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The Awkward Age in Women's Popular Fiction 1850 - 1900 : Girls and the Transition to Womanhood - Sarah Bilston

The Awkward Age in Women's Popular Fiction 1850 - 1900

Girls and the Transition to Womanhood

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Published: 1st July 2004
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This book demonstrates that 'the awkward age' formed a fault-line in Victorian female experience, an unusual phase in which restlessness, self-interest, and rebellion were possible. Tracing evolving treatments of female adolescence though a host of long-forgotten women's fictions, the book reveals that representations of the girl in popular women's literature importantly anticipated depictions of the feminist in the fin de siècle New Woman writing; conservative portrayals of girls' hopes, dreams, and subsequent frustrations helped clear a literary and cultural space for the New Woman's 'awakening' to disaffected consciousness. The book thus both historicises the evolution and mythic appeal of the female adolescent and works to receive suggestive exchanges between apparently diverse female literary traditions.

The 'new' texts that Bilston has uncovered and her resistance to flattening the views of nineteenth-century women into one or two camps are especialy valuable. * Lauren Tedesco, Nineteenth Century Studies *

Introduction 1: 'Launched into the ocean of life': navigating the transition to womanhood in 1850s fiction 2: 'At the very turn of life' in 1860s fiction 3: The transitional stage: theatrical girlhood in 1870s fiction 4: 'Coming out': passages to womanhood in British and Anglo-Indian fiction, 1880-1894 5: On the threshold: female adolescent experience in fiction of the fin de siècle 6: 'A scant but quite ponderable germ': girls' growth in Henry James's The Awkward Age Conclusion

ISBN: 9780199272617
ISBN-10: 0199272611
Series: Oxford English Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.44