Passages to Womanhood in British and Anglo-Indian Fiction, 1880–1894
This chapter begins by discussing several didactic writings that simultaneously accepted and even sympathized with girls' yearnings for greater freedom of action; signalling a break with the attitudes of the past, however, by questioning the value of conventional feminine past times. It then shows how other writers increasingly searched for a way of reconciling family-based ideals of womanhood with advice on how actually to enter a wider sphere, whether through education and employment or through travel and work within the empire. It discusses the anxieties inflicted by a number of ways in which girls in the transition to womanhood are represented. It discusses how travelling changes the social status of a young woman.
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