Alison Booth is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closureby Alison Booth (Editor), U. C. Knoepflmacher (Afterword)
'Famous Last Words' traces a broad historical transition--from the 1840s to the 1980s--from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female protagonist to survive and occasionally alternative constructions of gender as well as plot.
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