George Gissing The Working Woman And Urban Culture

Author: Emma Liggins
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351933973
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George Gissing's work reflects his observations of fin-de-siècle London life. Influenced by the French naturalist school, his realist representations of urban culture testify to the significance of the city for the development of new class and gender identities, particularly for women. Liggins's study, which considers standard texts such as The Odd Women, New Grub Street, and The Nether World as well as lesser known short works, examines Gissing's fiction in relation to the formation of these new identities, focusing specifically on debates about the working woman. From the 1880s onward, a new genre of urban fiction increasingly focused on work as a key aspect of the modern woman's identity, elements of which were developed in the New Woman fiction of the 1890s. Showing his fascination with the working woman and her narrative potential, Gissing portrays women from a wide variety of occupations, ranging from factory girls, actresses, prostitutes, and shop girls to writers, teachers, clerks, and musicians. Liggins argues that by placing the working woman at the center of his narratives, rather than at the margins, Gissing made an important contribution to the development of urban fiction, which increasingly reflected current debates about women's presence in the city.
George Gissing, the Working Woman, and Urban Culture
Language: en
Pages: 226
Authors: Emma Liggins
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-29 - Publisher: Routledge

George Gissing's work reflects his observations of fin-de-siècle London life. Influenced by the French naturalist school, his realist representations of urban culture testify to the significance of the city for the development of new class and gender identities, particularly for women. Liggins's study, which considers standard texts such as The
The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part I
Language: en
Pages: 413
Authors: Pierre Coustillas
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-09-30 - Publisher: Routledge

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing chronologically and in close detail. Part I covers Gissing’s early life up until his establishment as a writer of moderate critical success.
The Dream Life of Citizens
Language: en
Pages: 191
Authors: Zarena Aslami
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

An historical and political reading of late-nineteenth-century British novels by Olive Schreiner, Thomas Hardy, George Gissing, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. A. Henty, and Sarah Grand. Examines how these novels represent the emergence of a fantasy of the state as a heroic actor.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
Language: en
Pages: 2656
Authors: David Scott Kastan
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-03-03 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

From folk ballads to film scripts, this new five-volume encyclopedia covers the entire history of British literature from the seventh century to the present, focusing on the writers and the major texts of what are now the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In five hundred substantial essays written
George Gissing and the Place of Realism
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Rebecca Hutcheon
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-22 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This collection explores Gissing’s place in the narrative of fin-de-siècle literature. Together, chapters here theorise how late-Victorian spatial and generic norms are confronted, explored and performed in Gissing’s works. In addition to presenting new readings of the major novels and introducing readers to lesser-known works, the collection advocates Gissing’s importance