DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2013.06.003
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Anna Enrichetta Soccio

Abstract: George Meredith (1828-1909) is acknowledged as a creator of memorable female characters. Meredith's heroines are radically different from the women generally encountered in Victorian fiction. Characteristically, Meredith constructs a type of female character who, in a social context hostile to any break with convention, refuses to conform to the stereotype of the weak, passive, and dependant woman. In accordance with J. S. Mill's observations in The Subjection of Women (1869), Meredith thought that the progres…

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