Broken Bodies, Permeable Subjects: Rethinking Victorian Women's "Agency" in Gaskell's North and South

Reeder, Jessie
December 2013
Nineteenth Century Gender Studies;Winter2013, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p1
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of the book "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell is presented. It outlines the characters and explores the symbolic significance of these characters. It examines the depiction of Victorian womanhood as flexible enough to be seen with contradictory social identities. It also analyzes Gaskell's portrayal of the female body as a political symbol in the novel.


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