George Gissing Patricia Ingham
- Title: The Odd Women
- Author: George Gissing Patricia Ingham
- ISBN: 9780199538300
- Page: 309
- Format: Paperback
A novel of social realism, The Odd Women reflects the major sexual and cultural issues of the late nineteenth century Unlike the New Woman novels of the era which challenged the idea that the unmarried woman was superfluous, Gissing satirizes that image and portrays women as odd and marginal in relation to an ideal Set in a grimy, fog ridden London, Gissing s odd wA novel of social realism, The Odd Women reflects the major sexual and cultural issues of the late nineteenth century Unlike the New Woman novels of the era which challenged the idea that the unmarried woman was superfluous, Gissing satirizes that image and portrays women as odd and marginal in relation to an ideal Set in a grimy, fog ridden London, Gissing s odd women range from the idealistic, financially self sufficient Mary Barfoot to the Madden sisters who struggle to subsist in low paying jobs and little chance for joy With narrative detachment, Gissing portrays contemporary society s blatant ambivalence towards its own period of transition Judged by contemporary critics to be as provocative as Zola and Ibsen, Gissing produced an intensely modern work as the issues it raises remain the subject of contemporary debate.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
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What do you do, if the only socially acceptable career is marriage - and no one marries you? In late nineteenth century England, millions of women were condemned to live a life of shabby-genteel desperation because there simply weren't enough men to have for husbands and virtually no actual employment was possible. This is the horribly narrow, lonely fate endured by one woman here - but it's far better than the fates of two of her siblings: alcoholism, and marriage to a well-meaning but unendura [...]
Possibly my favourite Gissing so far. A brilliant, engaging novel with fascinating and feminist themes, one of the most interesting Victorian books I've read.
A riveting novel exploring the nascent rumblings of female emancipation, with a cast of strong and memorable characters serving up a long and thoughtful series of ruminations on the problems of Victorian marriage and divorce laws, and the basic humbuggering that befell women who liked to think things and not sew quilts for eight hours a day. The two main narrative threads concern an emancipated woman conflicted by the attentions of a man who is attracted to emancipated women (with dreams of domi [...]
Introduction--The Odd WomenSelected Bibliography
In his day, in the late Victorian age, Gissing was one of the most popular novelists. But he is not well known today, his contemporaries Trollope, Hardy, and James having aged much better than Gissing has. Indeed, neither the Oxford Anthology of English Literature - Victorian Prose and Poetry nor the Norton Anthology of English Literature has an entry for his writing, and the Oxford Anthology doesn't even mention him in its "Suggestions for Further Reading." The Teaching Company course on "The E [...]
A definite winner in my eyes. There are some books that just make you think and this is one of them. Taking the idea of 'odd women' and turning it into a novel is just brillant. Odd women are those women who are left after all other eligible men and women have been paired in marriage. These women are not outcasts per se but definitely live a much different life than those who have a husband.Some of the women in this novel embrace the distinction while others are so afraid of becoming one that th [...]
This is an astonishing book: a subversive, feminist take on marriage and women’s roles in society, written by a man in the 1890s. I suspect that’s not a coincidence, that a woman couldn’t have gotten away with this book and its criticism of Victorian marriage and Victorian men. And to round out the praise, it is also an excellent story, with fascinating and believable characters, that had me turning the pages as quickly as any contemporary novel.Late 19th century England had a marriage mar [...]
`there are half a million more women than men in this unhappy country of ours . . . So many odd women - no making a pair with them.'The Odd Women explores the idea of all the “Odd Women” of Victorian England, those women left over after all the more marriageable people have been paired off. Some of the characters – particularly Rhoda Nunn and Mary Barfoot embrace their status as single independent women and in them Gissing rather satirises the “New Women” of the 1890’s. As the novel [...]
