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Mary Barton (1848)

Patsy Stoneman

in Elizabeth Gaskell

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074479
eISBN:
9781781701188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074479.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Most critics deplore the presence of ‘extraneous factors’ such as the love story and the murder plot in Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell dissociated herself from ‘political economy’ because she ... More


Rocks and Living Tongues: Inductive Science and the Novels of the Present

Megan Perigoe Stitt

in Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction: Scott, Gaskell, and Kingsley

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184423
eISBN:
9780191674242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184423.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Geologists at the end of the 18th century began to shift their focus to organic proofs of change. The same trend was also happening in the field of philology and language as the anxiety of language ... More


Behind the Curtain: Domestic Industry in Mary Barton

Susan Fraiman

in Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231166348
eISBN:
9780231543750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231166348.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Develops a reading of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton (1848) that shifts the discussion of this industrial novel from waged to unwaged industry, from the masculinized factory floor to the feminized ... More


Coziness and Its Vicissitudes: Checked Curtains and Global Cotton Markets in Mary Barton

Elaine Freedgood

in The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261553
eISBN:
9780226261546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Fustian and calico hold a host of meanings in their names, in their histories, and, quite literally, in their rough and smooth textures. Part of the genealogy of coziness that we can trace in checked ... More


Industrial Accidents and Novel Insurances

Paul Fyfe

in By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780198732334
eISBN:
9780191796678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732334.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Few problems so plagued the industrializing city as fires. In the 1840s, on the uncertain ground of places like Manchester in England’s north, a diverse cohort of manufacturers, business agents, and ... More


Reading Elizabeth Gaskell: The Story So Far and Some New Suggestions

Patsy Stoneman

in Elizabeth Gaskell

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074479
eISBN:
9781781701188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074479.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Some Victorian women's novels, such as Jane Eyre, have been a major inspiration to the current women's movement. Others, such as Elizabeth Gaskell's, have been seen as irrelevant or even ... More


Conclusion

Patsy Stoneman

in Elizabeth Gaskell

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074479
eISBN:
9781781701188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074479.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Between Mary Barton and Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell has shifted from public to private themes, from fatherhood to motherhood, and from a self-conscious use of Romantic or Biblical allusion ... More


Sense in the Middle: Teleological vs. Cumulative Plotting

Lorri G. Nandrea

in Misfit Forms: Paths Not Taken by the British Novel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823263431
eISBN:
9780823266623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263431.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter argues that a tendency to equate “plot,” per se, with the teleological plot aimed at closure has obscured the specific capacities of alternative structures. An analogy to periodic and ... More


The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Elaine Freedgood

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261553
eISBN:
9780226261546
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

While the Victorian novel famously describes, catalogs, and inundates the reader with things, the protocols for reading it have long enjoined readers not to interpret most of what crowds its pages. ... More


Life and labour on the St. Helier estate, 1930–20001

David M. Smith

in On the margins of inclusion: Changing labour markets and social exclusion in London

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861346018
eISBN:
9781447302872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861346018.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter discusses debates about poverty and the quality of life on the St. Helier estate. It notes that the debate was sparked by a speech given in 1939 by Mrs Loveman, organiser of the St. ... More


Introduction: Reading Things

Elaine Freedgood

in The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261553
eISBN:
9780226261546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261546.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Victorian novels describe, catalog, quantify, and in general shower us with things that threaten to crowd the narrative right off the page. These things do not get taken seriously—that is to say, ... More


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