: Victorian Secrets Limited

ISBN: 1906469474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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In this beautifully written study, Carolyn Lambert explores the ways in which Elizabeth Gaskell challenges the nineteenth-century cultural construct of the home as a domestic sanctuary offering protection from the external world. Gaskell’s fictional homes often fail to provide a place of safety: doors and windows are ambiguous openings through which death can enter, and are potent signifiers of entrapment as well as protective barriers. The underlying fragility of Gaskell’s concept of home is illustrated by her narratives of homelessness, a state she uses to represent psychological, social, and emotional separation. By drawing on novels, letters and non-fiction writings, Lambert shows how Gaskell’s detailed descriptions of domestic interiors allow for nuanced and unconventional interpretations of character and behaviour, and evince a complex understanding of the significance of home for the construction of identity, gender and sexuality. Lambert’s Gaskell is an outsider whose own dilemmas and conflicts are reflected in the intricate and multi-faceted portrayals of home in her fiction.

An Elizabeth Gaskell Chronology

Author: G. Handley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230596835

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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This chronology will set Elizabeth Gaskell in her historical, social and literary contexts. It will focus on her career as a writer but will also underline her interactive roles as wife, mother, practical and tolerant Christian, radical sympathizer. Graham Handley discusses her early life, her marriage, the beginnings of her writing, the years of achievement, her social, humanitarian concerns, love of travel and its influence, with the balance of domesticity and creativity which is the key to her character.

Elizabeth Gaskell: 'Mary Barton'

Author: Richard Gravil

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 1847600107

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 90

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The Book considers what it meant to be a Unitarian in the hungry forties, what Gaskell understood of Chartism and' political economy'; and attitudes to women's rights. It discusses the many ambiguities and instabilities in the book - suggesting where the reader may need to take issue with some of the standard critical assumptions about Gaskell's text, and considers how she might be compared to Dickens - and what Dickens learned from her.And it discusses some contemporary (i.e. Victorian) and recent critical approaches to the book. The aim is to leave the reader with a great deal of respect for a novel that is sometimes underestimated - while pointing out some of its real departures from the best practice of Realist writers, practices that Mrs Gaskell herself did much to invent.

Essential Novelists - Elizabeth Gaskell

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell,August Nemo

Publisher: Tacet Books

ISBN: 396858404X

Category: Drama

Page: 630

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Welcome to the Essential Novelists book series, were we present to you the best works of remarkable authors. For this book, the literary critic August Nemo has chosen the two most important and meaningful novels of Elizabeth Gaskell which are Mary Barton and North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell (born Sept. 29, 1810, Chelsea, London, Eng.died Nov. 12, 1865, nearAlton, Hampshire),English novelist, short-story writer, and first biographer of Charlotte Brontë. Novels selected for this book: - Mary Barton - North and South This is one of many books in the series Essential Novelists. If you liked this book, look for the other titles in the series, we are sure you will like some of the authors.

The Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, Part I

Author: Joanne Shattock,Angus Easson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351220209

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 486

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Features Elizabeth Gaskell's work. This work brings together her journalism, her shorter fiction, which was published in various collections during her lifetime, her early personal writing, including a diary written between 1835 and 1838 when she was a young mother, her five full-length novels and "The Life of Charlotte Bronte".

The Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, Part I

Author: Joanne Shattock,Angus Easson,Josie Billington,Deirdre d'Albertis,Linda K Hughes,Elisabeth Jay,Charlotte Mitchell,Linda H Peterson,Marion Shaw,Alan Shelston,Joanne Wilkes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135122025X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 422

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A selection of texts by Elizabeth Gaskell, accompanied by annotations. It brings together Gaskell academics to provide readers with scholarship on her work and seeks to bring the crusading spirit and genius of the writer into the 21st century to take her place as a major Victorian writer.