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dc.creatorMcWilliams, Amy Elizabethen_US
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to, referencing the URI of the item.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
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dc.description.abstractmetaphorizes social misunderstanding and the misunderstandings between readers and authors through the issue of reading the body. Also, it will it will discuss the ways she uses the language of the body to equalize the minority factions in her contemporary society. Finally, it will present Gaskell's model of understanding through personal contact, and show how she depends on physical sight to weaken prejudice and create sympathy. It will accomplish this by focusing on Gaskell's fourth novel, North and South. This novel contains all of the communities of interpretation that appear in Gaskell's novels. Each group appears in other novels, as well, and I will draw on those other occurrences to aid and clarify my argument. Also, North and South provides the one character in all of Gaskell's novels who is most successful at reading and interpreting the body across all community boundaries. Margaret Hale comes into contact with characters from all of the groups, and she learns to understand them all. Thus, she is the most complete and successful model of sympathy Gaskell offers in her novels.en_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en_US
dc.subjectMajor English.en_US
dc.titleCommunities of interpretation: reading the body in the novels of Elizabeth Gaskellen_US
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