The Gaskell Journal

Articles from Vol. 27, 2013

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