The Gaskell Journal

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Vol. 30, 2016

Foreword
Welcome to the Gaskell Journal 2016. The four articles featured in this year's volume take very different approaches in their treatment of Gaskell's works, life and legacy. Collectively they demonstrate the rich variety of methodologies that sustains...
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Speaking Amazonian: Communities of Practice in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford
'O what a lazy woman you are!' Charles Dickens wrote Elizabeth Gaskell in a letter dated 25 February 1852.1 His condemnation of her slowness in delivering the next chapters of Cranford (1851-53) was meant, and no doubt received, in jest. He had just...
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On Not Concluding: Realist Prose as Practical Reason in Gaskell's Wives and Daughters
When, on 12 November 1865, Elizabeth Gaskell's life sadly ended, the novel she was writing did not, and still does not, end. 'Here the story is broken off, and it can never be finished', wrote the Cornhill Magazine editor, Frederick Greenwood, who provided...
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'Some Great War': The Aga Jenkyns and the Repression of History in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford
In 1849, when Elizabeth Gaskell published her essay 'The Last Generation in England' in Sartains Union Magazine of Literature and Art, she acknowledged her debt to Robert Southey's proposal in the Edinburgh Review to offer a history of English domestic...
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The Personal Is Pilgrimage: Literary Tourism through and with Ms Austen and Mrs Gaskell
In the summer of 2013, I visited the archival collection at Historic New England in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA, in what would be the first significant inspiration for this article.1 The Collections Manager, Nicole Chalfant, had 'one special surprise'...
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The Art of Adapting Victorian Literature, 1848-1920: Dramatizing
Karen E. Laird, The Art of Adapting Victorian Literature, 1848-1920: Dramatizing Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and The Woman in White. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, pp.xii + 230. Hardback £60.00, ISBN 9781472424396.Karen E. Laird's welcome and engaging new...
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Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Erika Wright, Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2016, pp.vii + 229. Hardback £54.73. ISBN 978-0-8214-2224-3. Ebook £45.98. ISBN 978-0-8214-4563-1.In Reading for Health, Erika...
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Evil and Its Variations in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell: Sesquicentennial Essays
Mitsuharu Matsuoka (ed), Evil and Its Variations in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell: Sesquicentennial Essays. Osaka, Japan: Osaka Kyoiku Tosho, 2015, pp.xxiv + 538. Hardback £30.00. ISBN 978-4-271-21039-9.In the Preface to this volume of essays marking...
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Winifred Gérin, Biographer of the Brontës
Helen MacEwan, Winifred Gérin, Biographer of the Brontës. Eastbourne and Chicago: Sussex Academic Press, 2016, pp.xv + 256. Paperback £19.95. ISBN 978-1-84519-743-8.Helen MacEwan, in her recent biography, Winifred Gérin, Biographer of the Brontës, has...
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Chairman's Report: The Society's Year
2015 was another memorable year in the Gaskell calendar; it was the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Gaskell. Of course this was not a cause for celebration, but rather a time of remembrance. However, we thought that Elizabeth...
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Elizabeth Gaskell's House: 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester
Last year marked the first full year in which this beautiful house was open to the public. We had many compliments from visitors, and it was gratifying that some of them had travelled a considerable distance; they came from places such as the USA, Japan,...
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London and South East Branch
It is thanks to four wonderfully eloquent, interesting speakers and the loyal and enthusiastic membership that the branch continues to thrive. Attendance at meetings varies but an audience of thirty in May this year is testimony to Gaskell's enduring...
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South West Branch
We started our year on 21 February with a lively discussion of Cranford and a delightful afternoon at Bren and Nick Abercrombie's lovely house on Lansdown, complete with home-made cake, was enjoyed by all. We talked about the publication history of the...
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North West Branch
Our year began with the customary New Year Lunch, held again at Cottons Hotel in Knutsford. After a delicious lunch, we were first entertained by Rosemary Donaldson, who recited four extracts from Shakespeare which were probably known to Gaskell, and...
