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Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction

The Female Gentleman


Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Melissa Schaub
    Pages 58-125
  3. Melissa Schaub
    Pages 126-136
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 137-162

About this book


This is a feminist study of a recurring character type in classic British detective fiction by women - a woman who behaves like a Victorian gentleman. Exploring this character type leads to a new evaluation of the politics of classic detective fiction and the middlebrow novel as a whole.


detective fiction feminism fiction novel Victorian era women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaPembrokeUSA

About the authors

MELISSA SCHAUB is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, USA. Her research focuses on literature by British women authors, particularly domestic, serial, and middlebrow novels. She teaches courses on British and women's literature, and especially enjoys introducing undergraduates to feminist readings of literature and history.

Bibliographic information


'The work of the five writers Schaub studies is not wholly conservative, but advances feminist assertion over the new woman fiction of the late Victorian period, giving success to the admittedly rare women able to reason and provide for themselves The study is well researched, well written, and readable.' M. S. Stephenson, University of Texas at Brownsville