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The odd women

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`there are half a million more women than men in this unhappy country of ours . . . So many odd women - no making a pair with them.' The idea of the superfluity of unmarried women was one the `New Woman' novels of the 1890s sought to challenge. But in The Odd Women (1893) Gissing satirizes the prevailing literary image of the `New Woman' and makes the point that unmarried women were generally viewed less as noble and romanticfigures than as `odd' and marginal in relation to the ideal of womanhood itself. Set in grimy, fog-ridden London, these `odd' women range from the idealistic, financially self-sufficient Mary Barfoot and Rhoda Nunn, who run a school to train young women in office skills for work, to the Maddensisters struggling to subsist in low-paid jobs and experiencing little comfort or pleasure in their lives. Yet it is for the youngest Madden sister's marriage that the novel reserves its most sinister critique. With superb detachment Gissing captures contemporary society's ambivalence towards its own period of transition. The Odd Women is a novel engaged with all the major sexual and social issues of the late-nineteenth century. Judged by contemporary reviewers as equal to Zola and Ibsen, Gissing was seento have produced an `intensely modern' work and it is perhaps for this reason that the issues it raises remain the subject of contemporary debate. *Introduction *Textual Note *Bibliography *Chronology *Explanatory Notes *Map
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One of the acknowledged masterpieces of Victorian-era literary realism, George Gissing's novel The Odd Women portrays the plight of unmarried women in nineteenth-century England, probing the question of the financial and psychological well-being of those who were not able to find suitable matches. Recognized by critics as an early feminist text, this novel is a must-read for fans of historical—and socially significant—fiction.

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subject_facet England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction, London (England) -- Fiction, Middle class women -- Fiction, Middle class women -- Great Britain -- Fiction, Middle class women -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources, Single women -- Fiction, Single women -- Great Britain -- Fiction, Single women -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources, Sisters -- Fiction, Women -- Employment -- Fiction, Women -- Employment -- Great Britain -- Fiction, Women -- Employment -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources, Women -- England -- Fiction
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title_full The Odd Women, The odd women / George Gissing, The odd women / by George Gissing ; edited by Arlene Young
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topic_facet Classic Literature, Employment, Fiction, History, Middle class women, Single women, Sisters, Social life and customs, Women