Amsterdam University Press
Elizabeth Gaskell, Citizen of the World: Civic Lessons
Title
Elizabeth Gaskell, Citizen of the World: Civic Lessons
Price
€ 34,95
ISBN
9789085551133
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
180
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm

Margriet Schippers

Elizabeth Gaskell, Citizen of the World: Civic Lessons

Gaskell's fiction and non-fiction, essays, short stories and novels work together and develop themes across time. Her wide variety of genres and themes are explained by the fact that she, like her forbears the eighteenth-century rational Dissenters, aimed to bring about a more just and inclusive society. In fact, though she considered telling stories her 'one talent', it took second place to imparting civic lessons. Besides using historic examples of injustice from a range of countries, Gaskell repeatedly evoked earlier social critics' work through quotes and allusions, transforming it into a current civic message. Her philanthropic, social and literary works inform one another, with her writing serving as her campaigning tool, used for educational, networking and fundraising purposes.
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Author

Margriet Schippers

Margriet Schippers has worked in Asia for the past twenty years. She is currently a lecturer at Peking University's Institute for Medical Humanities where she teaches American and English literature. Her research focuses on Dissenters in the Victorian period.