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The Gaskell Society of Japan
The publication of the Newsletter in May was our first activity in 2015. Newsletter 27 carried an excellent article, 'Gaskell and William Fairbairn' by Professor Emeritus Masaie Matsumura, summary reports of the Regular Meeting and the Conference, minutes...
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Vol. 29, 2015

Elizabeth Gaskell and the Short Story
The Short Story, Modernists, Victorians It is a commonplace in short story criticism that the short story in Britain reached its heyday through the literary movement of Modernism. It is only in recent years that literary critics have begun to give serious...
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Reading and Writing Short Fiction: Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot
Elizabeth Gaskell's career as a successful writer was more or less book-ended by novellas in the pastoral tradition, The Moorland Cottage and the acclaimed Cousin Phillis. These novellas reciprocally reveal how far Gaskell developed as a realist writer...
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The Afterlife of Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Disappearances': 'Right at Last' and 'The Manchester Marriage' as Experiments in Detective Fiction
First published in Charles Dickens's journal Household Words in June 1851, Elizabeth Gaskell's essay 'Disappearances' consists primarily of her imaginative retellings of six stories of men who vanished under mysterious circumstances in the eighteenth...
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Gaskell's Other Wives and Daughters: Reimagining the Gothic and Anticipating the Sensational in 'Lois the Witch' and 'The Grey Woman'
On 6 July 1851, an essay by Elizabeth Gaskell bearing the simple title 'Disappearances' appeared in Household Words, a weekly family magazine conducted by Charles Dickens. Purportedly weighing the tools available to a mid- Victorian Scheherezade,1 but...
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Engineering Heroes: Revising the Self-Help Narrative in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cousin Phillis
Samuel Smiles's biography The Life of George Stephenson (1857) and the popular non-fiction book it inspired, Self-Help (1859), reflect the spirit of innovation that gained strength in the 1830s when rapid developments in technological innovation corresponded...
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'The Pinafore, the Childish Garment ... and Aprons': Dress and the Representation of Victorian Womanhood in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cousin Phillis
The novella Cousin Phillis, serialised from November 1863 to February 1864 in The Cornhill Magazine, has been described as Elizabeth Gaskell's most 'perfect' story. Certainly on a surface level, the narrator's reminiscences about a bucolic, pastoral...
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British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850-1930: Reclaiming Social Space
Kate Krueger, British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850-1930:Reclaiming Social Space. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp.ix + 260. Hardback £55, ISBN 978-1-137-35923-0.Kate Krueger's monograph offers excellent coverage of British...
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Place and Progress in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell
Lesa Scholl, Emily Morris and Sarina Gruver Moore (eds), Place and Progress in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell. Farnham, Surrey: AshgatePublishing Ltd., 2015, pp.vii + 246. Hardback £60 (website price £54).ISBN 978-1-4724-2963-6, ISBN 978-1-4724-2964-3...
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Serialization and the Novel in Mid-Victorian Magazines
Catherine Delafield, Serialization and the Novel in Mid-Victorian Magazines. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, pp.vii + 222. Hardback £60. ISBN 978-1-4724-5090-6. ISBN 987-1-4724-5091-3 (ebook). ISBN 978-1- 4724-5092-0 (epub).Mrs Gaskell - fearful - fearful! If...
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Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations
Nadine Boehm-Schnitker and Susanne Gruss (eds), Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations. New York and London: Routledge, 2014, pp.vi + 235. Hardback $140.00, ISBN 978-0-415-70830-2.This collection of essays presents itself...
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Odd Women? Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women's Fiction, 1850s-1930s
Emma Liggins, Odd Women? Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women's Fiction, 1850s-1930s. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2014, pp.vii + 259. Hardback £70.ISBN 978-0-7190-8756.This wide-ranging and well researched book examines...
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Chairman's Report: The Society's Year
2014 has certainly been a momentous year for the Gaskell Society, for in October Elizabeth Gaskell's House reopened after a £2.5m restoration. The Society has long been involved in raising funds for the House, donating £1,000 for the first feasibility...
