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The Emma Problem

  • Cheryl A. WilsonEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter continues the discussion of Austen’s influence on Victorian fiction and the construction of the heroine. The chapter begins with a brief discussion of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters and then considers how two Victorian novelists—Margaret Oliphant and Charlotte Yonge—engaged with the literary legacy of Austen’s Emma through the construction of their own heroines. In Miss Marjoribanks and The Clever Woman of the Family, Oliphant and Yonge draw on Austen’s Emma to experiment with different kinds of heroines and experiment with narrative modes and strategies for engaging their readers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stevenson UniversityStevensonUSA

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