© 2014

British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850–1930

Reclaiming Social Space


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kate Krueger
    Pages 1-17
  3. Kate Krueger
    Pages 142-189
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 206-260

About this book


This book addresses a critically neglected genre used by women writers from Gaskell to Woolf to complicate Victorian and modernist notions of gender and social space. Their innovative short stories ask Britons to reconsider where women could live, how they could be identified, and whether they could be contained.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Arkansas State UniversityUSA

About the authors

Kate Krueger is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies at Arkansas State University, USA, specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature. She has previously published on the short fiction of Virginia Woolf, George Egerton, Charlotte Mew, and Evelyn Sharp.

Bibliographic information


“Kate Krueger’s British Women Writers and the Short Story addresses women writers’ use of social space in two key ways: the social space of the short story itself, which Krueger reads as an apt political space for women writers; and physical spaces, ranging from drawing rooms to city streets to colonial outposts. … Throughout, Krueger offers detailed readings that are attentive to each text’s periodical print context, and this is a real strength of the volume.” (Sigrid Anderson Cordell, Sharp News, Vol. 24 (4), 2015)

"Wide-ranging, incisive and thoroughly readable, this will be essential reading for anyone interested in women writers' contribution to the short story tradition." - Ailsa Cox, Edgehill University, UK