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Elizabeth Gaskell's House: 84 Plymouth Grove
5 October 2014 saw the triumphant public opening of 'Elizabeth Gaskell's House' (as it is now called), ending the long journey to its restoration which started in the mid 1990s. Earlier issues of this journal (notably in 2013) have described some of...
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London & South East Branch
The branch continues to flourish for two very good reasons. One is the loyal and committed membership. Our meetings have been very well attended for the past year, with several new recruits and some visitors. All are welcome and make a valuable contribution...
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North West Branch
As usual, our year began with a New Year Lunch, back once again at the Cottons Hotel in Knutsford. Nick Redman was our surprise guest speaker, amusing us with tales of his lifetime hobby of searching for whalebones.The Knutsford meetings continued on...
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The Gaskell Society of Japan
The publication of Newsletter Number 26, in May, was our first activity in 2014. Yukari Oda, Associate Professor at Toyama University, took over the editorship from Ms Mitsuki Ezawa who had done a great job of the editing. Newsletter Number 26 carried...
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Vol. 28, 2014

Foreword
Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Gaskell Journal. While this year's collection of contributions is characterised by variety, a theme has unintentionally emerged that connects several of the articles, notes and reviews, which is 'home'. For many years,...
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Trauma in the 'Tea-Cup Drama': Cranford on the World War II Home Front
Abstract: During World War II, conditions of civilian life were surprisingly similar to life in provincial Cranford. Like the women in Elizabeth Gaskell's fictional village, those on the home front were compelled to economise, to do without men in their...
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Weak-Willed Lovers and Deformed Manliness: Masculinities in the Scarlet Letter and Ruth
Abstract: Many critics have focused on Elizabeth Gaskell's sympathetic and thoughtful treatment of women, particularly in Ruth, and some have explored the similarities between Ruth and its contemporary American novel The Scarlet Letter, exploring Gaskell's...
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A Mother's Dilemma: Where Best to Educate a Daughter, at Home or at a School?
Abstract: In March 1838, in the diary Elizabeth Gaskell kept from 1835 to record the growth and development of her daughter Marianne, she notes that 'a new era' is starting in the life of Marianne, who is about to start infant school. Gaskell wonders...
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Fiction Illuminated by Reportage: Mary Barton and Léon Faucher's Etudes Sur l'Angleterre
Abstract: Etudes sur l'Angleterre, Léon Faucher's seminal study of social conditions in Britain's industrial and commercial centres in the early 1840s, almost contemporaneous with Mary Barton, provides numerous points of contrast and comparison with...
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Fire and Reverie: Domestic Light and the Individual in Cranford and Mary Barton
Abstract: This article focuses on the relationship between the domestic fire and the individual self in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, with particular focus on Cranford and Mary Barton. The discussion draws from perspectives on the role and evolution...
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'In the Language of the Bible': Scripture as Subtext in Elizabeth Gaskell's Letters
The Bible figures prominently in the works of Elizabeth Gaskell. It serves as Lady Cumnor's 'handsome present' for the bride, as Margaret Hale's parting gift to Higgins, and as a conciliatory gift to a young 'wench' whom Lady Ludlow deems ill fit for...
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'Our Happy Days in Rome': The Gaskell-Norton Correspondence
Although J.A.V. Chapple and Arthur Pollard published well over five hundred letters written by Gaskell, there are not many correspondents she wrote to frequently outside her immediate family and her publishers.1 There are surpris- ingly few written to...
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The Meaning of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction
Carolyn Lambert, The Meaning of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction. Brighton: Victorian Secrets, 2013, pp. 234. Paperback £14. ISBN 978-1-906469-47-4.What a refreshing experience, to read a critical study of Gaskell's work by an academic who is not...
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Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft & Nineteenth Century Fiction
Talia Schaffer, Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft & Nineteenth Century Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. iii + 228. Hardback £45.99, ISBN 978-0-19-539804-5.Participating in the burgeoning field of literary criticism that...
