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The 'Improper' Feminine : The Women's Sensation Novel and the New Woman Writing - Lyn Pykett

The 'Improper' Feminine

The Women's Sensation Novel and the New Woman Writing

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The women's sensation novel of the 1860s and the New Woman fiction of the 1890s were two of the most prominent examples of a perceived feminine invasion of fiction, which caused a critical furore in their day. In Victorian fiction the proper feminine stood for propriety, domesticity, chastity and the maternal. The women's sensation novel and the New Woman fiction, with their shocking, fast' heroines, fired the popular imagination by putting female sexuality on the literary agenda and undermining the feminine ideal. By exploring the improper' feminine and the material and discursive conditions in which the women's sensation novel and the New Woman fiction were produced, Lyn Pykett investigates the nature of this irruption of the feminine. In exploring its contemporary cultural significance, she draws attention to important gendered interrelationships within the literary and wider cultures of mid-Victorian and fin-de-siecle periods. The first comparative analysis of two key women's genres, this illuminating study will be of continuing interest for both present-day feminists and students of Victorian literature and culture.

Introductory
Note
The `Improper Feminine'
The Sentimental and Sensational Sixties: The Limits of the Proper Feminine
Breaking Bounds
The Improper Feminine and the Fiction of the New Woman
Conclusion
Reading Out Women's Writing
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780415049283
ISBN-10: 0415049288
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 3rd September 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1