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'Ouida,' the pseudonym of Louise Ramé (1839-1908), was one of the most productive, widely-circulated and adapted of Victorian popular novelists, with a readership that ranged from Vernon Lee, Oscar Wilde and Ruskin to the nameless newspaper readers and subscribers to lending libraries. Examining the range and variety of Ouida’s literary output, which includes journalism as well as fiction, reveals her to be both a literary seismometer, sensitive to the enormous shifts in taste and publication practices of the second half of the nineteenth century, and a fierce protector of her independent vision. This collection offers a radically new view of Ouida, helping us thereby to rethink our perceptions of popular women writers in general, theatrical adaptation of their fiction, and their engagements with imperialism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. The volume's usefulness to scholars is enhanced by new bibliographies of Ouida's fiction and journalism as well as of British stage adaptations of her work.
"This first full-length study of the works of best-selling Victorian novelist Ouida (pen name for Marie Louise Rame) examines the evolution of social, political, and gender issues in Ouida's fiction from her "high society" romances of the 1860s to her satirical exposes of contemporary society in the 1880s and 1890s." "This study places Ouida in the context of nineteenth-century debates over gender by exploring the contradictions between the vehement critiques of marriage in her fiction and the equally vehement anti-feminist sentiments of her journalism. Examining Ouida's revision of gender stereotypes such as the domestic angel, the adventuress, and the dandy, Schroeder and Holt establish Ouida as a significant predecessor of the 1890s New Woman."--BOOK JACKET.
The collection offers feminist reading on a range of popular genres, including ghost stories, working-class women's poetry, sensation fiction and stage melodrama in the context of discussions of the literary marketplace.
The work of popular women novelists in mid-Victorian Britain and beliefs about femininity and disease.
Discusses the work of a wide range of women writers popular in Victorian England but neglected or forgotten since.
A concise history of smoking in British popular culture from the early-19th century to the end of the 20th century. It explores the culture of the pipe and the cigar in the 19th century, the role of the cigarette in the mass market economy of the early-20th century, and the politics of smoking and health since the 1950s. Hilton argues that a particular culture of smoking celebrated at the end of the 19th century, together with certain economic and political forces, came to dominate the meaning of tobacco within popular culture, and acted as an important bulwark against state intervention in the sphere of public health.
A concise and lucid overview of the key criticism -- from early reviews to twenty-first commentaries -- surrounding the popular genre of Victorian "sensation" fiction.
Ten scholars examine key factors of the rise and decline of Victorian culture and values in America
Schaffer (English, Queens College, City U. of New York) analyzes the complex dialogue between male and female aesthetes in late Victorian England, exploring the heretofore insufficiently recognized role that women such as Lucas Malet, Ouida, and others played in this influential late Victorian literary movement. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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