The Heavenly Twins A fascinating exploration of gender issues and feminist agendas of the New Woman movement of the late s

  • Title: The Heavenly Twins
  • Author: Sarah Grand
  • ISBN: 9780472065080
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating exploration of gender issues and feminist agendas of the New Woman movement of the late 1800s

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    1. An interesting mess with syphilis and cross-dressing. Grand uses three heroines to explore issues like marriage, outlets for women's abilities and sexual morality. Part of the messiness is because the novel ends up like a jigsaw puzzle with Grand juggling the different strands and partly it's because Grand does that thing proto-feminist Victorian novels do where the established workings of the novel universe suddenly change to accommodate a less feminist ending.Evadne is something of a Dorothea [...]

    2. recommended to me as: gutenberg/ebooks/8676 The Heavenly Twins, by Sarah Grand. A "New Woman" novel, which demands that men be held accountable for things like faithlessness before marriage, too. Screamingly funny in parts, very not-so in others. Has twins, crossdressing, tomboys, and (possible trigger warning) attempted suicide.

    3. This was a fascinating book to be reading at the same time as Rachilde's Monsieur Venus, as both are written by women and deal with restrictions on gender roles, transvestism and women reaching beyond the boundaries of their late-19th century society. But while Rachilde's book is brief and decadent, Sarah Grand's New Woman novel is thoroughly Victorian in its sensibility. Grand's women are painted most often as victims, though two of her three heroines have happy (if compromise) endings; her men [...]

    4. The Heavenly Twins is the kind of triple-decker Victorian novel that is easy to make fun of, quite aside from its individual characteristics which are also . . . easy to make fun of. This is a strange book, but an interesting one. Grand's challenge to Victorian morality ends up just as moralizing as her opponents, and what was controversial then reads more than a little dated today. (And, frankly, even by the standards some of her contemporaries, Grand is kind of bourgeois and banal as far as mo [...]

    5. What an astonishingly compelling read this was. I thought I knew my Victorian literature fairly well, but had never heard of this author. It's very very long, three-volume Trollope or Thackeray type long, and the interludes with the Tenor make it difficult to follow on an e-reader where you can't easily look back (and where you don't always trust PG not to have put 2 different books in the same download), but it really is a page-turner. Although it's spoken of now as an early feminist text, it r [...]

    6. I re-read "The Tenor and the Boy: An Interlude," which was published independently as a short story before The Heavenly Twins was a novel. In situ it serves as a wonderful interlude in an uneven work (Grand sells out womankind in the extremely disturbing conclusion, which is why I so rarely recommend this forgotten treasure).The Heavenly Twins is misleadingly about more than just those characters, Angelica and Diavolo; but the Tenor and the Boy is about those twins, and the difference their sex [...]

    7. Not every 1890s novel features cross-dressing, syphilis, and meditations on the position of woman in society, but many do - and Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins is an intriguing example of this "New Woman" (a word coined by Grand) genre. The heroine's father should read as an exemplar for unbearable chauvinists everywhere, as he insists that "A woman closely resembles a parrot in her mental processes" (12). Grand's very long novel is an argument against such refusals to think of women as equal h [...]

    8. Really interesting stuff in this novel about gender, society, marriage and mental health. Grand was a pioneer in the New Woman movement of the late nineteenth century, and this novel takes up the physical, social and mental damage done to women by the compromises they were expected to make in marriage.

    9. This is probably my favorite book from my Victorian Comps. reading list. Grand provides an intense understanding of the condition for women during the Victorian era. The Heavenly twins of the title are so fun and endearing, and there are great moments of humor in the book.

    10. Finally, FINALLY finished this book. it took me awhile, because there was a great deal of stop and start on my part, but I did enjoy it, even though she shopped her sex out in the end ;-)


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