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1 Understanding ‘George Egerton’s’ Understanding ‘George Egerton’s’ A tragic short story written in Feminism’s earliest years

2 Contents Biography Biography (contd.1) Biography Biography (contd.1) Biography (contd.1) Biography (contd.1) Egerton’s Works Egerton’s Works Egerton’s Works Egerton’s Works Historical Context Historical Context Historical Context Historical Context “Wedlock” “Wedlock” “Wedlock” Plot Plot (contd.1) Plot (contd.2) Plot Plot (contd.1) Plot (contd.2) Plot (contd.1) Plot (contd.2) Plot (contd.1) Plot (contd.2) Themes and Ideas TI1 TI2 TI3 TI4 Themes and Ideas TI1 TI2 TI3 TI4 Themes and IdeasTI1TI2TI3TI4 Themes and IdeasTI1TI2TI3TI4 Importance to Feminist Literature Importance to Feminist Literature Importance to Feminist Literature Importance to Feminist Literature

3 Biography of ‘George Egerton’ Mary Chevalita Bright: nomme-de-plume of George Egerton Mary Chevalita Bright: nomme-de-plume of George Egerton 1860-1945 1860-1945 Intended to be an artist; Intended to be an artist; finances prevented schooling finances prevented schooling Traveled extensively in youth Traveled extensively in youth Chose to write Chose to write

4 Biography (contd.) Married three times: Married three times: 1888: H.H.W. Melville; 1891: Egerton Clairmonte; 1901: Reginald Golding Bright Labeled the voice of the “advanced” New Woman of the Victorian Period Labeled the voice of the “advanced” New Woman of the Victorian Period Considered controversial writer and “erotomaniac” Considered controversial writer and “erotomaniac” More information on ‘George Egerton’ More information on ‘George Egerton’ More information on ‘George Egerton’ More information on ‘George Egerton’

5 Egerton’s Works Keynotes: 1893 Keynotes: 1893 Discords: 1894 Discords: 1894 Symphonies: 1897 Symphonies: 1897 Fantasies: 1898 Fantasies: 1898 Wheel of God: 1898 Wheel of God: 1898 Rosa Arorosa: 1901 Rosa Arorosa: 1901 Files in Amber: 1905 Files in Amber: 1905 His Wife’s Family: 1908 His Wife’s Family: 1908 The Backsliders: 1910 The Backsliders: 1910 Camilla states her Case: 1925 Camilla states her Case: 1925

6 Historical Context Victorian period, rising theory of “New Woman” Victorian period, rising theory of “New Woman” Darwin’s Origin of Species, 1859 Darwin’s Origin of Species, 1859 Struggle for woman’s suffrage Struggle for woman’s suffrage Reign of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Reign of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert British empire expanding rapidly British empire expanding rapidly

7 “Wedlock” Printed in Discords in 1894 Printed in Discords in 1894 Known for its “trenchant pathos” Known for its “trenchant pathos” Read “Wedlock” Read “Wedlock” Read “Wedlock” Read “Wedlock”

8 Plot Setting: English suburb, site of new residential development Setting: English suburb, site of new residential development Family: Mr. & Mrs. Susan Jones and Mr. Jones’ three children from previous marriage Family: Mr. & Mrs. Susan Jones and Mr. Jones’ three children from previous marriage Mrs. Jones has child who, because of misfortunate circumstances, lives with her sister Mrs. Jones has child who, because of misfortunate circumstances, lives with her sister Mrs. Jones struggles with alcoholism Mrs. Jones struggles with alcoholism

9 Plot (contd.) Mr. Jones has promised Susan to get her child, if she agreed to marry Mr. Jones has promised Susan to get her child, if she agreed to marry They married; he failed to keep his promise They married; he failed to keep his promise Wife embittered Wife embittered Her daughter became deathly ill Her daughter became deathly ill Husband purposely intercepted correspondence telling of child’s sickness Husband purposely intercepted correspondence telling of child’s sickness

10 Plot (contd.) Wife finds hidden letter Wife finds hidden letter Rushes to child, who has recently died Rushes to child, who has recently died After attending the funeral, she rushes home After attending the funeral, she rushes home Kills Mr. Jones’ three children Kills Mr. Jones’ three children

11 Themes and Ideas Title Title Character of female writer Character of female writer Significance of setting and introduction Significance of setting and introduction Purpose of woman’s actions Purpose of woman’s actions

12 Title “Wed” + “lock” “Wed” + “lock” Bond of marriage Bond of marriage Abuses of bond Abuses of bond The unfulfilled promises of the “lock” The unfulfilled promises of the “lock” The influences of the poor marriage on the woman’s alcoholism The influences of the poor marriage on the woman’s alcoholism

13 Character of Female Writer Epitome of feminist, “New Woman”? Epitome of feminist, “New Woman”? Significance of Susan Jones’ life as “material Significance of Susan Jones’ life as “material The impact of class on the relationship between Susan Jones and the woman writer The impact of class on the relationship between Susan Jones and the woman writer The writer’s insensitive apathy The writer’s insensitive apathy

14 Setting and Introduction Poorer suburb: employment of slang English Poorer suburb: employment of slang English A new development settled by old ruins A new development settled by old ruins The intelligence of workers: alcoholism can be hereditary The intelligence of workers: alcoholism can be hereditary The relationship, because of setting, between woman and writer The relationship, because of setting, between woman and writer

15 Woman’s Actions Why kill children? Why not kill husband? Why kill children? Why not kill husband? The hierarchy of control The hierarchy of control The disassociation with motherhood The disassociation with motherhood

16 Importance to Feminist Literature Dissected both class and gender Dissected both class and gender Reveals possible inadequacies of the Feminist movement Reveals possible inadequacies of the Feminist movement Discusses the bondage of a bad marriage on both partners-- its destructiveness Discusses the bondage of a bad marriage on both partners-- its destructiveness


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