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Sex, Social Purity and Sarah Grand

1st Edition

Edited by Ann Heilmann, Stephanie Forward, Ann Heilmann


1,616 pages

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Hardback: 9780415214100
pub: 2000-09-28
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Sarah Grand was one of the most prominent New Women of the 1890s and a notable social purity feminist and suffragist. This collection offers important insights into the full range of her journalistic output and lesser-known fictional writings. It also makes available biographical and autobiographical material, and previously unpublished manuscript sources.

The first volume reproduces Grand's articles and the contemporary critical reception of her work. The letters in volume two, written mostly in the 1920s and 1930s, shed light on Grand's genesis as a writer and her interaction with 1890s artistic and feminist circles. The third and fourth volumes contain a selection of short stories from three collections published at and after the turn of the century. These comment on some of the explosive issues of that time: feminism, decadence, eugenics, class, race and war. They also reflect Grand's exploration of the interplay between gender and genre.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Journalistic Writings and Contemporary Reception Edited and introduced by Ann Heilmann and Stephanie Forward

Part One: Journalistic Writings

The sexual politics of the New Woman Marriage and the middle-class reader Public lectures and political commentary Autobiographical and Miscellaneous Interviews

Part Two: Contemporary Reception

General Reviews of articles Reviews of A Domestic Experiment Reviews of Singularly Deluded Reviews of IIdeala Reviews of The Heavenly Twins Reviews of The Beth Book Reviews of Babs the Impossible Reviews of Our Manifold Nature Reviews of Adnam's Orchard Reviews of The Winged Victory Reviews of Variety Obituaries

Volume II: Selected Letters Edited and introduced by Stephanie Forward

Volumes III and IV: Selected Shorter Writings Edited and introduced by Ann Heilmann

Prefaces Race and Empire Eugenics and social hygiene Educating Rita Decadent women Class and gender Femininity, subversion, and role reversal Sisterhood War Gender and genre (1): The Gothic Gender and genre (2): Allegory and masquerade

About the Series

History of Feminism

The History of Feminism series aims to make key archival source material available to scholars, researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates working in the fields of women and gender studies, women's history and women's writing. Subject matter and texts are selected for their decisive contribution to the feminist history of ideas in an international context.

Sets are published in hardback format of between three to six volumes and include full-length documents, pamphlets, reviews, newspaper articles and debates, letters, and fiction. The first set, Sex, Social Purity and Sarah Grand (edited by Ann Heilmann and Stephanie Forward), is concerned with the most prominent British New Woman writer and her contemporary critical reception.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh