This work investigates women’s emancipation writing in the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Many novelists in various national literatures touched upon the theme of an emancipated woman in the long nineteenth century and at the fin de siècle. Philosophers, poets, writers, and journalists were concerned with this problem and began popularizing wholeheartedly the so-called "burning" questions. The new femininity was represented not only in the Christian context; many other traditions and cultures opened the discussion about the women’s lot. This volume analyzes women’s literary voices from different parts of the world—Turkey, England, the U.S., Italy, Russia, Spain, and others. Imagination, as it is believed, has no borders and is dialogical in its nature.
Table of Contents
The New, but New with G*d
Elena V. Shabliy
Women’s Labor Activism in the Progressive Era and Marie Van Vorst’s Amanda of the Mill as a Social Propaganda Tool
"I have been wronged, and I long to right myself at once": Revenge, Deceit and Female Power in Louisa May Alcott’s Sensational Short Fiction
Who’s Afraid of Women Photographers? Redefining Gender, Gaze, and Photography in Amy Levy’s The Romance of a Shop
Mavis Chia-Chieh Tseng
Rediscovering London in Ella Hepworth Dixon’s The Story of a Modern Woman
Sun Jai Kim
The First "New Woman" in Modern Hebrew Literature: Finalia Adelberg in Love of The Righteous, or, The Persecuted Families by Sarah Feiga Meinkin
Michal Fram Cohen
Gendering the Empire: The Discourse on the New Woman and Emergence of Ottoman Feminism, 1860-1918
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: A Feminist Life and its Discourse
Harriet Beecher Stowe and Two Fin de Siècle Women Writers
Women’s Roles in Mass Literacy, Production, and Sensation in George Gissing’s New Grub Street
Robin M. Mako Citarella
Elena V. Shabliy is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.
Dmitry Kurochkin is a Research Associate at Harvard University.
Karen O’Donnell is the CODEC Research Fellow at Durham University.