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The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell


  • Page extent: 238 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.39 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521609265)

In the last few decades Elizabeth Gaskell has become a figure of growing importance in the field of Victorian literary studies. She produced work of great variety and scope in the course of a highly successful writing career that lasted for about twenty years from the mid-1840s to her unexpected death in 1865. The essays in this Companion draw on recent advances in biographical and bibliographical studies of Gaskell and cover the range of her impressive and varied output as a writer of novels, biography, short stories, and letters. The volume, which features well-known scholars in the field of Gaskell studies, focuses throughout on her narrative versatility and her literary responses to the social, cultural, and intellectual transformations of her time. This Companion will be invaluable for students and scholars of Victorian literature, and includes a chronology and guide to further reading.

• Each of Gaskell's major works receives a chapter, including North and South, Wives and Daughters • Wide range of contextual material on Gaskell's life and times • The most comprehensive single volume on this important Victorian writer


Chronology of Elizabeth Gaskell Nancy Weyant; 1. Introduction Jill L. Matus; 2. The life and letters of E. C. Gaskell Deirdre d'Albertis; 3. Mary Barton and North and South Jill L. Matus; 4. Cranford and Ruth Audrey Jaffe; 5. Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë Linda Peterson; 6. Sylvia's Lovers and other historical fiction Marion Shaw; 7. Cousin Phillis, Wives and Daughters, and modernity Linda K. Hughes; 8. Elizabeth Gaskell's shorter pieces Shirley Foster; 9. Gaskell, gender, and the family Patsy Stoneman; 10. Gaskell and social transformation Nancy Henry; 11. Unitarian dissent John Chapple; 12. Gaskell then and now Susan Hamilton; Guide to further reading Natalie Rose; Index.


'Elizabeth Gaskell has deservedly at last reached the ranks of the top ten Victorian writers.' Reference Reviews


Nancy Weyant, Jill L. Matus, Deirdre d'Albertis, Audrey Jaffe, Linda Peterson, Marion Shaw, Linda K. Hughes, Shirley Foster, Patsy Stoneman, Nancy Henry, John Chapple, Susan Hamilton, Natalie Rose

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