The Meanings of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction
  • Release Date : 01 October 2013
  • Publisher : Victorian Secrets Limited
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 236 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9781906469474
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Download or read book entitled The Meanings of Home in Elizabeth Gaskell's Fiction by author: Lambert, Carolyn which was release on 01 October 2013 and published by Victorian Secrets Limited with total page 236 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. In this beautifully written study, Carolyn Lambert explores the ways in which Elizabeth Gaskell challenges the nineteenth-century cultural construct of the home as a domestic sanctuary offering protection from the external world. Gaskell’s fictional homes often fail to provide a place of safety: doors and windows are ambiguous openings through which death can enter, and are potent signifiers of entrapment as well as protective barriers. The underlying fragility of Gaskell’s concept of home is illustrated by her narratives of homelessness, a state she uses to represent psychological, social, and emotional separation. By drawing on novels, letters and non-fiction writings, Lambert shows how Gaskell’s detailed descriptions of domestic interiors allow for nuanced and unconventional interpretations of character and behaviour, and evince a complex understanding of the significance of home for the construction of identity, gender and sexuality. Lambert’s Gaskell is an outsider whose own dilemmas and conflicts are reflected in the intricate and multi-faceted portrayals of home in her fiction.

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