The Woman Question and George Gissing

by James Haydock



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/17/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 378
ISBN : 9781496971982
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 378
ISBN : 9781496971975

About the Book

Even though his books never sold as well as those of more popular novelists, women in particular liked George Gissing’s work and often wrote to him for advice. They could see he was keenly interested in the lives of women and the long struggle to improve their condition in a gender-restrictive society dominated by males. Though Gissing tried to champion the women’s cause, he did not entirely succeed. Perhaps he was too close to the changes affecting women to understand their situation fully. Perhaps with individual women a tenacious idealism blurred his vision. Perhaps the facts of his life and experience prevented a balanced judgment. Yet if he could say at the end of his career that he knew nothing at all about women, it was not because he had failed to write about them or to make a thorough study of them. Gissing used the woman question of his day to create female characters as much alive now as when he first began to write.

About the Author

After duty in the Air Force and graduate studies at Baylor University and the University of California at Los Angeles, James Haydock earned a PhD in English language and literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In the years that followed, he researched, wrote about, and taught every aspect of Victorian literature. While teaching the novel year after year, he began to write novels of his own. His publications are almost equally divided between academic works and historical fiction. Now retired, he lives with his wife in Wisconsin.