Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

New Women
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, "new woman" novels reflected larger social debates over new occupations and votes for women. Plots of these novels often include: marriage as an economic and social (and sometimes loveless) contract; the rights of women to their own desires outside the bounds of family; and the defeat of oppressive conventions. Women depicted in these novels often resist traditional marital or social roles and forge new relationships of their own.

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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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