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Chastity and Transgression in Women’s Writing, 1792–1897

Interrupting the Harlot’s Progress


About this book


Working at the intersections of feminist literary criticism, new historicism, and narratology, Chastity and Transgression in Women's Writing revises current understandings of nineteenth-century representations of prostitution, female sexuality and the 'rights of woman' debate. Eberle's project explores the connections and disjunctures between women writing during the Romantic period and those working throughout the Victorian era. She considers a wide range of authors including Mary Wollstonecraft, Amelia Opie, Mary Hays, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Sarah Grand.


female sex fiction Romanticism Victorian era women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of GeorgiaUSA

About the authors

ROXANNE EBERLE is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Georgia.

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"Clearly written and meticulously researched, this volume is recommended for readers at all levels." - Choice