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Published: 31 July 2014

256 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719087561

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Odd Women?

Spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women's fiction, 1850s1930s

By (author) Emma Liggins

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Adds a focus on the tantular and on grandmothers ad adoptive mothers to debates about relationships between women
  • Expands our understanding of singleness by comparing spinsters to lesbians and widows, addressing the relationship of these odd women to modernity and the public/private divide
  • It compares representations of odd women in British women in British women's fiction, women's autobiography, advice literature, feminist polemic and medical commentaries in the context of the rise of feminism
  • Re-examines the shifting meanings of 'odd' and 'queer' in relation to the unmarried woman, in the light of key debates about normality/abnormality in queer theory
  • Tracks changes in representations of alternative female sexualities from the 1850s to the 1930s, showing how British women writers in the Victorian and modernist period challenged the heterosexual plot

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