Elizabeth Gaskell | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Philip Rogers

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Elizabeth Gaskell.
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Critical Essay by Philip Rogers

SOURCE: "The Education of Cousin Phillis," in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1, June, 1995, pp. 27-50.

In the following essay, Rogers contends that Gaskell's short story "Cousin Phillis" describes the predicament of the well-educated woman in Victorian Britain; his analysis also focuses upon the significance of the title character's name.

For Elizabeth Gaskell the story of Phillis Holman's disappointment in her first love in "Cousin Phillis" (1865) is inseparable from the process and content of her unusual education. As both daughter and lover—the only roles open to her as learner—Phillis is inescapably a pupil of men who control her education in ways that serve their interests. Learning from men what men traditionally have taught other men does not make her, as her cousin Paul naively supposes, "more like...

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