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Grania and her Sisters: New Women Abroad and at Home

James H. Murphy

in Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596997
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596997.003.0009
Grania and her Sisters: New Women Abroad and at Home

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The 1880s and 1890s were the years of the new-woman movement in literature. In any list of the most important half dozen new-woman novelists three women with Irish connections, Sarah Grand, Iota (Mrs Caffyn), and George Egerton, almost always figure. Grand, like Iota, is sometimes thought of as a conservative feminist because of her belief in valuing femininity as well as extending opportunities for women. George Egerton is generally thought of as being more unrestrained and as promoting a wilder and sexually freer view of womanhood. Other novels by Irish writers like L. T. Meade also fit within the new-woman category. There is a note of disillusion in the novels of Ella MacMahon, however. On the other side of the Irish Sea women were once more coming into a position of some dominance in the novel. Among them were Somerville and Ross and Emily Lawless. Lawless's Grania and Somerville and Ross's The Real Charlotte and The Silver Fox are impressive expositions of the lives of women in Ireland at a variety of social levels.

Keywords: new woman; feminism; sexuality; Sarah Grand; George Egerton; Emily Lawless; Somerville and Ross; Meade

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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