Fiction and Feminism at the Fin de Siècle

Author: Sally Ledger

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719040931

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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By comparing fictional representations with "real" New Women in late-Victorian Britain, Sally Ledger makes a major contribution to an understanding of the "Woman Question" at the end of the century. Chapters on imperialism, socialism, sexual decadence, and metropolitan life situate the "revolting daughters" of the Victorian age in a broader cultural context than previous studies.
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Author: Angela Howard,Sasha Ranaé Adams Tarrant

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815327141

Category: Social Science

Page: 329

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Author: Iveta Jusová

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 0814210058

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 221

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Painting and Gender Politics on Fourteenth Street

Author: Ellen Wiley Todd

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520074712

Category: Art

Page: 414

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In the years between the world wars, Manhattan's Fourteenth Street-Union Square district became a center for commercial, cultural, and political activities, and hence a sensitive barometer of the dramatic social changes of the period. It was here that four urban realist painters--Kenneth Hayes Miller, Reginald Marsh, Raphael Soyer, and Isabel Bishop--placed their images of modern "new women." Bargain stores, cheap movie theaters, pinball arcades, and radical political organizations were the backdrop for the women shoppers, office and store workers, and consumers of mass culture portrayed by these artists. Ellen Wiley Todd deftly interprets the painters' complex images as they were refracted through the gender ideology of the period. This is a work of skillful interdisciplinary scholarship, combining recent insights from feminist art history, gender studies, and social and cultural theory. Drawing on a range of visual and verbal representations as well as biographical and critical texts, Todd balances the historical context surrounding the painters with nuanced analyses of how each artist's image of womanhood contributed to the continual redefining of the "new woman's" relationships to men, family, work, feminism, and sexuality.
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And, The New Woman : Two Documents in the History of Egyptian Feminism

Author: Qasim Amin,Qāsim Amīn,قاسم أمين،

Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9789774245671

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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Qasim Amin (1863-1908), an Egyptian lawyer, is best known for his advocacy of women's emancipation in Egypt, through a number of works including The Liberation of Women and The New Woman. In the first of these important books in 1899, he started from the premise that the liberation of women was an essential prerequisite for the liberation of Egyptian society from foreign domination, and used arguments based on Islam to call for an improvement in the status of women. In doing so, he promoted the debate on women in Egypt from a side issue to a major national concern, but he also subjected himself to severe criticism from the khedival palace, as well as from religious leaders, journalists, and writers. In response he wrote The New Woman, published in 1900, in which he defended his position and took some of his ideas further. In The New Woman, Amin relies less on arguments based on the Quran and Sayings of the Prophet, and more openly espouses a Western model of development. Although published a century ago, these two books continue to be a source of controversy and debate in the Arab world and remain key works for understanding the Arab feminist movement. The Liberation of Women and The New Woman appear here in English translation for the first time in one volume.
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Multiethnic Narratives in the Progressive Era

Author: Charlotte J. Rich

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826266630

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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"Examines multiethnic women writers' responses to the ideal of the New Woman in America at the dawn of the twentieth century, opening up a world of literary texts that lend new insight, revealing how these authors articulated the contradictions of the American New Woman, and how social class, race, or ethnicity impacted women's experiences"--Provided by publisher.
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Author: Jin Feng

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557533302

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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In The New Woman in Early Twentieth-century Chinese Fiction, Jin Feng discusses representations of women in May Fourth fiction, issues of gender, modernity, individualism, subjectivity, and narrative strategy. In this thought-provoking book about a crucial period of Chinese literature, Feng argues that male writers such as Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Ba Jin, and Mao Dun created fictional women as mirror images of their own political inadequacy, but that at the same time this was also an egocentric ploy to affirm and highlight the modernity of the male author. This gender-biased attitude was translated into reality when women writers emerged. Whereas unfair, gender-biased criticism all but stifled the creative output of Bing Xin, Fang Yuanjun, and Lu Yin, Ding Ling's dogged attention to narrative strategy allowed her to maintain subjectivity and independence in her writings; that is until all writers were forced to write for the collective.
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The Evolution of a New Woman

Author: Ruth Birgitta Anderson Bordin

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472103928

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

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"Alice Freeman Palmer (1855-1902) was one of the most influential figures in expanding academic horizons for women in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. But her importance extends beyond her role in higher education. As a woman who chose both marriage and a professional career, she confronted obstacles that challenged the new path she and other women were forging, earning herself the title "New Woman."" "In this first biography of Palmer, Ruth Bordin draws from a variety of rich and hitherto untapped sources, thoroughly illuminating not only Palmer's extraordinary life, but also a fundamental period of transition in the history of educated, middle-class women during the turn of the century." "Palmer blazed trails traditionally unavailable to women. She graduated from the University of Michigan, the first major coeducational university, and became president of Wellesley College before the age of thirty. Following that tenure, Palmer temporarily held volunteer positions, influencing women's education as a trustee of Wellesley College, an adviser to Radcliffe, Barnard, and Pembroke, and a popular lecturer on women and higher education." "She formally returned to academia in the early 1890s with her appointment as the first dean of the newly founded University of Chicago, and continued her struggle to ensure women's acceptance in education as students, faculty, and staff." "Bordin's biography of Palmer not only provides a compelling story of this unique woman's life, but vividly illustrates early attempts to solve problems that have occupied women down to the present day."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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The Rise of Southern Women's Progressive Culture in Texas, 1893-1918

Author: Judith N. McArthur

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252066795

Category: History

Page: 199

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"The coming woman in politics"--Domestic revolutionaries -- Every mother's child -- Cities of women -- "I wish my mother had a vote"--"These piping times of victory" -- Conclusion : gender and public cultures
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Author: Gillian Sutherland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107092795

