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Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question : Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Hardcover) - Nicola Diane Thompson

Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Hardcover)

By: Nicola Diane Thompson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1999
ISBN: 9780521641029
Number Of Pages: 276

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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. There are discussions of marriage, matriarchy and divorce, satire, suffragette writing, writing for children, and links between literature and art. Moving from Margaret Oliphant and Charlotte Mary Yonge to Mary Ward, Marie Corelli, 'Ouida' and E. Nesbit, this book illuminates the complex cultural and literary roles, and the engaging contributions, of Victorian women writers.

"...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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Notes on contributors
Responding to the woman questions: rereading noncanonical Victorian women novelistsp. 1
Marriage and the antifeminist woman novelistp. 24
Breaking apart: the early Victorian divorce novelp. 42
Phantasies of matriarchy in Victorian children's literaturep. 60
Gendered observations: Harriet Martineau and the woman questionp. 80
Maximizing Oliphant: begging the question and the politics of satirep. 99
Literary women of the 1850s and Charlotte Mary Yonge's Dynevor Terracep. 116
Portraits of the artist as a young woman: representations of the female artist in the New Woman fiction of the 1890sp. 135
Lady in green with novel: the gendered economics of the visual arts and mid-Victorian women's writingp. 151
Ouida and the other New Womanp. 170
Organizing women: New Woman writers, New Woman readers, and suffrage feminismp. 189
Shot out of the canon: Mary Ward and the claims of conflicting feminismp. 204
E. Nesbit and the woman questionp. 223
"An 'old-fashioned' young woman": Marie Corelli and the New Womanp. 241
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ISBN: 9780521641029
ISBN-10: 0521641020
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th July 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.49  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.5