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The Novel as Cultural Geography : Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South


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Knežević, Borislav. (2011). The Novel as Cultural Geography : Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia, 56. pp. 85-105. ISSN 0039-3339

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The article examines the work of cartography in the 1854/5 Gaskell novel North andSouth, which has long been considered an example of the genre of the industrial novel dealing with capital/labor relations. The novel is analyzed as a complex exercise in themapping of national space, which involves the creation of a map stretching from the global to the domestic. An argument is made that in the mid-19th century the English novel took it upon itself to take part in the articulation of knowledge about society that the novelists felt was necessary at a time when society was rapidly changing and new discourses on social relations were needed. The article claims that the spatiality in Gaskell’s novel needs to be read in relation to three historical coordinates: the topical imperative of the condition of England debate, the work of imagining the nation that characterizes the novel as a genre, and the ability of the novel as a genre to narrativize the mediations between the private and the public: in case of North and South, there is a clear example of mediating conventions of domestic fiction and social-issue topical literature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: class, cultural geography, industrial capitalism, industrial novel
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 09:30
Last Modified: 10 May 2014 08:58

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