A concise, modern, critical study showing Mrs Gaskell to be a radical and experimental writer as well as a perceptive social commentator.
Description: This original study of Elizabeth Gaskell places the woman and her writings within their full Victorian context. Recent critical appraisal has focused both on her role as a novelist of industrial England, and on her awareness of the position of women and the problems of the woman writer in that society. Kate Flint's perceptive book shows that for Elizabeth Gaskell the condition of women was inseparable from the broader issues of social change. Books such as Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters continually analyse and interrogate questions of power, authority and the expjression and transmission of human values, and challenge many widely-held pre-conceptions of the age. Dr Flint shows how recent feminist criticism and theories of narrative work together to illuminate the radical and experimental nature of Mrs Gaskell's fiction.
‘..level-headed and acute.’ In-between
a concise and up-to-date introduction to the writer’s life and work
Forum of Modern Language Studies
Author: Flint, Kate