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Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century
Monika Elbert and Bridget M. Marshall (eds), Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century. Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2013, pp.xxii + 269. Hardback £58.50, ISBN 9781409447702.As its title indicates, this...
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North and South: Essays on Gender, Race and Region
Christine DeVine and Mary Ann Wilson (eds), North and South: Essays on Gender, Race and Region. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, pp ix + 253. Hardback £44.99, ISBN 978-1443840882.The title of this collection of essays will mean...
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Adapting Gaskell: Screen and Stage Versions of Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction
Loredana Salis (ed), Adapting Gaskell: Screen and Stage Versions of Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. xviii + 163. Hardback £39.99, ISBN 9781443851411.Can the works of Elizabeth Gaskell be counted...
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Chairman's Report: The Society's Year
Once again the highlight of the Gaskell year was the conference, held in Stratford Manor in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, just three miles outside Stratford-on-Avon. The location gives a clue to the conference theme, which was 'Elizabeth Gaskell...
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The Gaskell Conference 2013
Our conference this year took place over a gloriously sunny weekend at Stratfordon- Avon in the comfortable and scenically situated Stratford Manor Hotel. The conference opened with a talk from Roger Pringle, a former Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace...
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The Gaskells' House Project
We have had a very exciting year as our ambitions for the restoration of 84 Plymouth Grove have started to come to fruition. The work on the building is complete, and the furnishing of the interior is going on as I write. The House will be fully open...
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London & South East Branch
Without the generous and kind hospitality of Francis Holland School for Girls in Chelsea, I do not think the branch would flourish in quite the same way. It is not only the attraction of what, I hope, is a perennially varied programme but the central...
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South West Branch
Our group undertook seminars on North and South in February and March at members' homes and a number of very interesting topics were discussed: class in the novel, the theology of Mr Hale's decision, the historical background of trade unions, families...
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North West Branch
Our year began, as is customary, with a New Year Lunch, this time at Peover Golf Club on a January day atmospherically dusted with a fine covering of snow. After an excellent lunch, Shirley Foster entertained us, most appropriately, with a talk on 'Mrs...
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The Gaskell Society of Japan
The publication of Newsletter Number 25 was our first activity in 2013. It was our great pleasure to have on the opening page such an excellent article as 'The Appeal of Elizabeth Gaskell: A Personal View' by Dr Shirley Forster, the new President of...
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Vol. 27, 2013

Foreword
A distinctive feature of the Gaskell Journal 2013 is to showcase some of the innovative research that informs the continuing restoration of the Gaskells' house in Plymouth Grove, Manchester, following the substantial grants awarded for this project in...
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Notes on Contributors
Kathleen Anderson is a Professor of english at Palm Beach atlantic university and a specialist in nineteenth-century British women writers. She earned her PhD at the university of Iowa and has taught at university level for over twenty years. her co-authored...
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Taste and Morality at Plymouth Grove: Elizabeth Gaskell's Home and Its Decoration
Abstract: In 2010 Manchester Historic Buildings Trust appointed Crick Smith Conservation to analyse the paint and decorative finishes of the Gaskells' House at 84 Plymouth Grove, Ardwick, Manchester. The purpose of this commission was to inform the Trust...
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Understanding Elizabeth Gaskell's Garden and Its History
Abstract: The restoration of Elizabeth Gaskell's house in Longsight, Manchester, requires the re-establishment of the garden, a garden which was important to Elizabeth and William Gaskell when they moved there in 1850. This article will describe the...
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What the Gaskells Did Next: Life after Mother
Abstract: This essay extends the biographical knowledge of the lives of Elizabeth Gaskell's daughters and their father following Gaskell's death in 1865, in particular by making use of the recent publication of many of the daughters' letters. Consideration...
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Elizabeth Gaskell and the Madonna: Metaphors of the Maternal Divine
Abstract: Gaskell evokes the image of the Madonna in several fictional works, to consider its value as a metaphor for the maternal aspect of God. Her representation of the Marian cult is placed in the context of contemporary debates about the universal...
