Odd Women?

Odd Women?

Spinsters, Lesbians and Widows in British Women's Fiction, 1850s-1930s

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This genealogy of the odd woman compares representations of spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women fiction and auto biography from the 1850s to the 1930s. Women outside heterosexual marriage in this period were seen as abnormal, superfluous, incomplete and threatening, yet were also hailed as women of the future. Before 1850 odd women were marginalised, minor characters in British women fiction, yet by the 1930s spinsters, lesbians and widows had become heroines. This book examines how women writers, including Charlotte Brontèe, Elisabeth Gaskell, Ella Hepworth Dixon, May Sinclair, E. H. young, Radclyffe Hall, Winifred Holtby and Virginia Woolf, challenged dominant perceptions of singleness and lesbianism in their novels, stories and autobiographies.

Publisher: Manchester ;, New York :, Manchester University Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781526111654
1526111659
9781781707296
1781707294
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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