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Elizabeth Gaskell

Patsy Stoneman


This study portrays Elizabeth Gaskell as an important social analyst who deliberately challenged the Victorian disjunction between public and private ethical values, maintaining a steady resistance to aggressive authority and advocating female friendship, rational motherhood and the power of speech as forces for social change. Since 1987, Gaskell's work has risen from minor to major status. Despite a wealth of subsequent gender-oriented criticism, however, this book's combination of psychoanalytic and political analysis is challenging in its use of modern motherhood theories. It presents the o ... More

Keywords: Elizabeth Gaskell, social analyst, ethical values, authority, female friendship, rational motherhood, power of speech, social change, motherhood, political analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074479
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patsy Stoneman, author