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Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922Advancing the Cause of Liberty$
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Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097584

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097584.001.0001

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Girls with ‘go’: female homosociality in L. T. Meade’s schoolgirl novels

Girls with ‘go’: female homosociality in L. T. Meade’s schoolgirl novels

(p.65) 4 Girls with ‘go’: female homosociality in L. T. Meade’s schoolgirl novels
Irish Women'S Writing, 1878-1922

Whitney Standlee

Manchester University Press

Through her promotion of homosocial bonding between females in her schoolgirl novels, L. T. Meade offers a compelling counter-narrative to the rhetoric surrounding denominational schooling that served to divide girls in Ireland in the late nineteenth century. This chapter highlights Meade’s advocacy not only of women’s education but also of equal access to and treatment within education. By promoting homosocial bonds between females and critiquing and punishing dissension, she also posits female solidarity as the most advantageous expedient to a productive and fulfilled life. In doing so, she writes not of lone females who are anomalies in society but of groups of women who are the prospective agents for change.

Keywords:   L. T. Meade, Children’s literature, Female Homosociality, Education

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