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The AGM of the Gaskell Society 2019 at Cross Street Chapel

Saturday 6 April, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm



10.00 am: Tea and Coffee

10.30 am: AGM

11.30 am: The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by  Dr Katherine Skaris of Durham University who will be taking as her title  The Unsung Heroes of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Fiction.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s earlier works primarily address nineteenth-century social and political issues and her efforts in social reform, especially in regards to women, is ever-present in all her novels. In this paper, Katherine will argue that in Mary Barton, North and South, Ruth, Wives and Daughters, and Sylvia’s Lovers, Gaskell challenges the ideology of femininity and patriarchal power through her heroines

Katherine completed her doctoral degree at Durham University, in January 2016. Her PhD thesis explores the portrayal of women’s labour in nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and British fiction.

12.45 pm (approx) lunch

2.15pm: Dr.Mary  Hammond will be taking as her title  French Novels, Lemons and Lumps of Sugar: picturing the travelling reader in 1850-1930.”

This talk examines some iconic images of Victorian women reading while travelling and explores them alongside the fascinating, frank and often funny testimony of some of the millions of real women who read while they travelled along nineteenth-century Britain’s roads and railways.

Mary Hammond is Professor of English and Book History at the University of Southampton and a specialist in the history of reading. She is the author of many books and articles on nineteenth-century literature and its readers, and the editor of the forthcoming multi-volume Edinburgh History of Reading: a World Survey from Antiquity to the Present.

All are welcome to the talks



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£16.50 with lunch   nonmembers£18.50

£10 talks only   non-members talks only £12

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Please make cheques payable to The Gaskell Society

and send to Mrs Pam Griffiths, 37 Buckingham Drive, Knutsford . WA16 8LH

Tel: 01565 651761    mobile: 07792 241290    

by Monday 1st April 2019




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Saturday 6 April, 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street,
Manchester, M2 1NL United Kingdom
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