GIRLS WHO WENT WRONG: PROSTITUTES IN AMERICAN FICTION, 1885 - 1917.

Hapke, Laura.

Published by Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1989.
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First edition (not stated). 216 pages. Hardcover; H 23.5cm x L 15.5cm. Dust jacket rubbed, mild soiling to rear panel, slight bump to spine heel. Light gray cloth with black spine lettering, mild bump to spine heel and bottom left corner of front board. Else a bright and clean near fine copy in a very good+ dust jacket. ISBN 0879724730. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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 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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Publisher: Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1989.

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