The Romance of a Shop

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Broadview Press, Mar 28, 2006 - Fiction - 278 pages
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The Romance of a Shop is an early "New Woman" novel about four sisters, who decide to establish their own photography business and their own home in central London after their father's death and their loss of financial security. In this novel, Amy Levy examines both the opportunities and dangers of urban experience for women in the late nineteenth century who pursue independent work rather than follow the established paths of domestic service. By outfitting her characters as photographers, Levy emphasizes the importance of the gendered gaze in this narrative of the modern city. This Broadview edition prints for the first time since the 1880s Levy's essay on Christina Rossetti and a short story set in North London, both published in Oscar Wilde's magazine The Woman's World. Other appendices include poetry by Levy, Michael Field, Dollie Radford, and A. Mary F. Robinson, and essays on Victorian photography, literary realism, "the woman question" at the end of the nineteenth century, and the plight of women working in London.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
11
A Brief Chronology
43
A Note on the Text
47
The Romance of a Shop
49
Contemporary Reviews of The Romance of a Shop
195
Other Writing by Levy
203
Literary Contexts
237
The Woman Question
251
Victorian Photography
263
Map of Levys London from Bacons New Map of London 1885
271
Select Bibliography
275
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Susan David Bernstein is a Professor of English, Jewish Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in Victorian Literature and Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 1997).

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