Discussion Questions: Cranford
This phase of the Classics Challenge ends this week, with a discussion of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford! I hope those of you who found Candide amusing were similarly delighted with Cranford. Remember, participants in the Challenge are entered to win a beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classic. For the chance to win, please join in our discussion on Thursday, either here or in a post on your own blog. Here’s what we’ll be talking about:
- Elizabeth Gaskell was quite active in the literary scene of her time (in contrast with predecessors Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters). Do you see the influences of other authors in her writing? Does her work remind you of any modern novels?
- Mrs. Gaskell’s work is a snapshot of small-town Victorian life. Is her work limited at all by her narrow focus? Though it depicts a very specific time and place, can this novel be considered timeless?
- Describe your favorite scene or event, and discuss why you loved it. Consider this question a giveaway :D
See you all on Thursday! We’ll be drawing the winner on Monday, May 31, so be sure to comment before then.