I sort of fell out of the world for about a month, didn't I? I am back and trying to get caught up on some reviews. It's been a busy time and also summer and summer makes me feel like the saddest pile of shit you've ever met, so bear with me. It happens every year, though this year may be the worst so far.The Odd Women is a delightful story about the Madden sisters and their friendship with Rhoda, an intelligent woman, rare for their environment and society. Rhoda, of course, opens up their eyes [...]
Writing this review will be a struggle; not because I didn't like the book, but because why I liked it is not so easy to explain without saying more than I usually do about the heart of the matter.So many odd women--no making a pair with them. The pessimists call them useless, lost, futile lives. I, naturally--being one of them myself--take another view. I look upon them as a great reserve. When one woman vanishes in matrimony, the reserve offers a substitute for the world's work.Ok, so that exp [...]
I think I’m beginning to like Gissing. I read New Grub Street a few months ago and my jury remained slightly out, but The Odd Women won me over. Thematically, this novel is very interesting indeed. The “odd women” of the title are those surplus to requirements in late-Victorian Britian: women of the genteel, but unmoneyed classes who do not find a husband, and find themselves socially invisible, financially straitened, and deprived of any means to fight their way out of their corner. Fear [...]
This is the first piece of literature that I've read by George Gissing. In fact, I had never heard of Gissing until a book was recommended by a Victorian group. After reading The Odd Women I will definitely seek out more of his works.The setting is turn of the 19th century England. There are more women than men during this period and those women who do not possess the qualities (social class, money, looks) to attract a husband are labeled Odd Women. Two feminist women really really feminist for [...]
This novel was surprisingly good. I was expecting something more like a polemic, something in which the Issues were more important than the story. But what I got instead was surprisingly readable, well-written, and even quite suspenseful. (Okay, not in a thriller kind of way, but in a Victorian marriage plot kind of way.)Unlike an Issue novel like Ruth (oh, Elizabeth Gaskell, I like you, but that novel has some problems!), where the protagonist is primarily a bland vehicle for making a point, Th [...]
I found this book to be fascinating. Gissing represents a unique voice in Victorian literature, and he did not disappoint me with the wonderful social commentary that he wrote about the roles of the sexes and their own perceptions about what their roles should be in Victorian society. Oh yeah, and then Gissing throws in a bunch of stuff regarding the multiple purposes of getting married, the effects of loneliness on the human psyche and the crazy things that people will or won't do for love. Ele [...]
Forget about Edith Wharton - this the best, most ahead-of-its-time, social commentary book I have read in a long, long time, if not ever. How come it wasn't on my radar before? It speaks about women's equality in a way that makes it incredible that it was written in the freaking 1800s. If only, the fact that it was makes it even more refreshing - because these are problems that we're already aware of but we still haven't managed to resolve, seeing it all discussed like it's new and devoid of con [...]
No conocía a George Gissing, contemporáneo de Henry James, Hardy o Anthony Trollpe, y desde luego no tan conocido parece ser, aunque en su época fue uno de los más populares. Lo cierto es que me ha sorprendido muchísimo en el sentido de que un hombre escribiera con tanta coherencia sobre el tema de la emergente emancipación femenina en el s.XIX, El título de la novela se refiere a esas mujeres de la época que se quedan sin casarse, en tierra de nadie, en una época en que el éxito de la [...]
A vastly underrated novel. I'd never heard of this author until he was recommended on one of the threads. I enjoyed this story which at heart offers two tales of "love" by two very different women. Monica is a young woman who marries an older man and trade one prison for another. Rhoda is principled and idealistic and revels in her independence.This novel delves into the start of the emancipation movement and is a quite fascinating look at 19th century society. Really this novel deserves all of [...]
Lord, I'm thankful to thee that I live in the 21st century and not in Victorian times. Gissing is trying his best to elucidate his readers on the grave matter of the equality of the sexes. To follow his meanderings gives us today valuable insight into the more than sad state of affairs in his times. Some thoughts and ideas on marriage are well formulated and quite interesting. But the story as such feels heavily constructed for the sake of argument and Gissing's characters have a tendency to utt [...]
