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A New Woman Reader: Fiction, Articles and Drama of the 1890s Paperback – November 7, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press (November 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551112957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551112954
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a timely and marvelously useful anthology. Packed full of unabridged key documents from the period, Nelson's A New Woman Reader is a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of fin-de-siècle studies. It will also be an invaluable teaching tool: the choice of contextual material to support the short stories and New Woman play is unerringly judicious." (Sally Ledger)

"This collection of essential texts, introducing and discussing the figure of the 'New Woman,' is a wonderful, stimulating mix of the new and the familiar. Diverse in genre and tone, this volume will interest both the academic and the general reader. Intelligently and informatively edited, it is a most timely and welcome anthology." (Kate Flint)

From the Back Cover

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 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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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "gt6243c" on May 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a class on Victorian Literature, so I wasn't sure how enjoyable it would be. The book contains short stories by various New Woman writers and a play about the New Woman, but I enjoyed the articles of the time more. The editors included both sides of the arguement, and the reader is given the opportunity to understand the women writing for more freedom and those denying them this freedom.
I probably would not have read this book by my own choice, but I did enjoy it. It is not a bad book, and it is one of the better textbooks that I have been forced to read.
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