New women, new novels: feminism and early modernism by Ann Ardis

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5. Women and literatureGreat Britain. 6. Feminism in literature. 7. Women in literature. I. Title. 089352042dc20 90-35039 CIP British Cataloging-in-Publication information available For Ethel Layer Ardis and Phillip David Mink Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction Attending to Marginality: The New Woman, the New Woman Novel, and the History of Modernism 1 1 Preliminaries: Naming the New Woman 10 2 The Controversy over Realism in Fiction, 1885-1895 29 3 The Romance Plot: New Women, New Plausibilities 59 4 Erotomania 83 5 Crossing the Line: Figuring Revolutions 115 6 Retreats 139 7 Turning the Century, Writing New Histories 167 Notes 177 Selected Bibliography 205 Index 213 Page ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I TAKE THIS opportunity to thank, first, the Education Foundation of the American Association of University Women.

Significantly, Page 12 such rhetoric was aimed not at characters in novels but at real women, women whose violations of the social code were viewed as a serious threat to bourgeois culture's hegemony. In other words, if naming the New Woman gave the debate about "new aspects of the Woman Question" a sharper focus, it also narrowed that debate. "6 After Ouida's essay appeared in May of 1894, however, the New Woman novel, not real New Women, became the center of controversy. Having been a social debate at its inception in the 1860s, what had once been termed the "Woman Question" became a more strictly literary affair following the naming of the New Woman.

Feminism in literature. 7. Women in literature. I. Title. 089352042dc20 90-35039 CIP British Cataloging-in-Publication information available For Ethel Layer Ardis and Phillip David Mink Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction Attending to Marginality: The New Woman, the New Woman Novel, and the History of Modernism 1 1 Preliminaries: Naming the New Woman 10 2 The Controversy over Realism in Fiction, 1885-1895 29 3 The Romance Plot: New Women, New Plausibilities 59 4 Erotomania 83 5 Crossing the Line: Figuring Revolutions 115 6 Retreats 139 7 Turning the Century, Writing New Histories 167 Notes 177 Selected Bibliography 205 Index 213 Page ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I TAKE THIS opportunity to thank, first, the Education Foundation of the American Association of University Women.

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