Re-characterizing the New Woman in the Victorian Novel--NeMLA 2016, March 17-20

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Beth Leonardo, Ryan Engley/NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
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Once thought to embody a central cause of cultural anxiety, the New Woman was more common than she was strange in Victorian culture. Scholarship, here, has been slow to adjust. This panel traces the readings and interpretations of New Women texts that are made available if the New Woman is no longer seen as the novel's main antagonist. Observing this infamous literary figure in a more complex light, this panel will push for a wider appreciation of the dynamic motivations of New Women authors and their characters in the Victorian novel.

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