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7 July 2005 Penguin Classics

"A lady? decidedly. Fast? perhaps. Original? undoubtedly. Worth knowing? rather." Daring and dynamic, the 'new woman' came to represent the very spirit of the age. The stories in this anthology take up this phenomenon and examine society throughthe eyes of the new woman, as she encountered new choices in marriage, motherhood, work and love.

Women Who Did charts a rebellion that was social, sexual and literary. It tells the stories of competing voices - of the men and women who entered into the fray of the fin de siècle, and were not afraid to confront, challenge or delight in the irrepressible New, in an irrepressibly new form, the short story.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141441569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141441566
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Angelique Richardson is Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on nineteenth-century fiction and is the author of Love, Eugenics and the New Woman: Science, Fiction, Feminism (OUP, 2003). She is also co-editor of The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact: Fin-de-Siècle Feminisms (Palgrave, 2001). She writes regularly for the TLS, has written a number of entries for the New Dictionary of National Biography , and reviews for the leading international journals in nineteenth-century studies, including Victorian Studies and the Journal of Victorian Culture.

Angelique Richardson is Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on nineteenth-century fiction and is the author of Love, Eugenics and the New Woman: Science, Fiction, Feminism (Oxford University Press, 2003). She is also co-editor of The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact: Fin-de-Siècle Feminisms (Palgrave, 2001).


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One afternoon I was sitting outside the Café de la Paix,1 watching the splendour and shabbiness of Parisian life, and wondering over my vermouth at the strange panorama of pride and poverty that was passing before me, when I heard some one call my name. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to Showalter? 25 May 2012
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This book overlaps, and in some ways updates, Elaine Showalter's influential 1993 anthology Daughters Of Decadence: Women Writers of the Fin-de-siecle. A couple of stories from Showalter's earlier selection do not make this new cut, although it is larger, includes work by male writers, and extends the scope to WW1.

The main difference between the anthologies is in the contextual introduction by Angelique Richardson. Where Showalter gave a short pithy introduction to the literary aspects of women's writings, Richardson presents a long systematic summary of the issues and debates affecting the "New Woman" question.

Showalter's remains the more illuminating piece in terms of Feminist criticism; although undergrads new to the study of Women's writing will find Richardson's essay fills in the turbulent, chauvinistic social and political background that these writers had to struggle against.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Collection... 30 July 2011
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This is a lovely collection of stories, definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys literature or even just good stories!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of "Women Who Did" 31 July 2003
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"Women Who Did" was a revelation. Amazingly enough the part I enjoyed most was the introduction. Richardson's background is highly informative but at no time do you feel you've been forced into reading an introduction which is irrelevant to the text. The stories themselves are a delightful mix combining humour with a very emphatic message. At the end of every story i was expecting the 'happy ever after' ending that you might find in 'Chick Lit' but it never came. There is a definite feel of feminism about the text but this is diminshed by the presence of male authors. A book to read from cover to cover or dip into when you want a story of no more than ten pages.
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