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on 31 May 2012
Elaine Showalter has compiled various short stories written during the 1880s and 1890s. The majority of these are not available online. I, personally, liked The Yellow Wallpaper, which has a nice twist in the end.
The female authors featured in this book experiment with the changing gender dynamic befitting the idea of the New Woman. Theodora: A Fragment, written by Victoria Cross and published in the literary magazine The Yellow Book (1895), is a good example of reversed gender roles and is very nicely written. Cross later adapted this short story into a novel called Six Chapters of a Man's Life (1903).
The only negative comment I can think of is the limited scope Showalter assumed. The authors are carefully selected and belong to a certain group of female writers that challenged these ideas. Naturally, not every female author during the period shared these convictions. Based on this book alone, one could think all female writers of the period were interested in these ideas.
Nonetheless, Showalter has revived various short stories of authors long forgotten and hard to find online for those who get their reading material of websites such as Project Gutenberg. It is thus a worthwhile investment.