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Dr Diane Duffy will again be leading our discussion. This month she will be focusing once more on Chapter 16 of Mary Barton. She will look at John Barton’s tragedy, thinking about Gaskell's initial intention to make it John’s story and being persuaded to change her mind. Many critics believe this novel to be a book of two halves, initially focusing on John and later moving to Mary. They feel this is detrimental to the novel. What are your views? …Find out more »
Timetable 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…Find out more »
Dr Diane Duffy will be leading this last discussion on Mary Barton. She writes: In the final meeting we will look at money. Make a note of when you come across the mention of money and in what context-you may be surprised at the frequency. Gaskell sometimes looks at money being present in transactions and sometimes she studies the effects of its absence, but in every case it is of prime importance. I will choose some examples to study and…Find out more »
‘Whose Line is it Anyway? William Gaskell’s Revisions on The Life of Charlotte Bronte’ A talk by Lucy Hanks Lucy will explain her interest in Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary relationship with Charlotte Brontë, and talk about her research at the John Rylands Library and the British Library. Lucy is a doctoral student at the University of Manchester who analyses the markings and revisions on manuscripts. She says she is honoured to be invited to speak to the London and SE group…Find out more »