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Fallen Women in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 1-11
  3. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 13-29
  4. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 31-47
  5. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 49-69
  6. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 71-91
  7. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 93-112
  8. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 113-131
  9. Tom Winnifrith
    Pages 133-147
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 149-178

About this book


Tom Winnifrith examines how the great nineteenth-century novelists managed to say something new and important about sexual behaviour in spite of rules which dictated that the recording of this behaviour should combine the utmost discretion and deep disapproval. On the surface their fallen heroines seem to suffer the conventional cruel fate of the erring female: death or Australia or both. Tom Winnifrith examines ways in which the great novelists continued to portray the complexities underlying the simple division of women into angels and whores.


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About the authors

TOM WINNIFRITH is Senior Lecturer in the Joint School of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He has previously been an assistant master at Eton College, E K Chambers student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, William Noble Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. His many previous books include The Brontës and their Background, Brontë Facts and Brontë Problems (with Edward Chitham), Aspects of the Epic, Greece Old and New, Nineteen Eighty Four and All's Well? (with William Whitehead) and A New Life of Charlotte Brontë.

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