Girls Who Went Wrong: Prostitutes in American Fiction, 1885–1917 Laura Hapke

ISBN: 9780879724733

Published: January 1st 1989

Hardcover

224 pages


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Girls Who Went Wrong: Prostitutes in American Fiction, 1885–1917  by  Laura Hapke

Girls Who Went Wrong: Prostitutes in American Fiction, 1885–1917 by Laura Hapke
January 1st 1989 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 224 pages | ISBN: 9780879724733 | 4.48 Mb

The period 1885 to 1917 saw thousands of American crusaders working hard to “save the fallen women,” but little on the part of American social protest writers. In this first work on the subject, Laura Hapke examines how writers attempted to turn anMoreThe period 1885 to 1917 saw thousands of American crusaders working hard to “save the fallen women,” but little on the part of American social protest writers.

In this first work on the subject, Laura Hapke examines how writers attempted to turn an outcast into a heroine in a literature otherwise known for its puritanical attitude toward the fallen woman. She focuses on how these authors (all male) expressed late-Victorian conflicts about female sexuality. If, as they all maintained, women have an innate preference for chastity, how could they account for the prostitute? Was she a sinner, suggesting the potential waywardness of all women? Or, if she was a victim, what of her “depravity”?Hapke reevaluates Crane’s famous Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, discusses neglected prostitution fiction by authors Joaquin Miller, Edgar Fawcett, and Harold Frederic, and surveys Progressive white slave novels.

She draws on a number of period sources, among them urban guidebooks and medical treatises, to place the fiction in its cultural context.



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