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Friday, July 7, 2017

Mind and millinery

Thea Hawlin reviews Silly Lady Novelists, by Michèle Roberts, at The Times Literary Supplement.

"In 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists', an essay published anonymously in the Westminster Review in 1856, George Eliot declared that 'silly' writing was reinforcing 'the popular prejudice against the more solid education of women'. In writing of this 'mind and millinery' kind, a lovely and virtuous heroine faces some unrealistic problem and overcomes adversity to make a good match to an adorable man.
Eliot's essay is available in The Essays of "George Eliot" at Project Gutenberg.

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