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Observing Observation: The Ethical Investigator in Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters
Abstract: In 1824-5, William Stevenson wrote a series of essays on political economy for Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine where he defined a standard for systems of scientific research, including that they must be applied with 'propriety'. Decades later,...
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'An Honest Up and Down Fight': Confrontation and Social Change in North and South
Abstract: For the characters in Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell's class-conscious North and South, tolerance does not seem to be a sufficient end in itself. The novel is filled with instances of people's hasty judgment of others and consequent miscommunication,...
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Mary Meynieu's Review of Mary Barton, Paris 1849
Introduction'Who has not heard of Manchester, whose rapid growth, vast development, influence and wealth are quoted with pride by devotees of the manufacturing system?' This confident rhetorical question launches a 33-page review of Mary Barton by Mary...
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Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic
Diana Wallace, Female Gothic Histories: Gender, History and the Gothic. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013, pp. vii + 243. Hardback £80.00, ISBN 978-0-7083-2574-2. e-ISBN 978-0-7083-2575-9Strange customs and weird, uncanny stories of the superstitious...
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Women and Literary Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century: The Transatlantic Production of Fame and Gender
Brenda R. Weber, Women and Literary Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century: The Transatlantic Production of Fame and Gender. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2012, pp. ix + 249. Hardback £60, ISBN 978-1-4094-0073-8. e-ISBN 978-1-4094-0074-5.Women and Literary...
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Letters of Mrs Gaskell's Daughters
Irene Wiltshire (ed.) Letters of Mrs Gaskell's Daughters. Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks, 2012; pp. 359. Paperback, £23.45. ISBN 978-1-84760-204-6.In 1997, Gaskell researchers and more general readers alike rejoiced greatly at the re-publication of Chapple...
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Chairwoman's Report: The Society's Year
This was the year when society members went on a memorable Gaskell holiday 'across the pond', to Boston. This was a holiday which Gaskell herself would love to have taken, comprising visits to places with Gaskell connections and to other places of more...
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Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Plymouth Grove
Since we were awarded the stage two grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in June 2012, work has proceeded as fast as it was possible. The first stage was the completion of the disabled ramp, part-funded by a grant from Manchester City Council which had...
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London and South East Branch
'If it ain't broke don't fix it' may not be an appropriate epithet for a literary journal, but it sums up another happy, successful, enjoyable, but perhaps unremarkable year. The formula of our Saturday meetings seems to meet with approval, given the...
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North West Branch
Our year began as usual with a New Year Lunch , again at The Cottons Hotel, Knutsford. After an excellent meal, Rosie Lomas, accompanied by Katarzyna Kowalik, delighted us with a recital of music known to Gaskell.The Knutsford meetings are held at St...
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The Gaskell Society of Japan
The publication of Newsletter No. 24 was our first activity in 2012. It was a great pleasure to have an article on the opening page from Ms Jenny Uglow : 'Elizabeth Gaskell's Letters'. In Japan, her book Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories is closely...
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Vol. 26, 2012

Foreword
Gaskell Journal 2012 focuses on two key themes this year: material culture and adaptation. It is a striking feature of the edition, however, that four articles refer almost solely to North and South, a novel that is fast becoming the canonical text for...
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JOAN LEACH MEMORIAL INTERDISCIPLINARY PRIZE ESSAY 2012: 'Nouns That Were Signs of Things': Object Lessons in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South
'Well, I suppose you are all in the depths of business - ladies' business, I mean.Very different to my business, which is the real true law business. Playing withshawls is very different work to drawing up settlements.'Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South...
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'You Say You Want a Revolution': Dialectical Soundscapes in Gaskell's North and South
You tell me it's the institution / Well, you know / You'd better free your mind instead. The Beatles, 'Revolution 1'Industry allows financial imbalance / Thrusting it between his shoulder blades /The Watusi, the Twist / El Dorado / Take this, brother,...
