Elizabeth Gaskell, Citizen of the World: Civic Lessons
Title
Elizabeth Gaskell, Citizen of the World: Civic Lessons
Price
€ 34,95
ISBN
9789085551133
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
180
Language
English
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Frequently Cited Texts and Abbreviations Introduction: Gaskell's Eighteenth-Century Rational Dissenting Heritage Critical Heritage Key Terms Explained: Citizen of the World and Civic Sermons Family Influences Gaskell's Civic Ideas in Embryo: A Case Study of The Moorland Cottage Chapter Outline 1: 1838-1849 Apprenticeship with the Howitts Literary Building Blocks: Letters, 'Cheshire Customs' and 'Clopton Hall Entering the Howitts' Circle of Radical Activists The Howitts' European and Transatlantic Consciousness Howitt's Journal's Quest for Equality What's in a Name?: Cotton Mather Mills, Esq Contributing to Howitt's Journal: Promoting Co-operation Contributing to Sartain's Union Magazine: Wit and the Critical Voice 2: 1850-1856 Battling Patriarchal Notions Gaskell and the Woman Question Dickens's Literary Influence From 'Lizzie Leigh' to Ruth: Jobs for Women, Fallen Women and Illegitimate Children Turning the Tables: The Fallen Man in Matriarchal Society Cranford in Haworth Territory Eradicating Prejudice and Superstition: The Need for Enlightened Education A Happy Ending?: Women's Open-Ended Story 3: 1853-1856 Fighting Religious Discrimination Gaskell and Mme Mohl's Salon: Developing a European Consciousness Setting the Scene: Religious Prejudice in England F.D. Maurice's Influence on Gaskell's Work North and South and the Problem of Religious Discrimination Gaskell's Short Non-Fiction Works in Context 4: 1858-1860 Scrutinising the Dissenting Past Old and New England: Bridging the Gap with Mabel Vaughan History's Lessons: Revolution versus Moral Enlightenment Sins of the Fathers: Gaskell's Civic Lessons for America 'Curious, if True': Releasing the Past to Herald in the Future Christian Leadership Defined Misinterpreting the Past: Personal Lessons Learned 5: 1863 Fashion Versus Emancipation The Distress in Southern Lancashire, the American Civil War and Abolitionism Sylvia's Lovers and the Rights of Man 'Shams' and 'The Cage at Cranford': The Shackles of Queen Fashion 'Robert Gould Shaw': Liberating the Outcast Civic Lessons: The Culmination Conclusion Publication Details of Short Works Used in this Thesis

Margriet Schippers

Elizabeth Gaskell, Citizen of the World: Civic Lessons

Gaskell's fiction and non-fiction, essays, short stories and novels work together and develop themes across time. Her wide variety of genres and themes are explained by the fact that she, like her forbears the eighteenth-century rational Dissenters, aimed to bring about a more just and inclusive society. In fact, though she considered telling stories her 'one talent', it took second place to imparting civic lessons. Besides using historic examples of injustice from a range of countries, Gaskell repeatedly evoked earlier social critics' work through quotes and allusions, transforming it into a current civic message. Her philanthropic, social and literary works inform one another, with her writing serving as her campaigning tool, used for educational, networking and fundraising purposes.
Author

Margriet Schippers

Margriet Schippers has worked in Asia for the past twenty years. She is currently a lecturer at Peking University's Institute for Medical Humanities where she teaches American and English literature. Her research focuses on Dissenters in the Victorian period.