Protest and Reform: The British Social Narrative by Women, 1827-1867
The social novel in nineteenth-century Britain has been considered the effort of a predominantly male canon of writers. In this ground-breaking study, Joseph Kestner challenges that assumption, arguing that it was a succession of female writers--women often meriting only a footnote in literary history--who initiated and advanced the tradition using narrative fiction to register protest, expose abuses, and promote reform.
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