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Author: Patsy Stoneman

This study portrays Elizabeth Gaskell as an important social analyst who deliberately challenged the Victorian disjunction between public and private ethical values, maintaining a steady resistance to aggressive authority and advocating female friendship, rational motherhood and the power of speech as forces for social change. Since 1987, Gaskell's work has risen from minor to major status. Despite a wealth of subsequent gender-oriented criticism, however, this book's combination of psychoanalytic and political analysis is challenging in its use of modern motherhood theories. It presents the original text unchanged (except for bibliographical updating), together with a new critical Afterword. The Afterword offers detailed evaluation of all the Gaskell criticism published between 1985 and 2004 that has a bearing on the book's subject, and thus provides both a wide-ranging debate on the social implications of motherhood and a survey of Gaskell criticism over the last twenty years. This edition, with an updated bibliography and index, will bring the book to a new audience, while also offering a comprehensive overview of current Gaskell studies.

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Size matters
Deanne Williams

Miniature is one of the refuges of greatness (Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space ) At first, David Starkey didn’t recognise Princess Elizabeth in this portrait ( Figure 3 ). However, he was immediately struck by her

in Goddesses and Queens
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The cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva
Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann

Roosevelt, Cleopatra, Elizabeth the First. That’s the kind of company I want to keep.’ 1 Because it traces the imaginary legacy of its protagonist not only to the tragic last pharaoh of ancient Egypt but also to the last of the Tudors, this recent TV drama serves as a useful point of departure for this essay, which aims to look at Elizabeth I in relation to cultural anxieties regarding women and public power in the

in The British monarchy on screen
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Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek

2 Elizabeth Major Elizabeth Major ( fl. 1656), a Puritan, wrote and published Honey on the Rod: Or a Comfortable Contemplation for One in Affliction; with Sundry Poems on Several Subjects in 1656, to be used by its readers as an instructive and comforting work if they were in bodily or spiritual affliction. Though the narrative is not set out as a spiritual autobiography (as in the manner of Katherine Sutton’s or Hannah Allen’s printed works), it depicts the conversion process of Major’s ‘Soul’ as she responded to the Lord’s spiritual refinement. As a

in Flesh and Spirit
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Home town anthropologist, systems sceptic
Richard Werbner

3 Elizabeth Colson: home town anthropologist, systems sceptic The pioneers of modern social anthropology made their ethnographic and comparative breakthroughs in times of remarkable crisis: from pre-war to post-war times, from the colonial to the postcolonial periods. Much of their legacy is now underestimated or even neglected as if it were hopelessly out of date. Yet because this legacy speaks to troubled times, it is vital for understanding intractable realities in the present. Aware of that significant presence of the past, and addressing the Diamond

in Anthropology after Gluckman
The biography of an insurgent woman
Author: Maureen Wright

Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918) was one of the most significant pioneers of the British women's emancipation movement, though her importance is little recognised. Wolstenholme Elmy referred to herself as an ‘initiator’ of movements, and she was at the heart of every campaign Victorian feminists conducted — her most well-known position being that of secretary of the Married Women's Property Committee from 1867–82. A fierce advocate of human rights, as the secretary of the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, Wolstenholme Elmy earned the nickname of the ‘parliamentary watch-dog’ from Members of Parliament anxious to escape her persistent lobbying. Also a feminist theorist, she believed wholeheartedly in the rights of women to freedom of their person, and was the first woman ever to speak from a British stage on the sensitive topic of conjugal rape. Wolstenholme Elmy engaged theoretically with the rights of the disenfranchised to exert force in pursuit of the vote, and Emmeline Pankhurst lauded her as ‘first’ among the infamous suffragettes of the Women's Social and Political Union. As a lifelong pacifist, however, she resigned from the WSPU Executive in the wake of increasingly violent activity from 1912. A prolific correspondent, journalist, speaker and political critic, Wolstenholme Elmy left significant resources, believing they ‘might be of value’ to historians. This book draws on a great deal of this documentation to produce a portrait that does justice to her achievements as a lifelong ‘Insurgent woman’.

The Story So Far and Some New Suggestions
Patsy Stoneman

chap 1 20/7/06 9:40 am Page 1 1 Reading Elizabeth Gaskell: The Story So Far and Some New Suggestions feminist literary criticism . . . present[s us] with a radical alteration of our vision, a demand that we see meaning in what has hitherto been empty space. The orthodox plot recedes, and another plot, hitherto submerged in the anonymity of the background, stands out in bold relief like a thumbprint. (Elaine Showalter, 1975: 435) Some Victorian women’s novels, like Jane Eyre, have been a major inspiration to the current women’s movement (Showalter, 1984

in Elizabeth Gaskell
Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek

8 Lady Elizabeth Delaval Between 1663 and 1672, Lady Elizabeth Delaval (1649–1717) wrote several autobiographical meditations and prayers that explored the relation­ ship between her inconsistent religious obedience and her physical condition. As well as meditations on her personal condition, such as when she experienced toothache, she also meditated upon largescale epi­demics, such as the outbreaks of plague in the 1660s. In one example she describes how she incurred God’s displeasure, causing her to become ill because she ate too much fruit when her aunt had

in Flesh and Spirit
Troop levies from the counties
Neil Younger

Chapter 4 . Fighting Elizabeth’s wars Troop levies from the counties T hroughout the wars of 1585–1603, every English soldier who fought for his Queen did so outside England. The militia, however much effort was put into their exercise, never saw action in defence of their country. The sharp end of the military effort was always abroad: firstly, in the Netherlands; after 1588 in northern France; in Ireland, reaching a peak in 1599–1601; and, throughout, at sea, where many soldiers formed part of the various aggressive efforts against Spain and its empire

in War and politics in the Elizabethan counties
Jessica L. Malay

6 Elizabeth Hardwick’s material negotiations Jessica L. Malay Hardwick New Hall, now in the hands of the National Trust, is represented on its web page with a short descriptor: ‘An Elizabethan Masterpiece’. This descriptor sits about two-thirds down the page, underneath a stunning westerly view of the house. To those unfamiliar with the house, its relationship to Elizabeth Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury may not be at first apparent, though the initials ‘ES’ in carved openwork decorating the tops of the six banqueting houses may intrigue and elicit the

in Bess of Hardwick