Discussion Questions: Cranford

May 25, 2010 at 12:10 am 2 comments

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.

KT

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  • 1. Iris  |  May 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I’m very sorry to say that I won’t be able to make it this time. I thought I’d have to give a presentation on a paper proposal this thursday, but it turns out I have to present the actual paper. So um, I’m frantically trying to write one. I’ll be sorry to miss the discussion though, because I was really looking forward to it. I might come back and post my thoughts when I’ve read the book, even if the discussion is over, if that’s okay?

    Also, is there any chance you’ll continue with these discussions on classics?

    Reply
    • 2. KT  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      Iris —

      Of course we’ll continue! I’ve been running the challenge so far, but Corey will be taking over for the summer months. She’s got an interesting list and a more relaxed schedule, and hopefully more people will be able to participate!

      As for post-discussion posting, feel free! The deadline was only so new people could be included in the drawing — you’re already eligible from the discussion last week.

      Happy reading!

      Reply

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