Feminist Realism at the Fin de Siecle
The Influence of the Late-Victorian Woman's Press on the Development of the Novel
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Feminist realism at the fin de si?cle : the influence of the late-2. English fiction?19th century?History and criticism. 3. Feministfiction, English?History and criticism. 4. Journalism and literatureThe paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirementsPermanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials. ANSI Z39.48?1992....
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Institutional support was key to the completion of this book. CaliforniaState University, Dominguez Hills provided two course releases, withoutwhich I would not have finished this project. Also, the Sally CasanovaMemorial/RSCAAP Grant provided financial support for an additionalcourse release and an important trip to the British Library in the summer...
Introduction: The Woman's Press at the Fin de Siecle
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On October 27, 1888, Henrietta M?ller?who had already participated inthe nineteenth-century women?s movement by attending Girton College,organizing women?s trade unions, and improving working conditions forwomen through her position on the London School Board?founded theWomen?s Penny Paper (see figure 1), an eight-page paper with a ?progressive...
1. "They are learning to think . . . for themselves": Consciousness Raised
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For Shafts and The Woman?s Herald, consciousness was key to transformingthe cultural status of real-life women in the 1890s; in fact, increased con-sciousness about the cultural conditions women faced was the first stepwomen might take in embracing feminist ideals. As Mary Krout writes in?Women in Fiction,? heroines who had brains as well as beauty, who were...
2. "What the Girl Says": Spoken Word as Political Tool
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For Shafts and The Woman?s Herald, expression of agency through spokenword was as important as expression through consciousness, though suchexpression often occurred as a result of increased consciousness. From itsfirst issue The Woman?s Herald set as its aim to ?speak? for those womenwho had thoughts but could not express them. As part of the introduction...
3. Women at Work, at War, and on the Go: Feminist Action
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According to the feminist realist ideal, expressions of woman?s agency werenot complete without concrete action, and in Shafts and The Woman?sHerald the commitment to action is most evident in articles about womenand work, which focused on the everyday activities of women. From thefirst issue, Shafts published a regular column, ?Influential Lives,? featuring...
4. "The Realistic Method in Its Best Expression": Successful Representations of Women's Agency and Literary Reputations
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Ultimately, both Shafts and The Woman?s Herald looked for novels thatincorporated all three methods of expressing woman?s agency, and theyfound this ideal fulfilled in George Moore?s Esther Waters (1894), the storyof an independent-minded female servant who becomes pregnant butovercomes the stigma of being a single mother and successfully raises her...
Afterword: Engaging and Shaping Modernism
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The feminist realist aesthetic incorporated, in varying degrees, by theauthors in this study contributed significantly to the debate over realism atthe fin de si?cle by advocating serious consideration of the representation ofwoman?s agency. By laying out specific principles for Hardy?s idea in?Candour in English Fiction? (1890)?the idea that ?the relations of the...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2007