Critical Alliances: Economics and Feminism in English Women’s Writing, 1880–1914
Published: January 2020© 2020
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 312 Pages
Dimensions: 6.50 x 9.30
312 Pages, 6.50 x 9.30 x 1.00 in
Critical Alliances argues that late-Victorian and modernist feminist authors saw in literary representations of female collaboration an opportunity to produce new gender and economic roles for women. It is not often that one thinks of female allegiances – such as kinship networks, cultural inheritance, or lesbian marriage – as influencing the marketplace; nor does one often think of economic models when theorizing feminist cooperation. S. Brooke Cameron suggest that, through their representations of female partnership, feminist authors such as Virginia Woolf, Olive Schreiner, George Egerton, Amy Levy, and Michael Field redefined the gendered marketplace and, with it, women’s professional opportunities.
Interdisciplinary at its core and using a contextual approach, Critical Alliances selects cultural texts and theories relevant to each writer’s particular intervention in the marketplace. Chapters look at how different forms of feminist collaboration enabled women to stake their claim to one of the many, emergent professions at the turn of the century.
1. Educating New Women for Feminist Futures
2. Sisterly Kinship and the Modern Sexual Contract
3. Cosmopolitan Communities of Female Professionals
4. Women’s Artistic Connoisseurship and the Pleasures of a Lesbian Aesthetic
5. Virginia Woolf’s Post-Victorian Feminism
Coda: The Post-Victorian Legacy of Women’s Work
"Engaging and lively, Critical Alliances makes a significant contribution to discussions about gender, economics, and the marketplace at the fin de siècle. It broadens our understanding of women writers during this period, and their responses to economic frameworks and feminist models of cultural inheritance."Emma Liggins, Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University
"Diverse in scope, and demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the literature on women writers, Critical Alliances spans authors from Olive Schreiner to Virginia Woolf, and subjects from education to aesthetics."Lana L. Dalley, Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, California State University, Fullerton