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The Woman Who Did [Paperback]

Grant Allen , Nicholas Ruddick
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1 Jan 2004
But surely no woman would ever dare to do so, said my friend. I knew a woman who did, said I; and this is her story.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press (1 Jan 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1440039372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440039379
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A splendid resource for those interested in the Victorian fin de siècle, and the nineteenth-century Woman Question." -- Kathy Alexis Psomiades, Duke University

"This is a very welcome addition to Broadview Press's increasingly rich library of once-popular eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts by women." -- Ann L. Ardis, University of Delaware --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nicholas Ruddick is a Professor of English at the University of Regina. He is the editor of the Broadview edition of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine (2001). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Feminist essay/novel 11 Jun 2014
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This novel tells the story of a woman, Herminia, striving to live according to the beliefs of her own version of feminism. Published in 1895, it manages to be particularly interesting given the different conventionalities of women’s rights at that time, whilst still providing a lot of thought that could be relevant to women’s rights today. It gives the impression that the author shares his main character’s views, and takes the opportunity to lay down various arguments throughout the book, which, particularly near the end, become a little excessively long, reading more like a feminist essay than a novel.

It contains original ideas, and the characters and their relationships are interesting for this reason. The book suffers from its skirting round the issue of sexual intercourse – we learn that Hermina is strongly against marriage, co-habitation with a romantic partner, the sharing of a partner’s finances, and practically every other major aspect of a conventional marital relationship, viewing all these as heinous crimes against women, and we are given detailed arguments of her reasons for being so, incorporating social, political and moral elements, centering on how these institutions covertly ensure men’s dominance over women. Yet she finds nothing objectionable at all in sex or in the relations that sex necessitates between men and women – on the contrary, we are told she views celibacy as even more evil than marriage (which, for this character, is saying something) – yet we are given no explanation for this exception, other than the occasional vague allusion to the possibility of motherhood resulting from sex as being what nature intended. The time at which the novel was written and published probably meant any more details be given on this subject, yet it stands out as a glaring omission from Herminia’s and the author’s feminist theory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry 26 April 2014
By pip
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I have not read the book yet so cannot comment on it but it sounds interesting. For a research project
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2.0 out of 5 stars A woman who did ?? 24 Jan 2013
By Aileen
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rapidly lost interest, gave it up as a bad-job...almost fell asleep,have read better books of theis period,wouldn't recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 29 Mar 2013
By RainyDayGal - Published on
I really enjoyed this book.

I felt she made choices that were really very quite difficult and unusual for Victorian times. She stuck to her guns,, and like all of us, was made to bear the consequences of her choice.

Highly recommend !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Story of futility 18 Mar 2009
By jreader - Published on
I did not like this book. The woman in the story endures self-imposed difficulties, with no final accomplishment. Very frustrating and annoying story. Only suggested for those highly interested in women's studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation! 19 Dec 2005
By An Avid Reader - Published on
Groundbreaking for its time. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Women's studies. Yes, it is amazing that women used to live like this! I highly recommend this book.
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