Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2017

224 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474417686

Bookseller Code (06)

Self-Harm in New Woman Writing

Alexandra Gray

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture

  • Highly interdisciplinary, combining medical history, archival and periodical research, art history, gender studies and literary studies
  • Re-assessment of well-known New Woman authors as well as original research into newly discovered New Woman authors
  • First book-length examination of self-harm in Victorian literary fiction
  • First study to suggest that Victorian self-harm (broadly speaking) can be traced through an engagement with literary fiction long before its emergence as a clinical category of behavior in the twentieth century
  • Reappraisal of New Woman studies suggesting some of the ways very different types of New Woman writing converged around a single thematic concern, and attempts to account for this in socio-historic (and formal) terms
  • Detailed discussion of the work of Mary Angela Dickens and Victoria Cross, two comparatively unknown authors (almost no scholarly work currently exists on Dickens's writing)