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Odd women?: Spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women's fiction, 1850s–1930s

Emma Liggins


Women outside marriage between 1850 and the Second World War were seen as abnormal, threatening, superfluous and incomplete, whilst also being hailed as ‘women of the future’. Before 1850 odd women were marginalised, minor characters, yet by the 1930s spinsters, lesbians and widows had become heroines. This book considers how Victorian and modernist women's writing challenged the heterosexual plot and reconfigured conceptualisations of public and private space in order to valorise female oddity. It offers queer readings of novels and stories by women writers, from Charlotte Bronte, Elisabeth G ... More

Keywords: Spinsters, Widows, Lesbians, Heteronormativity, Singleness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087561
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Liggins, author