Elizabeth Gaskell – The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857)

INTRODUCTION:  Children in British colonies (including colonies current, former, or somewhere in between) have often been taught solely British literature.  In her autobiography, Janet Frame writes of her experience as an elementary school student in New Zealand, remembering, “I felt curious when one member of the class, choosing Katherine Mansfield, was commended by the teacher for choosing a New Zealand writer when none of our English studies even supposed that a New Zealand writer or New Zealand existed” (128).  Frame finds kinship with some authors of the “home country” as she nevertheless strives to find her own voice – as can be seen in these notes, which connect Frame’s autobiography to a brief selection from Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë.

ANNOTATED DOCUMENT:  GaskellElizabeth_TheLifeofCharlotteBronte

Annotations by:  Rachel Linn

The annotated text is adapted from:  

Works cited & consulted in the annotations:  

  • Frame, Janet. An Autobiography. George Braziller, 1982.