Silent Voices: Forgotten Novels by Victorian Women Writers

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Brenda Ayres
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 248 oldal


Some of the greatest English novels were written during the Victorian era, and many are still widely read and taught today. But many others written during that period have been neglected by scholars and modern readers alike. A number of these novels were written by women and were popular when published. Moreover, they reveal perspectives of 19th-century British culture not present in canonized works and therefore revise our understanding of Victorian life and attitudes. With the increasing interest in revising Victorian history and gender scholarship, especially through the rediscovery of lost texts written by women, this book is a timely and much needed study.

The expert contributors to this volume argue the value of novels by such Victorian women writers as Grace Aguilar, Catherine Crowe, Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, Annie E. Holdsworth, Ella Hepworth Dixon, Flora Annie Steel, Anne Thackeray, Sarah Grand, Marie Corelli, and others. Most of the chapters address numerous works by a particular writer. Each focuses on different social issues as well, though most of them share an interest in gender politics. Topics discussed include a 19th-century Jewish novelist's navigation through Protestant spirituality, the relationship of noncanonical governess novels to class and gender issues, and forgotten works by women crime writers. Other chapters analyze how women writers impelled social reform and subverted patriarchally defined religious issues.

 

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Not the Superiority of Belief but Superiority of True Devotion Grace Aguilars Histories of the Spirit
1
The Victorian Heroine Goes AGovernessing
27
The Detective Maidservant Catherine Crowes Susan Hopley
57
Deathbeds and Didacticism Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna and Victorian Social Reform Literature
67
Class Counts The DomesticProfessional Writer the Working Poor and MiddleClass Values in The Years That the Locust Hath Eaten and The Story of ...
91
On the Face of the Waters Flora Annie Steel and the Politics of Feminist Imperialism
119
Rereading the Domestic Novel Anne Thackerays The Story of Elizabeth
139
I Am Not Esther Biblical Heroines and Sarah Grands Challenge to Institutional Christianity in The Heavenly Twins
155
Dinah Mulock Craik Sacrifice and the FairyOrder
173
Marie Corelli The Story of One Forgotten
203
Bibliography
225
Index
241
About the Contributors
247
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BRENDA AYRES is Professor of English at Middle Georgia College. Her previous books include Dissenting Women in Dickens' Novels (1998) and Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change (2001), both available from Greenwood Press.

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