It is the purpose of this study (1) to show the many influences which led Elizabeth Gaskell to write novels concerned with social problems of her day; (2) to show the relation of her social attitudes as revealed in three novels to her times and to the influences working on her; and (3) to show how she hoped to bring about reforms through her social problem novels.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Dane F. Smith
Third Committee Member
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton, North and South, Ruth, Great Britain, Social History, Nineteenth Century British Literature
Lakin, Carrie. "Mrs. Gaskell's Social Attitudes in Relation to Her Times." (1954). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/161