Faithful Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy: A Comparative Study

Faithful Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy: A Comparative Study

by Josie Billington

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Faithful Realism: Elizabeth Gaskell and Leo Tolstoy: A Comparative Study by Josie Billington

Countering the modern ranking of Gaskell (1810-65) as a second tier author for her Victorian English social problem novels, Billington (English, Chester College of Higher Education, UK) reads Gaskell as Tolstoy's equal in 19th century realism. The author contrasts Gaskell's re-write in Wives and Daughters with Maria Edgeworth's 18th century-style Helen, and her Cranford with Tolstoy's The Kruetzer Sonata. She also compares the visions of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy with Tolstoy's. Appends facsimiles and transcriptions of passages analyzed from Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and Sylvia's Lovers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838754580
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
1.Helen and Wives and Daughters17
An Older World: Helen17
From Helen to Wives and Daughters31
2.Reading Gaskell's (So-Called) "Homely Prose"40
Second Thoughts: Small Revisions40
The Characteristic Syntax50
Time and Memory68
3.Elizabeth Gaskell: A Social Novelist?75
Mary Barton and North and South75
Sylvia's Lovers and Cousin Phillis97
4.Gaskell and Tolstoy109
From The Cossacks to Anna Karenina109
Anna versus Levin120
England's Tolstoy--George Eliot? or Elizabeth Gaskell?131
5.On Life's Verge141
War and Peace: Beyond Life and Within Life141
Resurrection156
Conclusion: Gaskell and Tolstoy: Alternative Visions172
Appendix 1Facsimile of passage from Wives and Daughters182
Appendix 2Facsimile of passage from Sylvia's Lovers188
Notes192
Bibliography214
Index225

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