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Inaugural Lecture - Professor Mary Hammond

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You are cordially invited to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Mary Hammond, Chair of English and Book History.

‘‘Wayward orphans and lonesome places’: the reception of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels in the English regional press, 1848-55.’

This lecture investigates the regional reception of Manchester writer Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels Mary Barton (1848) and North and South (1855) by examining their strange appearances in the form of short unauthorised extracts published in local newspapers countrywide. It will argue that this common but hitherto critically neglected practice – which took excerpting way beyond the well-established forms of literary reviewing – may have played an important role in the rise and shaping of the increasingly powerful provincial press during this period. Finally, the lecture suggests that a close analysis of the subtly strategic deployment of fiction extracts in the press can provide new ways of thinking about the contested and highly political distinction Victorianists have made between ‘regional’ and ‘provincial’ novels.

Each of the Inaugural Lecture in Humanities will have an end of lecture collection for the speaker's nominated charity. For her lecture Professor Hammond has chosen to support the Cancer Research UK.

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University of Southampton
SO17 1BF

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