Given the current Covid-19 outbreak, our committee has taken the decision to cancel or postpone our events until further notice. At time of writing, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has closed its doors until a planned review in July. All events listed are subject to change or cancellation.
Please stay safe, dear members, and we hope to see you at our events and meetings again before too long.
The other side of Manchester Dr. Ann Brooks and Bryan Haworth will put Manchester in a social context. Their research has focused on Manchester so they are knowledgeable about the city in Gaskell’s time. Sandwich lunch available from 12.45. Tea and cake after the meeting.Find out more »
The letters of Mrs Gaskell’s daughters 1856 -1914 Dr Irene Wiltshire These letters have been compiled and edited by Irene and were published this year by Humanities – Ebooks. She will talk to us about her work and the letters. Sandwich lunch available from 12.45. Tea and cake after the meeting.Find out more »
Elizabeth Gaskell Illustrated’ Emma Marigliano Emma Marigliano is the Chief Librarian at the Portico Library in Manchester, a place frequented by both William who was president for many years and Elizabeth although her access was rather confined to the reading of current periodicals. Emma will speak about the ways in which Gaskell’s novels have been illustrated over the years. You may remember that we had a speaker about this topic over 10 years ago so it seems timely to renew…Find out more »
‘Domestic visiting as a means of social knowledge and reconciliation in Gaskell’s fiction A talk by Professor Martin Hewitt from Anglia Ruskin University Martin will draw on Gaskell’s novels and short stories, especially Mary Barton, North and South and her Manchester short stories, to explore the way Gaskell advocated and exemplified what he calls the ‘visiting mode’ as way of knowing the nineteenth century city. His talk will be based on a chapter of his short monograph, provisionally entitled Seeing Space and Place in the Nineteenth…Find out more »
I’m afraid that once again I have to announce a late change of speaker for this meeting. Lucy Hanks, who was due to speak to us about William Gaskell’s revisions on The Life of Charlotte Brontë, has had to withdraw due to a family illness, although we hope that she will be able to deliver her talk in our next programme. Instead we have been fortunate enough to secure another speaker whom we are sure you will find an excellent replacement…Find out more »
Out in Public with Gaskell's Women A talk by Dr Flore Janssen Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels form perfect illustrations of the mid-nineteenth-century debates around women in the public sphere. Crossing class boundaries and addressing the world of work, novels like Mary Barton, Ruth, and North and South show women whose work and personal commitments require them to assert their presence in the public sphere, both literally, walking alone in busy streets, and figuratively, in their engagement with matters of law and business. This talk addresses…Find out more »
Connectedness in Cranford A talk by Annick Pommier Elizabeth Gaskell led a highly connected life. She built a vast and varied social network over a relatively short period of time and the thousand or so letters that she wrote give us a glimpse of a woman for whom forging and maintaining connections was essential. Her need to connect was not confined to her personality and social life and extends to her works. In her presentation, Annick will explore some of the…Find out more »
Was it quite impossible but that your Ruth should die?: Elizabeth Gaskell’s self-sacrificial heroine and the Life of Charlotte Brontë A talk by Dr Angharad Eyre How did Elizabeth Gaskell manage to present the controversial Charlotte Brontë as a popular Victorian heroine? This was no easy task, especially given Gaskell’s own disapproval of Brontë’s novels. Nevertheless, Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Brontë secured Brontë’s place in respectable Victorian culture for the rest of the century. This paper explores the various religious literary traditions…Find out more »
Please note that this event has been postponed, due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We hope to reschedule the sessions as soon as it's safe and we're able to do so. ---------- Eco-Gothic and Mary Barton A talk by Dr Lindsey Stewart This talk will consider how Mary Barton presents emotional and psychological distress and argue that, in this novel, Gaskell uses eco-gothic tropes to frame the environment as pathological. Lindsey is a member of our branch and a Visiting Fellow in the…Find out more »
As you’ll appreciate, arrangements can change, so please be sure to check details before you leave home.