The American woman in search of her independence as represented in the novel from 1870 to the 1930's /
Taylor, Sarah Wingate
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The break-up of the Victorian world affords woman, particularly in the New World geared to the future, an opportunity hitherto unrealized to explore the possibilities of their individual nature. The American women novelists from 1870 forward reflect the trend of the movement, while the conflict of the formalized Victorian scheme with the iconoclastic modern provides unique dramatic background. Mrs. Stowe in "Pink and White Tyranny" published in 1871, starts the ball rolling toward emancipation of women from the Victorian trivialities in which they had been educated as their properly limited sphere, appealing directly to the women, not taking the more obvious course of attacking men as women's oppressors. She aims her fire especially against the petty egoism of the spoiled belle, society's useless darling. In 1888 ooours the first great intellectual explosion from the new generation of American woman novelists, with the appearance of Amelie Rives' "The Quick or the Dead?", Gertrude Atherton's "What Dreams May Come", and Laura Daintrey's "Eros". These novels provide a vital picture of the ferment of the mom- ent, expressing the Victorian love of histrionics, the fervent addiction to passion and sensuous beauty, and in the case of "Eros" especially, a challenge to established moral conventions. [TRUNCATED]
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