Elizabeth Gaskell

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Elizabeth Gaskell

Writers and their Work


October 28th, 1994

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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.


Author Information

Kate Flint is University Lecturer in Victorian and Modern English Literature, and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford University. She has written widely on Victorian and Edwardian fiction and art history and is the author of Dickens (1986) and The Woman Reader 1837-1914 (1993).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline10
Abbreviations and References13
The Life of Elizabeth Gaskell14
2 Mary Barton24
3 Ruth33
4 Story-telling and Cranford42
5 North and South49
6 Sylvia’s Lovers58
7 Cousin Phillis and Wives and Daughters66
8 Elizabeth Gaskell and Literary Criticism73
Select Bibliography82