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Awkward Age in Womens Popular Fiction, 1850-1900: Girls and the Transition to Womanhood Sarah Bilston

Awkward Age in Womens Popular Fiction, 1850-1900: Girls and the Transition to Womanhood

Sarah Bilston

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781280757815
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255 pages
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 About the Book 

This book demonstrates that the awkward age formed a fault-line in Victorian female experience, an unusual phase in which restlessness, self-interest, and rebellion were possible. Tracing evolving treatments of female adolescence though a host ofMoreThis book demonstrates that the awkward age formed a fault-line in Victorian female experience, an unusual phase in which restlessness, self-interest, and rebellion were possible. Tracing evolving treatments of female adolescence though a host of long-forgotten womens fictions, the book reveals that representations of the girl in popular womens literature importantly anticipated depictions of the feminist in the fin de siecle New Woman writing- conservative portrayals of- girls hopes, dreams, and subsequent frustrations helped clear a literary and cultural space for the New Womans awakening to disaffected consciousness. The book thus both historicises the evolution and mythic appeal of the female adolescent and works to receive suggestive exchanges between apparently- diverse female literary traditions.