Table of contents for The Victorian woman question in contemporary feminist fiction / Jeannette King.


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Acknowledgements * Introduction * PART 1: WHAT IS A WOMAN? VICTORIAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF FEMININITY * Religious Prescriptions and Cultural Reflections * The Biological Sciences * An Unhealthy Mind in an Unhealthy Body? * Evolutionary Theory and the Social Sciences * Entering the Gender Debate * PART 2: THE DARWINIAN MOMENT: THE WOMAN THAT NEVER EVOLVED * Separate Species and Separate Spheres: Andrea Barrett, The Voyage of the Naywhal 1855-1856 * Darwin and Romantic Love: A.S. Byatt, Morpho Eugenia * PART 3: 'CRIMINALS, IDIOTS, WOMEN AND MINORS': DEVIANT MINDS IN DEVIANT BODIES * Madwoman or Bad Woman? Margaret Attwood, Alias Grace * Criminal Influence: Sarah Waters, Affinity * PART 4: SUBVERSIVE SPIRITS: SPIRITIUALISM AND FEMALE DESIRE * 'Power Words': Victoria Glendinning, Electricity * Gender and Poetry: A.S. Byatt, The Conjugial Angel * Spiritualism, Psychology and History: Michèle Roberts, In the Red Kitchen * PART 5: DEGENERATION AND SEXUAL ANARCHY * The Newly-born Woman: Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus * Performing Gender: Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet * PART 6: EVOLUTIONARY THOUGHT, GENDER AND RACE * 'Ain't I a Woman?': Toni Morrison's Beloved * Afterword * Bibliography * Index



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Feminist fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Historical fiction, English -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Feminism and literature -- English-speaking countries -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- English-speaking countries -- History -- 20th century.
Women -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Historiography.
Feminism in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Women in literature.