A New Woman Reader: Fiction, Articles and Drama of the 1890s

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Carolyn Christensen Nelson
Broadview Press, Nov 7, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 372 pages
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In the 1890s one phrase above all stood as shorthand for the various controversies over gender that swirled throughout the period: “the New Woman.” In New Women fiction, progressive writers such as Sarah Grand, George Egerton, and Ella D’Arcy gave imaginative life to the plight of modern women—and reactionaries such as Grant Allen attempted to put women back in their place. In all the leading journals of the day these and other writers argued their cases in essays, letters, and reviews as well as in fiction. This anthology brings together for the first time a representative selection of the most important, interesting, and influential of New Woman writings.

 

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Contents

GKORGE EGERTON
7
SARAH GRAND
34
NETTA SYRETT
52
VICTORIA CROSS
70
ADA RADFORD
91
MABEL E WOTTON
101
ElXADARCY
109
THE DEBATE OVER WOMENS SUFFRAGE
119
HER CRITICS RESPOND
140
THE MARRIAGE QUESTION
184
THE ATTACK ON THE NEW WOMAN WRITERS
225
THE REVOLTING DAUGHTERS
261
INTRODUCTION
295
FURTHER READING
353

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Carolyn Christensen Nelson teaches English and Women’s Studies at West Virginia University, and has published widely on nineteenth-century literature.

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