We host a year-round programme of meetings and events – many of which are open to everyone.
The Gaskell Society is delighted to welcome the return Dr Diane Duffy, who, in the last session, led the discussions such interesting and informative way.
In this session we will be studying North and South and Diane will explore the two main thematic/generic strands of the novel: industrial relatons and romance.
She writes: I will begin with the romance genre which traditionally is part of the acculturation process-making men and women fit into the desired/expected social role models.Many women writers subvert this form of acculturation by redistributing power more equally between men and women, and re/defining these gender role models.
In the first meeting I want to explore Gaskell’s treatment of women, looking at the four available roles for women in North and South- mother , daughter, sister, wife.
I want us to explore the ways in which Gaskell presents and even possibly redefines these social roles and what she might consider the long term social and/or personal benefits of these re/definitions.
Prior to the discussion there will be the usual delicious buffet lunch served at 12.30 pm. The discussion will begin at 2pm. and finish at 3pm. Doors open at 12.00 pm..
Charges: Members: £9 incl lunch Discussion only: £3
Non-members: £10 incl lunch. Discussion only: £4 All are welcome
There will also be a chance to visit the Gaskell Exhibition Room on the first floor
Brook Street Chapel Hall is accessed directly from Adams Hill, on the opposite side to Knutsford Railway Station (pedestrian crossing at traffic lights).
.NB The Knutsford meetings take place on the last Wednesday of every month from October to April, excluding December.