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Rebel Women

Feminism, Modernism and the Edwardian Novel

With the rise of women’s suffrage, challenges to marriage and divorce laws, and expanding opportunities for education and employment for women, the early years of the twentieth century were a time of social revolution. Examining British novels written in 1890-1914, Jane Eldridge Miller demonstrates how these social, legal, and economic changes rendered the traditional narratives of romantic desire and marital closure inadequate, forcing Edwardian novelists to counter the limitations and ideological implications of those narratives with innovative strategies. The original and provocative novels that resulted depict the experiences of modern women with unprecedented variety, specificity, and frankness. Rebel Women is a major re-evaluation of Edwardian fiction and a significant contribution to literary history and criticism.

"Miller’s is the best account we have, not only of Edwardian women novelists, but of early 20th-century women novelists; the measure of her achievement is that the distinction no longer seems workable." —David Trotter, The London Review of Books

250 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1994

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Table of Contents

1. The Crisis of 1895: Realism and the Feminization of Fiction
2. Women and the Marriage Problem Novel
3. New Maids for Old
4. Suffragette Stories
5. New Wine, New Bottles: H.G. Wells and May Sinclair
Selected Bibliography

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