Straw in the Street(s): An Unlikely Link between Ellen Wood & Amy Levy

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Chloéis a first year PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University. Her thesis is concerned with examining the relationship between the cultivation and use of several professional identities and success within the 19th Century literary marketplace, specifically in the works of Ellen (Mrs. Henry) Wood. Chloé’s general research interests include periodicals, women writers, and representations of womens bodies and space in Victorian fiction. Chloétweets regularly (@chloeholland) and blogs, admittedly less regularly, about both her research, life as a PGR, and her beloved Manchester City (chloeholland.blogspot.co.uk).

What links Ellen Wood and Amy Levy? One was a popular mid-nineteenth-century sensation fiction writer, famous for her pious declamations and known by her husband’s name, and the other was a Jewish fin-de-siècle poet and novelist associated with New Woman writing, who committed suicide at the age of 27. Despite their seemingly tenuous connection, research…

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