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Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 4 November, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ernest Jones’s class negotiations through literature during the Chartist period

A talk by Dr Simon Rennie  

For a few short years towards the end of their respective lives, Ernest Charles Jones (1819-69) and Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) lived in Manchester at the same time. Both were members of the middle class lauded for their efforts on behalf of the working class through their literary interventions, but the models of their relationship with a different social class could not be more different. Whilst a recent critical work has suggested that Gaskell’s novel North and South ‘acknowledges that the cultivated elite can do no more than seek to cultivate intercourse between entrepreneurs and workers’, Ernest Jones immersed himself in political activism, and in some senses began to identify with the working class.

Dr. Simon Rennie is an Associate Lecturer in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University.

£3 members, £4 visitors – visitors are always very welcome!

The chapel opens its doors at 12.00, so if you’d like to bring along a sandwich and join us for lunch, you’ll be very welcome.


Tuesday 4 November, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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