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Elizabeth Gaskell and the Art of the Short Story

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Edited By Francesco Marroni, Renzo D'Agnillo and Massimo Verzella

This volume presents a collection of original and interconnected essays which aim to chart Elizabeth Gaskell’s literary imagination by focusing on diverse aspects of her short stories. It includes the papers read at the conference on «Elizabeth Gaskell and the art of the short story», organized by the Centre for Victorian and Edwardian Studies (CUSVE, «G. d’Annunzio» University, Pescara, 2010), to celebrate the bicentenary of her birth. While offering fresh insights into Gaskell’s shorter fiction, this collection provides an introduction to the many issues that absorbed her literary attention. Most importantly, by considering the growing significance of some neglected aspects of her works and the cultural and ideological context in which she lived, the contributions collectively delineate Gaskell’s artistic tensions, ethical sensibility and social commitment in a rapidly changing world. In their overall critical design, the contributors intend to shed light on the complex web of dialogic suggestions underlying her fiction, while at the same time revealing the extraordinary and multifaceted inventiveness of one of the most important Victorian writers.

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Index Abraham, William J. 42n Abrams, M. H. 110n Adelaide, Queen 139, 139n Albentosa Hernández, José Ignacio 207n All the Year Round 15, 101n, 105, 113, 190n Allott, Miriam 17, 17n Andres, Sophia 198, 198n Annis, Francesca 162 Apocalypse Now Redux (dir. Francis Ford Coppola) 116n Arcara, Stefania 211n Ascari, Maurizio 53, 53n Ashley, Michael 27n, 51n, 106, 106n, 108n Athenaeum 146n Atkins, Eileen 155n Auerbach, Nina 174n Aurora Floyd (Mary Elizabeth Braddon) 67n Austen, Jane 81, 156, 162n, 199n Awakening Conscience, The (William Holman Hunt) 198 Bachelard, Gaston 86n Bailey, Benjamin 175n Barnard, John 172n Beer, John 171n Beeton, Isabella 82, 87 Bell, Ian A. 59n Billington, Josie 191, 191n Bird, Darlene 186n Birtwistle, Sue 155n, 156n, 158, 158n, 166n, 167n Bishop, Nicholas 160 Blackwood’s 133n Blair, Tony 167 Bleak House (C. Dickens) 55, 73n Blessed Damozel, The (Dante Gabriel Rossetti) 198 Bloom, Harold 7, 7n, 8 Bodenheimer, Rosemarie 172n Bonaparte, Felicia 99, 106, 106n, 182n, 184n, 185, 186n Boos, Florence S. 198n Bourne, Hugh 40n Boyum, Joy Gould 167n Braddon, Mary Elizabeth 57, 67n Briggs, Asa 139n Brill, Peter 155n Brontë family 105 Brontë, Charlotte 7n, 9, 94n, 103, 156 Brown, Ira V. 111n Bryden, Inga 82n Bückler, Johannes (‘Schinderhannes’) 57n Burgis, Nina 73n Burke, William 78, 78n Burrow, John 111n Butler, Samuel 41n Byrne, Catherine 160, 160n Caddy, Florence 83 Caleb Williams (William Godwin) 53, 63, 76 Cardwell, Sarah 162n Carlyle, Thomas 34, 44, 84, 123, 123n, 124–5, 141 Cartmell, Deborah 161n Cecil, David...

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