Elizabeth Gaskell | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gabriele Helms

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Elizabeth Gaskell.
This section contains 7,832 words
(approx. 27 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Gabriele Helms

Critical Essay by Gabriele Helms

SOURCE: "The Coincidence of Biography and Autobiography: Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Brontë," in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4, Fall, 1995, pp. 339-59.

In the essay that follows, Helms considers the manner in which Gaskell comes to understand herself in relation to Charlotte Brontë and thus combines the genres of biography and autobiography.

The ongoing theoretical debates about the genres of biography and autobiography are often concerned with genre classifications, gender issues, intentions as well as techniques and methods, and a general rethinking of given paradigms. Many long-held categorizations and evaluations prove questionable in the context of post-structuralist and feminist theories. Victoria Glendinning has described the situation using an interesting image; she says that the "Berlin Wall between fiction and biography, between autobiography and biography, between politics and biography, has huge breaches...

(read more)

This section contains 7,832 words
(approx. 27 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Gabriele Helms
Follow Us on Facebook