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The Resource Scheherezade in the marketplace : Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian novel, Hilary M. Schor

Scheherezade in the marketplace : Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian novel, Hilary M. Schor

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Scheherezade in the marketplace : Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian novel
Title
Scheherezade in the marketplace
Title remainder
Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian novel
Statement of responsibility
Hilary M. Schor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As the wife of a Unitarian minister who moved to Manchester, England at the height of the Industrial Revolution, Elizabeth Gaskell has traditionally been considered a practitioner of a kind of transparent realism, a naive reporter, an untrained sympathizer who wrote out of a sense of outrage at what she saw. Instead, Hilary Schor argues that Gaskell was in fact intensely interested in publication and in assuming a public voice. Scheherezade in the Marketplace is a study of Elizabeth Gaskell's encounters with--and subsequent experiments with--the "forms" of Victorian culture, both in society and literature. Looking at Gaskell's early writing efforts and the difficulty she encountered trying to find a voice, Schor focuses on the struggle of women writers with the literary plots they have inherited. Specifically, she explores how Gaskell used what seems to be the most conventional plot her culture offered, the heroine's courtship plot, to revise cultural expectations, and to open up the novel to new ideas and new forms. Examining the structure of Gaskell's final novels, Schor illustrates the possibilities offered therein for alternative fictions. By following the evolution of the heroine's plot throughout Gaskell's career, and tracing her development as a novelist, this study places Gaskell's fiction back in the marketplace of Victorian literature. Bringing to light her connections with Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics, her response to Darwin, changes brought on by industrialization, and her continuing battles over publication with Charles Dickens, Schor re-orients discussion of the seemingly ahistorical forms of the novel. Drawing on the insights of feminist and Marxist criticism, Schor re-opens the question of nineteenth-century female authorship, and makes a sustained argument for Gaskell's centrality to the traditions of the novel and of women's writing. This illuminating study tells two parallel stories: the difficult evolution of a woman novelist, and the "story" of the heroine across the progress of Gaskell's work
Cataloging source
DLC
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Schor, Hilary Margo
Dewey number
823/.8
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4711
LC item number
.S36 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
  • Women and literature
  • Romans
  • Victoriaanse tijd
  • Roman
  • Geschichte 1837-1901
  • Heldin
  • Soziale Wirklichkeit
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Englisch
Label
Scheherezade in the marketplace : Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian novel, Hilary M. Schor
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Based on the author's dissertation
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. The Novelist as Literary Daughter. 1. "I Have Tried to Write Truthfully": Authority and Authorship in Mary Barton. 2. The Plot of the Beautiful Ignoramus: Ruth and the Tradition of the Fallen Woman -- II. My Scheherezade: The Woman Novelist's Household Words. 3. Affairs of the Alphabet: The Novel, the Train, and the Woman Writer in Cranford. 4. "One Continued Series of Oppositions" North and South, Marriage, and the Romance of a Common Language -- III. So Many Views: Closing and Opening Victorian Fiction. 5. "Filled in with Pretty Writing": Desire, History, and Literacy in Sylvia's Lovers. 6. Telling Tales: Every-day Life, Secrets, and the Woman's Story in Wives and Daughters
Control code
24871586
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vi, 236 pages
Isbn
9780195073881
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91042287
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1437238
Label
Scheherezade in the marketplace : Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian novel, Hilary M. Schor
Publication
Note
Based on the author's dissertation
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. The Novelist as Literary Daughter. 1. "I Have Tried to Write Truthfully": Authority and Authorship in Mary Barton. 2. The Plot of the Beautiful Ignoramus: Ruth and the Tradition of the Fallen Woman -- II. My Scheherezade: The Woman Novelist's Household Words. 3. Affairs of the Alphabet: The Novel, the Train, and the Woman Writer in Cranford. 4. "One Continued Series of Oppositions" North and South, Marriage, and the Romance of a Common Language -- III. So Many Views: Closing and Opening Victorian Fiction. 5. "Filled in with Pretty Writing": Desire, History, and Literacy in Sylvia's Lovers. 6. Telling Tales: Every-day Life, Secrets, and the Woman's Story in Wives and Daughters
Control code
24871586
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vi, 236 pages
Isbn
9780195073881
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91042287
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1437238

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