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Gothic Feminism: The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Brontes

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As British women writers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries sought to define how they experienced their era's social and economic upheaval, they helped popularize a new style of bourgeois female sensibility. Building on her earlier work in Romantic Androgyny, Diane Long Hoeveler now examines the Gothic novels of Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, Charlotte Dacre Byrne, Mary Shelley, and the Brontës to show how these writers helped define femininity for women of the British middle class.

Hoeveler argues that a female-created literary ideology, now known as "victim feminism," arose as the Gothic novel helped create a new social role of professional victim for women adjusting to the new bourgeois order. These novels were thinly disguised efforts at propagandizing a new form of conduct for women, teaching that "professional femininity"—a cultivated pose of wise passiveness and controlled emotions—best prepared them for social survival. She examines how representations of both men and women in these novels moved from the purely psychosexual into social and political representations, and how these writers constructed a series of ideologies that would allow their female characters—and readers—fictitious mastery over an oppressive social and political system.

Gothic Feminism takes a neo-feminist approach to these women's writings, treating them not as sacred texts but as thesis-driven works that attempted to instruct women in a series of strategic poses. It offers both a new understanding of the genre and a wholly new interpretation of feminism as a literary ideology.

About the Author

Diane Long Hoeveler is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program at Marquette University. She is the author of Romantic Androgyny: The Women Within (Penn State, 1990) and co-author of Charlotte Brontë (1997).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271033617
Subtitle:
The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Brontës
Author:
Hoeveler, Diane Long
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Subject:
Feminist
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Feminist Studies-Reference
Subject:
Gothic Feminism
Subject:
The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Brontes
Subject:
Diane Long Hoveler
Subject:
0-271-01809-7
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
British women writers
Subject:
social and economic upheaval
Subject:
bourgeois female sensibility
Subject:
Charlotte Smith
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Ann Radcliffe
Subject:
Jane Austen
Subject:
Charlotte Dacre Byrne
Subject:
Mary Shelley
Subject:
Brontes
Subject:
Femininity.
Subject:
Middle class
Subject:
victim feminism
Subject:
professional femininity
Subject:
passiveness
Subject:
controlled emotions
Subject:
social survival
Subject:
psychosexual
Subject:
Social
Subject:
political representations
Subject:
ideologies
Subject:
Ps
Subject:
ychosexual
Subject:
The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Bro
Subject:
ntes
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071008
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.78 in 1.281 oz

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