"Some Appointed Work to Do": Women and Vocation in the Fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell (Contributions in Women's Studies No. 150.)
By: Robin B. Colby (author)Hardback
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Elizabeth Gaskell's work and life are being rediscovered against a backdrop of Victorian middle-class women's experience by many feminist scholars. Viewed in this century as conventional and conservative, Gaskell may instead be regarded as a radical for her time, because she challenged widely-held assumptions about the nature of women, their proper sphere, and their participation in the public realm. Examining the theme of work in Gaskell's novels, Colby presents this Victorian novelist as an effective advocate of change as she tried to create space for women within the world of work.
ROBIN B. COLBY is Assistant Professor of English at Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C.
Introduction The Industrial Novel: Gaskell's Contemporaries "The Hidden Power...In the Outward Appearance": Mary Barton "It Needed to be a Woman--So I Went": North and South Among the Amazons: Cranford Separate Duties--"Not Opposing Each Other; Not Impossible, But Difficult To Be Reconciled": The Life of Charlotte BronTE "Growing Fast into a Woman": Wives and Daughters Conclusion Index
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