Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question

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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.
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"...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

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Table of Contents

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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
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