The Split Subject of Narration in Elizabeth Gaskell's First Person Fiction (Hardback)
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The Split Subject of Narration in Elizabeth Gaskell's First Person Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 178 Pages / Published: 08/12/2011
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The Split Subject of Narration in Elizabeth Gaskell's First-Person Fiction analyzes a number of Elizabeth Gaskell's first-person works through a post-modern perspective. It attempts to explore the vicissitudes of Victorian Subjectivity by focusing on the ways in which E. Gaskell's realistic and Gothic fiction interrogate post-Romantic assumptions about the centrality and coherence of the narrating subject.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739166086
Number of pages: 178
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 18 mm


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Elizabeth Gaskell and Jacques Lacan are brought together here in a sophisticated and original exploration of the psychoanalytic implications of Gaskell's narrative strategies. Through a close reading of Gaskell's first-person fiction, Koustinoudi throws light on the gaps and dislocations that lurk within these deceptively simple narratives, revealing Gaskell to have had as much in common with her modernist successors as with her Victorian contemporaries. Indispensable for students of Gaskell, this book also makes a significant contribution to the field of psychoanalytic literary criticism. -- Ruth Parkin-Gounelas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr. Koustinoudi presents an insightful post-structural analysis of a selection of Elizabeth Gaskell's first-person fiction (Cranford, Cousin Phillis, the 'German' short stories 'Six Weeks at Heppenheim' and 'The Grey Woman' and the Gothic tale, 'The Poor Clare'), methodically exploring the narrative subjectivity of these five works. By elucidating Gaskell's balanced handling of the tension between the I and the eye of these prose tales, Koustinoudi presents a strongly theoretical gaze that points the reader to achieving an understanding and appreciation of Gaskell's Victorian reality. She applies the work of Lacan to her reading of Gaskell, noting that just as Lacan informs that reading, Gaskell's writing is informed by her challenge of Descartes's 'notions of the self's wholeness and centrality' through her plots, her characters and (especially) her narrators. -- Nancy S. Weyant, Gaskell Bibliographer and associate professor emeritus, Bloomsburg University

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