Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Authors
  • Jane Spencer

Part of the Women Writers book series (WW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jane Spencer
    Pages 32-50
  3. Jane Spencer
    Pages 75-95
  4. Jane Spencer
    Pages 96-115
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 141-156

About this book


Elizabeth Gaskell has been presented in many different terms: as a timid, conventional Victorian woman and as a feminist critic of her society; as a Chartist sympathizer and as an apologist for class privilege. This new study of Gaskell's major work argues that, as a Unitarian and as a middle-class woman, she held a number of warring allegiances that show themselves in complexities and contradictions in her writing; but that, towards the end of her career, she found ways of resolving for herself the tensions between social duty and artistic delight.


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