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

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087561

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087561.001.0001

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Professional spinsters, older women and widowed heroines in the 1930s

Professional spinsters, older women and widowed heroines in the 1930s

(p.207) Chapter 5 Professional spinsters, older women and widowed heroines in the 1930s
Odd women?

Emma Liggins

Manchester University Press

This also considers the crossovers between lesbian and spinster identities but focuses on the 1930s, and incorporates debates around the older woman. It examines female professionalism and tracks cross-generational female alliances, seen as essential, if precarious, in the progress of feminism. Novels by Virginia Woolf and Winifred Holtby are used to reflect on the progress of the professional spinster and the new older heroine. The 1930s novels of Vita Sackville-West are read as widows' stories through Terry Castle's concept of the post-marital.

Keywords:   Lesbianism, Spinsters, Family, Grandmothers, Widows, Friendship, Feminism

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