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The Awkward Age in Women's Popular Fiction, 1850-1900Girls and the Transition to Womanhood$
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Sarah Bilston

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272617.001.0001

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On the threshold

On the threshold

Female Adolescent Experience in Fiction of the Fin de Siècle

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(p.169) 5 On the threshold
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The Awkward Age in Women's Popular Fiction, 1850-1900
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SARAH BILSTON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272617.003.0006

This chapter examines the intersections between romance and New Woman fictions on the question of sexual knowledge. It shows that New Woman author and the romance writer may both now be resituated within a broader Victorian female tradition, a vibrant literary community, a strong history of dialogue and debate. It demonstrates that the New Woman herself stands revealed as daughter to a host of rebellious, transitional heroines from the literature of the later nineteenth century.

Keywords:   New Woman, Victorian, tradition, nineteenth century, romance writer, Fin de Siècle

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