By Shirley Foster
Focusing at the ways that lady novelists have, of their artistic paintings, challenged or scrutinised modern assumptions approximately their very own intercourse, this book's serious curiosity in women’s fiction exhibits how mid-nineteenth-century ladies writers confront the clash among the pressures of matrimonial ideologies and the customarily extra appealing replacement of unmarried or specialist lifestyles. In arguing that the tensions and dualities in their paintings characterize the sincere war of words in their personal ambivalence instead of tried conformity to conference, it demands a clean examine styles of inventive illustration in Victorian women’s literature.
Making broad use of letters and non-fiction, this learn relates the critiques expressed there to the topics and strategies of the fictitious narratives. the 1st bankruptcy outlines the social and ideological framework in which the authors have been writing; the following 5 chapters care for the person novelists, Craik, Charlotte Bronté, Sewell, Gaskell, and Eliot, reading the works of every and likewise pointing to the similarities among them, hence suggesting a shared girl ‘voice’.
Dealing with minor writers in addition to better-known figures, it opens up new components of serious research, claiming not just that many nineteenth-century lady novelists were undeservedly missed but in addition that the key ones are extra illuminated by way of being thought of along their much less commonly used contemporaries.
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Victorian Women's Fiction: Marriage, Freedom, and the Individual: Volume 5 (Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature) by Shirley Foster