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Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction

Modernity, Will and Desire, 1870–1910


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Meredith Miller
    Pages 1-26
  3. Meredith Miller
    Pages 27-58
  4. Meredith Miller
    Pages 148-176
  5. Meredith Miller
    Pages 202-209
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 210-220

About this book


Between 1870 and 1910 male authors were actively engaged with imagining new possibilities for women, at the same time as the central female figure continued to function as a troubling and unreachable object of aesthetic desire. This book examines these inscrutable female characters who were the ground on which fiction reinvented itself as Art.


aesthetics fiction gender Henry James law Narrative time women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Falmouth UniversityUK

About the authors

Meredith Miller has published widely on gender, sexuality and popular fiction. She is the author of The Historical Dictionary of Lesbian Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2006). She came to the UK in 1997, and completed her DPhil in English at the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence at University of Sussex in 2001. Her particular area of interest centres on cultural materialism, gender, sexuality and the history of the novel. She has taught widely around the US and the UK, and is also a published writer of fiction.

Bibliographic information


“Feminine Subjects may be of significance to a wide readership, particularly those readers interested in Victorian fiction, representations of women in literature, literary history, and intersections between law, literature, and culture. In it, readers will find a thorough excavation of the contexts in which these works emerged and a subtle rethinking of their reception both in the nineteenth century and our own moment in literary history.” (Leah Culligan Flack, James Joyce Quarterly, Vol. 51, 2013)