Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

College Girl Fiction
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The few women who did manage to attend college in the nineteenth century displayed their learning at the risk of being labeled "unwomanly" by Victorian culture.

Novels that dealt with higher education for women often confirmed the Victorian view of educated women as aberrations, portraying them as sexless, mentally disturbed, or dangerous.

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[top] Mrs. Annie Edwards. A Girton Girl. London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1885. [bottom] L. T. Meade. The Girls of Merton College. London: W. & R. Chambers, [ca.1898]
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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
the three volume format
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