Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South (1996)

Two Thursdays: July 18 and 25, 2-4 p.m.

$60.00 (10% off for members)

In Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, Margaret Hale and her family leave an idyllic life in rural, southern England for the bustle of the industrial north. In the cramped, crowded streets of Milton-Northern, a city loosely based on Manchester, Margaret and her family must learn to adjust to a new way of life. Instead of landed gentry of their past, the Hales’ new social circle includes Mr. Thornton, a harsh mill-owner whose workers are always on the brink of strike.

On the surface, North and South reads like a gritty retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but on closer reading, Gaskell gives us a complex study of capitalism and inequality, informed by Victorian political philosophy. Like other novels of the day, Gaskell reveals the dark underbelly of the factory system, but instead of idealizing pastoral England, she also turns a critical eye to the superstition and injustice prevalent in agrarian communities.

Over the course of two weeks, we’ll discuss many of the novel’s central themes: gender inequality, class and industrialism, rebellion and protest, visual culture, and of course, what it means when we say “Victorian Realist novel.”

For the first class, please read the first twenty-seven chapters. We’ll discuss the second half of the book in the second class. Two Thursdays: July 18 and 25, 2-4 p.m.

North and South (Paperback) by Elizabeth Gaskell

Lori Brister has a Ph.D. in English literature and frequently writes about travel literature and visual culture. She has contributed to numerous scholarly publications and journals, and her nonfiction essays have appeared in Literary Hub, The Platform UK, South Atlantic Review, and forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is also the website manager and graphic designer at Politics and Prose.

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By Elizabeth Gaskell, Patricia Ingham (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140434248
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1996