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  • 19th century,  Feminist Sundays,  General Fiction

    Feminist Sundays: Elizabeth Gaskell

    Happy 1st of December! I’m back with yet another Feminist Sunday 🙂 Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. Today I’ll be presenting you a personal favourite of mine and my readers: 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. You can read a more extensive biography and study of her main works here. But today I will give you a…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Victorian

    Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford is novel by English 19th century author Elizabeth Gaskell, published between 1951 and 1953 in Charles Dickens’ Household Word Magazine, mainly read by the middle classes. This review will focus only in Cranford. For more information about Mrs.Gaskell, click here. 4/5 When I was negotiating which book to choose for my project with my literature professor, I realized that I had the opportunity to read something fantastic that was not in the program. All my classmates decided on Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley or the BrontĂ«s. Our professor wanted us to focus on an author we had not previously read and doing some research on the web I…

  • Essays,  Random

    The Classics Issue – Women in Literature

    Just a week ago I made my presentation on Mrs. Gaskell’s Cranford. But two days ago something happened that made me think about the way we approach literature. Here goes the winter of my discontent: A senior student classmate (she must be 70) approached me on Monday to talk about my presentation on Gaskell. She told me how she liked it and how beautiful my English was and it was all compliments until she said: “But, well, whether Cranford is a classic or not, that’s another question.” And I smiled. I had not mentioned the label “classic” in any part of my presentation, I only spoke about Mrs. Gaskell life…

  • 19th century,  Features,  General Fiction

    Mrs. Gaskell – A biography

    When choosing a project for my 19th century literature lesson I had a lot of authors to choose from: Austen, Dickens, Elliot, the BrontĂ«s… but Elizabeth Gaskell was not on the program! After consulting with my professor, we both agreed I could work on Mrs. Gaskell and Cranford for my presentation. The truth is, I could not be happier! First I read Cranford and then, when planning my first lesson as a teacher, I realized I could not tell my classmates about the book without referring to the author. So, here goes some information on Elizabeth before I publish my Cranford review. Sometimes, the life of authors is key to…