"The New Woman" Feminist Writing and the Perception of Gender Patterns During the Victorian Fin de Siècle
This thesis analyses the work of Anthony Trollope and Ouida to obtain knowledge about the perception of gender patterns during the Victorian fin de siècle whereby the phenomenon of the “New Woman” will be focused on. It aims to provide an answer to what extent and how the work of Trollope and Ouida reflect concepts of the fin de siècle New Woman. In doing so, the thesis discusses two authors who lived and wrote during the mid and late Victorian period. The four chapters focus on identifying New Woman concepts to bring to light where the authors position themselves in the New Woman debate through their writing. The thesis concludes that although New Woman concepts and with that gender patterns are clearly present, the New Woman is not stable as a term and should therefore be treated with great caution.
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