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The 'Atrocious' Interior: Wallpaper, Machinery and 1850s Aesthetics in North and South
It took us the whole week to get things in and the books on their shelves, though even now they are not arranged, only put up and the drawing room is still uninhabitable. Besides the trouble and the vexation in incident to moving we have had extra annoyances....
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'Speak on, Desolate Mother!': Elizabeth Gaskell's Isolated (M)others
'No one else can possibly have the influence which a mother may possess, or the facilities which she enjoys.' Rev. John S.C. Abbott, The Mother at Home1'A mother's love exceeds all others.' Elizabeth Gaskell, 'Diary'2Elizabeth Gaskell, constant mother...
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Death and Variations: North and South and the Work of Adaptation
'Death & Variations,' Gaskell's preferred title for North and South, hints at a worrying over the tension between uniformity and proliferation.1 If death puts a standardising stamp on every existence, it also assumes endlessly variable forms through...
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Elizabeth Gaskell as 'A Dramatic Common': Stanley Houghton's Appropriation of Mary Barton in Hindle Wakes
My title evokes two generically different texts and two culturally distinct times: Elizabeth Gaskell's industrial novel of 1848 and Stanley Houghton's realistic three-act play of 1912. However, both writers and their work are associated with Lancashire,...
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The Pleasures of the Return: Cranford, the Sequel
I. Pleasures again?The first series of the BBC's Cranford, broadcast in 2007, was a huge popular and critical success. As well as regularly drawing ten million viewers, the adaptation was met with almost universal acclaim in reviews in the British broadsheet...
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Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in Honour of Vincent Newey/The 'Invisible Hand' and British Fiction, 1818-1860: Adam Smith, Political Economy, and the Genre of Realism
Joanne Shattock 'The Authentic Voice of Elizabeth Gaskell' and Nick Davis, 'Anthropology, Bestial Humour and the Communal Authentic in Cranford' in Ashley Chantler, Michael Davies and Philip Shaw eds, Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in...
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The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880
The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880, eds John Kucich and Jenny Bourne Taylor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. xxxii + 548. Hardback £85, isbn 978-0-19-956061-5.This is a large, substantial book that has essays by thirty contributors and...
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Shock, Memory and the Unconscious in Victorian Fiction
Jill L. Matus, Shock, Memory and the Unconscious in Victorian Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp.x + 254. Hardback £62.00, isbn 978-0- 521-76024-9. Paperback £18.99, isbn 978-0-521-31025-3.In introducing Embodied Selves: An Anthology...
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Giving Women. Alliance and Exchange in Victorian Culture
Jill Rappoport, Giving Women. Alliance and Exchange in Victorian Culture. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp.viii + 260. Hardback £40.00, isbn 978-0-19-977260-5.In a book that spans the nineteenth century, it is good to see a whole...
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Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination
Katherine Byrne. Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Pp. viii + 223. Hardbook £55. isbn 978-0-521-76667-8.The study of literature and disease has grown up substantially in the thirty-odd years...
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Chairwoman's Report: The Society's Year
The undoubted highlight of the year was the conference, which was held in the lovely old cathedral city of Winchester, and voted by many as one the best conferences ever (given full report in The Gaskell Journal 25, 2011). The standard of lectures was...
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The Gaskells' House
Exciting News from 84 Plymouth Grove: we now have the go-head! £1,851,800 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which with a further £500,000 in match funding raised by the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust ensures the future of the House....
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London and South East Branch
I feel delighted to be able to report another excellent year of meetings and fund raising for the society. Attendance remains buoyant with the usual loyal band of members, plus new members arriving regularly, and interest from the continent. We have...
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North West Branch
Our year began with a New Year Lunch at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, where 30 members enjoyed an excellent lunch, a Gaskell quiz, and readings and music provided by a few very talented members. Our Knutsford meetings are held at the parish room at St John's...
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The Gaskell Society of Japan
The year 2011 was a special year for Japan because of the unprecedented disaster in the Tohoku district - the huge earthquakes, the catastrophic tsunami, and the radioactive contamination following the explosions of the Fukushima nuclear power station...
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