Category: History

Page: 200

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A study of the 'New Woman' phenomenon, examining whether British women really achieved the economic independence to challenge social conventions.
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Reconfigurations of Distress

Author: Patricia Murphy

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826273548

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

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Drawing from and reworking Gothic conventions, the New Woman version is marshaled during a tumultuous cultural moment of gender anxiety either to defend or revile the complex character. The controversial and compelling figure of the New Woman in fin de siècle Britishfiction has garnered extensive scholarly attention, but rarely has she been investigated through the lens of the Gothic. Part I, “The Blurred Boundary,” examines an obfuscated distinction between the New Woman and the prostitute, presented in a stunning breadth and array of writings. Part II, “Reconfigured Conventions,” probes four key aspects of the Gothic, each of which is reshaped to reflect the exigencies of the fin de siècle. In Part III, “Villainous Characters,” the bad father of Romantic fiction is bifurcated into the husband and the mother, both of whom cause great suffering to the protagonist.
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Author: Nicole Schindler,Julia Oesterreich

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638843513


Page: 28

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, University of Potsdam, course: The 1890s, 22 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The aim of this paper is to explore the variety of new social and literary forms adopted by the New Woman movement at the end of the 19th century. We want to discuss the different debates on femininity at the fin de siecle with views on lesbianism and the marriage concept at the time. Women challenged their subordinate social and political position and condemned prevailing sexual double standard during the course of the 19th century. They urged for women's rights to employment and full citizenship. With the new theories on Darwinism New Women found a way to rationalize their demands, apart from social and political arguments, also with biological explanations. They voiced their concerns over the woman's reduction in a patriarchal state and set education, marriage laws and social morality on the top of their reform-list. One factor for early feminists was the 1832 Reform Act, which governed women's exclusion from the franchise. By the 1850s British feminism had gained an organized form and coherence, largely through the campaigns of middle-class women. Magazines and novels were a vehicle of feminist protest and thus the social and economic position of women underwent great changes."
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Author: Mary McHugh

Publisher: Franklin Watts

ISBN: 9780531010976

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 120

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An introduction to the requirements for and types of jobs available in a law career, with emphasis on the problems and opportunities for women in this profession.
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The Women's Sensation Novel and the New Woman Writing

Author: Lyn Pykett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134944829

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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The women's sensation novel of the 1860s and the New Woman fiction of the 1890s were two major examples of a perceived feminine invasion of fiction which caused a critical furore in their day. Both genres, with their shocking, `fast' heroines, fired the popular imagination by putting female sexuality on the literary agenda and undermining the `proper feminine' ideal to which nineteenth-century women and fictional heroines were supposed to aspire. By exploring in impressive depth and breadth the material and discursive conditions in which these novels were produced, The `Improper' Feminine draws attention to key gendered interrelationships within the literary and wider cultures of the mid-Victorian and fin-de-diècle periods.
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Author: Lena WA¥nggren

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474416276

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This book examines late nineteenth-century feminism in relation to technologies of the time, marking the crucial role of technology in social and literary struggles for equality. The New Woman, the fin de siecle cultural archetype of early feminism, became the focal figure for key nineteenth-century debates concerning issues such as gender and sexuality, evolution and degeneration, science, empire and modernity. While the New Woman is located in the debates concerning the 'crisis in gender' or 'sexual anarchy' of the time, the period also saw an upsurge of new technologies of communication, transport and medicine. As this monograph demonstrates, literature of the time is inevitably caught up in this technological modernity: technologies such as the typewriter, the bicycle, and medical technologies, through literary texts come to work as freedom machines, as harbingers of female emancipation.
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The Life of Lily Dougall

Author: Joanna Dean

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253112427

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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In Religious Experience and the New Woman, Joanna Dean traces the development of liberal spirituality in the early 20th century through the life and work of Lily Dougall (1858--1923), a New Woman novelist who became known as a religious essayist and Anglican modernist. Dean examines the connections between Dougall's marginal position as a woman intellectual and her experiential, combatively iconoclastic theology, and demonstrates that through her writing and mentoring, Dougall contributed to the shaping of modern spirituality. Lily Dougall described religious experience -- the sense of the presence of God -- as the "rock" of her theology. Dean observes the protean nature of this rock as Dougall moved from a submissive holiness faith, to a mystical Mauricean sense of the Kingdom of God, to the relational theology of personal idealism, and reveals how psychology, which appeared to provide scientific support for her religious beliefs, eventually threatened to undermine her experiential faith.
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Fiction, Articles and Drama of the 1890s

Author: Carolyn Christensen Nelson

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551112954

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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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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The New Woman to Now

Author: Emma Young

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474407277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Essays tracing the evolving relationship between British women writers and the short story genre from the late Nineteenth Century to the present day.What is the relationship between the British woman writer and the short story? This collection examines what this versatile genre offers women writers, and what this can tell us about the society and culture they inhabit. From the rise of the modern printing press at the end of the Nineteenth Century through to the present digital age, these essays examine how the short story has been deployed and reworked by women writers and how they have influenced and shaped the genres development. Considering the effect of literary inheritances, societal and cultural change, and shifting publishing demands, this collection traces the evolution of the genre through to its continued appeal to women writing today. From the New Woman to contemporary feminisms, women's anthologies to microfiction, modernist writers to the contemporary works of Sarah Hall and Helen Simpson, the chapters in this collection investigate a crucial yet under-examined field of British literature.Key Features and Benefits12 chapters discussing a range of gender and genre issues since the fin-de-sic e to the present day.Sets out a clear trajectory to map both the historical and literary connections and divergences between British women short story writers. Offers a comprehensive account of the genres development to provide scholars with a unique insight into a largely neglected aspect of womens writing.Includes new readings of canonical authors alongside more recent theoretical approaches, innovations and lesser-discussed writers.
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