The New Woman In Fiction And Fact

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A cultural icon of the fin de siècle, the New Woman was not one figure, but several. In the guise of a bicycling, cigarette-smoking Amazon, the New Woman romped through the pages of Punch and popular fiction; as a neurasthenic victim of social oppression, she suffered in the pages of New Woman novels such as Sarah Grand's hugely successful The Heavenly Twins. The New Woman in Fiction and Fact marks a radically new departure in 19th century scholarship to explore the polyvocal nature of the late Victorian debates around gender, motherhood, class, race and imperialism which converged in the name of the New Woman.

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"A valuable resource for late Victorian studies and a pleasure to peruse."--Patricia Murphy, Victorian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333990452
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Angelique Richardson is Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Exeter.

Chris Willis teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London

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Table of Contents

Introduction--A. Richardson & C. Willis
• 'Nothing but Foolscap and Ink', Inventing the New Woman--T. Schaffer
• Bicycles and Blue Stockings: Packaging the New Woman for Mass Consumption--C. Willis
• Horses, Bikes and Automobiles: New Women on the Move--S. Wintle
• Ibsen, the New Woman and the Actress--S. Ledger
• 'He-notes': Reconstructing Masculinity--G. Cunningham
• New Woman and the New Hellenism--A. Ardis
• Narrating the Hysteric: Fin de Siècle Medical Discourse and Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins --A. Heilmann
• Staging the 'Private Theatre': Gender and the Auto-Erotics of Reverie--L. Marcus
• Scaping the Body: Of Cannibal Mothers and Colonial Landscapes--R. Stott
• Capturing the Idea: Olive Schreiner's From Man to Man--C. Burdett
• 'People Talk a Lot of Nonsense about Heredity': Mona Caird and Anti-Eugenic Feminism--A. Richardson
• The New Woman in Nowhere: Feminism and Utopianism at the Fin de Siècle--M. Beaumont
• The Next Generation: Stella Browne, the New Woman as Freewoman--L.A. Hall
• Women in British Aestheticism and the Decadence--R. Gagnier

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