British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850-1930
Reclaiming Social Space
|Publication Date||March 2014|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF)|
The emergence of the short story in Britain in the Victorian and modernist period coincided with the rise of the professional woman writer. Circulating through the periodical press, short stories contributed to ongoing debates regarding 'the Woman Question'. By addressing a critically neglected form, this book reveals the ways in which women writers incited social change by complicating Victorian and modernist notions of gender and social space. Short stories by Elizabeth Gaskell, Rhoda Broughton, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, George Egerton, Charlotte Mew, Evelyn Sharp, Barbara Baynton, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, and Jean Rhys hinge upon catalytic moments. When heroines surmount the limitations of their prescribed roles by redefining their boundaries, they revise dominant narratives of femininity. These writers' innovative works ask Britons to reconsider where women could live, how they could be identified, and whether they could be contained.