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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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(p.255) Conclusion
Odd women?

Emma Liggins

Manchester University Press

The conclusion revisits debates about female singleness and argues that new conceptualisations of lesbianism, spinsterhood and widowhood had helped to trouble and ultimately transform social norms by the end of the 1930s. It links these debates to ongoing concerns about abortion, female promiscuity, celibacy and adoption. It shows how queer readings of novels and autobiographical accounts in this period can help us to rethink our notions of modernity, gender and the family.

Keywords:   Lesbianism, Spinsters, Widows, Aunts, Mothers, Feminism, Modernity, Friendship

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