Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900


Victorian Women Writers
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These novels written by English women provide insight into several historical and literary fields of inquiry–they allow us to explore genres of popular fiction, such as the "new woman" novel, the "sensation" novel, and the origins of the detective novel; they record the entrance of women into the literary marketplace in unprecedented numbers; and they provide documentary evidence of nineteenth century book design and production.

Though forgotten today, many of these novels were wildly successful in their own time. By preserving them while they still survive, we increase our ability to understand the Victorian period, now and in the future.

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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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