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The 'Improper' Feminine

The Women's Sensation Novel and the New Woman Writing

The 'Improper' Feminine by Lyn Pykett
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The women's sensation novel of the 1860s and the New Woman fiction of the 1890s were two major examples of a perceived feminine invasion of fiction which caused a critical furore in their day.
Both genres, with their shocking, `fast' heroines, fired the popular imagination by putting female sexuality on the literary agenda and undermining the `proper feminine' ideal to which nineteenth-century women and fictional heroines were supposed to aspire.
By exploring in impressive depth and breadth the material and discursive conditions in which these novels were produced, The `Improper' Feminine draws attention to key gendered interrelationships within the literary and wider cultures of the mid-Victorian and fin-de-di├Ęcle periods.
Taylor and Francis; December 2003
248 pages; ISBN 9781134944828
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Title: The 'Improper' Feminine
Author: Lyn Pykett