Edging women out : Victorian novelists, publishers, and social change

by Tuchman, Gaye.

Format: Print Book 1989
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR115 .T8 1989
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PR115 .T8 1989
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Before 1840, most English novelists were women, and the writing of novels generally conferred a lowly status. But by 1900, ``men of letters'' hailed the novel as a great art form, and the majority of successful novelists were men. How male writers invaded and took over this white-collar occupation is the phenomenon investigated in this bombshell of a book, a delightful synthesis that cuts across women's studies, sociology and literary history. Sociologist Tuchman of Queens College in N.Y., and City University of New York, aided by her research assistant Fortin, now deceased, portrays Victorian publishers and editors as culture brokers protecting their own class interests by relegating women writers to ``popular'' fictional entertainments with broad appeal, while male ``high-culture'' novelists took the high road of ideas and purposive action. Victorian critics reinforced these notions with a double standard: women, they claimed, had a natural bent for artless writing and sharp-eyed observation of the social scene, while fiction by men was said to be more philosophic, original, self-reflective and difficult. As a result, English women novelists in the late 19th century were writing more and moreyet rewarded less and less. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Social conditions.
Novelists, English -- 19th century -- Economic conditions.
Literature publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Sex role -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- Employment -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,1989
Contributors Fortin, Nina E.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xvii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Bibliography: pages 245-257.
ISBN 0300043163 (alk. paper)
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