Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question

Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question

by Nicola Diane Thompson
     
 

"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… See more details below

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521641029
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #21
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
1Responding to the woman questions: rereading noncanonical Victorian women novelists1
2Marriage and the antifeminist woman novelist24
3Breaking apart: the early Victorian divorce novel42
4Phantasies of matriarchy in Victorian children's literature60
5Gendered observations: Harriet Martineau and the woman question80
6Maximizing Oliphant: begging the question and the politics of satire99
7Literary women of the 1850s and Charlotte Mary Yonge's Dynevor Terrace116
8Portraits of the artist as a young woman: representations of the female artist in the New Woman fiction of the 1890s135
9Lady in green with novel: the gendered economics of the visual arts and mid-Victorian women's writing151
10Ouida and the other New Woman170
11Organizing women: New Woman writers, New Woman readers, and suffrage feminism189
12Shot out of the canon: Mary Ward and the claims of conflicting feminism204
13E. Nesbit and the woman question223
14"An 'old-fashioned' young woman": Marie Corelli and the New Woman241

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