Fiction about a small selection of loosely related women with various personalities and talents. The writing is pointed and both easy and interesting to read, but I got impatient and spoiled myself for the ending, and then lost all interest in actually reading the full novel. I don't enjoy reading about nineteenth century people torturing themselves and others in order to live up to their high ideals (and inevitably failing to do so anyway).
3.5 stars. There were certainly ideas and themes about women that I never expected to see in a Victorian novel, which was quite refreshing.
This is a wonderful book which explores the roles of women in Victorian England, and specifically analyzing the roles of unmarried women. I found it to be smart, sometimes funny, and strongly feminist.
During the 1890s, apparently, a surplus of women and shortage of men resulted in the phenomenon of “odd” (as opposed to even, or paired-off) women – women who, for whatever reason, were not succeeding in finding a spouse. The question is, in a pre-feminist world, what were these women supposed to do? In this novel, Gissing’s female characters represent a few of the contemporary choices – withering away in unfulfilling jobs as governesses and companions, wallowing in hypochondria or alc [...]
At no point was I floored by Gissing as a writer. He is one of those where you can see snatches of talent shining through in particularly poignant phrases, but it’s only here and there. For example the book opened with:“"Mrs. Madden- having given birth to six daughters, had fulfilled her function in this wonderful world”There is such gravitas in that sentence, especially in the contact of the rest of the scene where the audience is introduced immediately to a doubtful figure of a father wh [...]
This book focuses on single women (the odd ones out of the marriage game) in 1890s England. At that time, there were far more women than men (this came up in "Governess," as well, and I am now curious as to how this imbalance came about). As a result, many women (especially those in the middle classes) had to go out and earn a living; many wound up as poorly paid governesses, others became overworked shop girls. Two of the main characters in this book have set up a school to educate women to bec [...]
This read was an unexpected masterpiece for me. Absolutely recommended to those who are interested in Women's studies and such, but even aside from that - recommended to anyone - this is not one of those feminist books you will think pretentious. I would venture to call it a humanist book, rather, and with a focus on the female problems which are still relevant today. I still maintain that this was a book ahead of its time, and to us it can show how our current lives, our world - our time came a [...]
Gissing isn't usually my cup of te- erm, foul thameswater adulterated with gin? -- but this was both emotionally gripping and involved some swingeing feminist polemic to boot. Widdowson joins an unholy mix of Grandcourt and Casaubon, Louis Trevelyan, Willoughby Patterne, and Soames Forsythe in inspiring me to new acrobatic heights of violent book-flinging.
When I read this book, I could tell that George Gissing had some bad experiences with women. The book follows a group of women who have little to no chance of being married. Hence, in the 1880's society that they live in, they are "odd women". The title, get it?The Madden sisters have to subsist on a small income so they have to go out into the world to work as governess, teacher, and shopgirl. And let me tell you, all three of these positions suck. They are worked to the bone, not appreciated, [...]
The “odd women” are, essentially, women who remain without a husband. Gissing’s characters reflect opposing reasons for this state: Alice and Virginia Madden lacked the physical and pecuniary charms to attract a suitor, and now possess the years and physical accumulation to preclude the possibility of one; Rhoda Nunn possesses the intelligence and ability to benefit the “odd” members of her sex, and lacks the desire to relinquish her crusade in favour of respectability and domestic dut [...]
Overall I thought the amazing feminist themes overpowered the characterization and plot. I really wanted to love the characters and story, but I did not. I really like how frank this book was about lust, pregnancy and marriage. I also thought the ending perfectly fit with the story and would have been disappointed with a different ending. Not sure if I liked Gissing's style, but I am glad I waited 7 years to read it. I wouldn't have appreciated this as much when I was younger.
It’s a great shame that George Gissing, if he is remembered for anything, then it’s New Grub Street. This is a very fine book and deserves to be read. It is certainly proto-feminist, and very rarely have I known a male author able to write about women so well, and such strong women, well most of them. Reading this reminded me how jealousy is the worst emotion of them all
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