‘Missed Vocation? The Failed Writer in Late Victorian Women’s Fiction.’
Oulton, C. 2014. ‘Missed Vocation? The Failed Writer in Late Victorian Women’s Fiction.’.
The difficulties of self-presentation for Victorian women writers, and the troubled history of their literary standing, have been well documented. To take just one example, Helen Black’s Ladies Pictorial interviews with Notable Women Authors of the Day (1893, updated 1906) is perhaps most notable for the obscurity of virtually all its subjects. But as Catherine Pope points out in her introduction to the Victorian Secrets edition, while most ‘present themselves as women first, and writers second’, this self-deprecation is hardly consistent with their professionalism and sustained output. While one of the featured authors (Marie Corelli) does present a highly successful female author in her best known novel The Sorrows of Satan, it is Sarah Grand who has come to symbolise a generation of women authors, not least through her depiction of female characters of prodigious ability whose ambitions are undermined or deliberately discouraged.
|Conference||International Conference on Women and Vocation|
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|Deposited||24 Nov 2014|
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