Women's Voices in the Fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) (Women's Studies v. 39)

Women's Voices in the Fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) (Women's Studies v. 39)

By: Marianne Camus (author)Hardback

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Dr. Camus' study first tries to reinstate Gaskell as one of the significant novelists of the mid Victorian period through looking at her work as a whole, avoiding the usual dividing line between her condition-of-England novels and her more intimate fiction. It then aims at inscribing Gaskell in the tradition of women writers who wrote not only for literary posterity but also to express and defend a woman's vision of the world. The feminist aspect of Gaskell's writing is uncovered here in all its determination but also in its hesitations.


Preface ix Acknowledgements xiii Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Part I Gaskell and the Early Victorian Period Chapter 2 Social Change 15 Chapter 3 The Status of Women 26 Part II Gendering the Narrator Chapter 4 The Limits of Space 53 Chapter 5 A Different Perception of Time 74 Chapter 6 Characterisation: Undermining Stereotypes 88 Part III The Gender of Voice and Discourse Chapter 7 Social Hierarchy 109 Chapter 8 Politics and Business 124 Chapter 9 Education and Culture 137 Chapter 10 The Law of the Father 147 Chapter 11 Women on their Own 166 Part IV Speaking Differently Chapter 12 The Ambiguities of Silence 199 Chapter 13 The Alternative Languages Elaborated by Women 240 Chapter 14 Conclusion 274 Bibliography 283 Index 288

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  • ISBN13: 9780773469273
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780773469273
  • ISBN10: 0773469273

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