Scheherezade In The Marketplace: Elizabeth Gaskell And The Victorian Novel by Hilary M. Schor Online

Scheherezade In The Marketplace: Elizabeth Gaskell And The Victorian Novel
Title : Scheherezade In The Marketplace: Elizabeth Gaskell And The Victorian Novel
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ISBN : 9780195073881
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : None

In this book Schor places the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell in the context both of Victorian society and Victorian fiction. She argues that Gaskell--long viewed as a private, gentle woman who wrote only from a sense of outrage at Industrial England--was in fact intensely interested in publication and in assuming a public voice. Schor also examines how Gaskell's efforts to wrIn this book Schor places the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell in the context both of Victorian society and Victorian fiction. She argues that Gaskell--long viewed as a private, gentle woman who wrote only from a sense of outrage at Industrial England--was in fact intensely interested in publication and in assuming a public voice. Schor also examines how Gaskell's efforts to write about those denied a voice within Victorian society led her to an awareness of her own silencing, and also the limitations of the culture's prevalent literary forms. Schor focuses first on Gaskell's early writing efforts and the difficulty encountered by a woman novelist trying to find a voice; then, on Gaskell's relation to the literary marketplace, and particularly her problematic relationship with Dickens; and finally, on the structure of Gaskell's final novels and the possibilities offered therein for alternative fictions.


Scheherezade In The Marketplace: Elizabeth Gaskell And The Victorian Novel Reviews

  • Erica

    Schor argues that Gaskell is not as conventionally feminine and demure as critics have made her out to be. Schor explores the ways in which Gaskell makes a space for female authorship in the Victorian period, navigating constructions of gender in order to innovate the form of the novel. Gaskell struggles against Dickens in the serialization of her fiction in Household Words--especially in Cranford, where reading Pickwick gets a character run over by a train. My own interest in reading this curre [...]