Subversive Discourse

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In the midst of political agitation and increased public visibility, late Victorian feminists turbaned to writing novels as a means of furthering their political cause without alienating readers. Subversive Discourse reevaluates this culturally significant literature that has long been considered sub-literary. An engaging investigation into the specific circumstances surrounding the production of late Victorian feminist novels, Subversive Discourse delves into the politics and ideologies feminist novels addressed...

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Overview

In the midst of political agitation and increased public visibility, late Victorian feminists turbaned to writing novels as a means of furthering their political cause without alienating readers. Subversive Discourse reevaluates this culturally significant literature that has long been considered sub-literary. An engaging investigation into the specific circumstances surrounding the production of late Victorian feminist novels, Subversive Discourse delves into the politics and ideologies feminist novels addressed and challenged. This study also considers how aesthetic ideologies served to contain and negate progressive literary agendas such as that of the feminists. Kranidis argues that the Realists appropriated feminist literary and social accomplishments and hence challenges the notion that the Realists were pro-feminist. The author outlines the character of late Victorian feminism, reactionary opposition to it, and the narrative and textual strategies devised by feminists to ensure their texts' publication in a conservative literary marketplace.

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Investigates the circumstances surrounding the production of late Victorian feminist novels, delving into the politics and ideologies the novels addressed and challenged. Kranidis also discusses the way aesthetic ideologies served to contain and negate progressive literary agendas such as that of the feminists and the narrative and textual strategies devised by feminists to ensure their texts' publication in the literary marketplace. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312107390
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita S. Kranidis is Assistant Professor of English at Radford University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Some Preliminary Considerations
1 Identity Crises and Protest: The Late Victorian Cultural Subjectivity 1
2 "The Idea Is the Fact": Art's Interiority and Literary Production 23
3 The Politics of Publication: Women in the Literary Marketplace 47
4 Late Victorian Feminist Discursive Aesthetics 71
5 Defining the Political: The "Realistic" Appropriation 107
Endnotes 129
Works Cited 135
Index 141
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