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Women's Human Rights in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

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Women's Human Rights in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture sheds light on women's rights advancements in the nineteenth century and early twentieth-century through explorations of literature and culture from this time period. With an international emphasis, contributors illuminate the range and diversity of women's work as novelists, journalists, and short story writers and analyze the New Woman phenomenon, feminist impulse, and the diversity of the women writers. Studying writing by authors such as Alice Meynell, Thomas Hardy, Netta Syrett, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Seacole, Charlotte Bronte, and Jean Rhys, the contributors analyze women's voices and works on the subject of women's rights and the representation of the New Woman.
Gloria Y.A. Ayee is lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University and faculty associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Dmitry Kurochkin is lecturer and researcher at Harvard University. Elena V. Shabliy is visiting scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
Chapter 1: Alice Meynell's Negative Happiness: The Primacy of Emotion and the Nature of Art Laura H. Clarke Chapter 2: Struggles of the New Woman in the New World: The Life of the Nineteenth-Century Emancipated American Woman Jacquelyn C. Wenneker Chapter 3: "One of a Sex so Weak": Oppressed Womanhood in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad Chapter 4: "I am, too, an Individual": The Making of the Professional Woman in Netta Syrett's Writing (1890-1899) Mariam Zarif Chapter 5: Alice Dunbar-Nelson, the George Sand of New Orleans Angela R. Hooks Chapter 6: The Wonderful Adventures of the "Motherly Yellow Woman": Mary Seacole's Emancipated Journeys and Public vs. Private Life Camille S. Alexander Chapter 7: Women within Precincts: Colonialism and Racialization in The Madwoman in the Attic, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Jane Eyre Shilpa Daithota Bhat
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