The Gaskell Journal

Articles from Vol. 30, 2016

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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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'...
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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