Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $51.95
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 58%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $51.95   
  • New (5) from $116.39   
  • Used (1) from $51.95   


"Women writers dominated the vast novel market in Victorian England, yet twentieth-century criticism has, until now, been chiefly concerned with a small number of canonical novelists. This collection of essays by leading scholars from Britain, the USA, and Canada opens up the limited landscape of Victorian novels by focusing attention on some of the women writers popular in their own time but forgotten or neglected by literary history. Spanning the entire Victorian period, this study investigates particularly the role and treatment of "the woman question" in the second half of the century."--BOOK JACKET.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...the essays in this book, contributed by a mix of established scholars and capable newcomers, are fresh, reflect sensitive reading, and are for the most part well written..." Victorian Periodicals Review

"...[the book] is greater than the sum of its parts. This achievement stems from the editor's skill in conceiving and executing her subject...The collection's contributors have done a fine job of unmasking the cultural camouflage in which these writers may have disguised their concerns, and of celebrating the multivocality they achieved with one another and even within their own works." Victorian Studies

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
1 Responding to the woman questions: rereading noncanonical Victorian women novelists 1
2 Marriage and the antifeminist woman novelist 24
3 Breaking apart: the early Victorian divorce novel 42
4 Phantasies of matriarchy in Victorian children's literature 60
5 Gendered observations: Harriet Martineau and the woman question 80
6 Maximizing Oliphant: begging the question and the politics of satire 99
7 Literary women of the 1850s and Charlotte Mary Yonge's Dynevor Terrace 116
8 Portraits of the artist as a young woman: representations of the female artist in the New Woman fiction of the 1890s 135
9 Lady in green with novel: the gendered economics of the visual arts and mid-Victorian women's writing 151
10 Ouida and the other New Woman 170
11 Organizing women: New Woman writers, New Woman readers, and suffrage feminism 189
12 Shot out of the canon: Mary Ward and the claims of conflicting feminism 204
13 E. Nesbit and the woman question 223
14 "An 'old-fashioned' young woman": Marie Corelli and the New Woman 241
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)