Why, in the last decades of the twentieth century, should so many women novelists have looked back a hundred years for the subjects of their fiction? Why should the Victorians hold so much interest for the age of superwomen and ladettes? What, in particular, is the interest of Victorian constructions of gender and sexuality for modern feminists? These were the questions that drove the research for this monograph. Clearly no single set of explanations will do as an answer, but my concern is less with the motivation of individual novelists than with the significance of this body of writing as a literary and cultural phenomenon.
KeywordsGender Discourse Historical Fiction Woman Question Modern Feminist Detective Fiction
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