on George Egerton (Mary C. Dunne)

George Egerton and the British Colonial Project.

George Egerton’s (Mary Chavelita Dunne’s) collections of short stories, Keynotes (1893) and Discords (1894), considered among the most famous accounts of the New Woman movement, made the author notorious for her explicit references to sexual desires previously excluded from the mainstream of Victorian fiction. Her openness concerning sexuality along with her pioneering exploration of the genre of the short story have been at the center of critical attention for Egerton scholars. Without detracting from the accomplishments entailed in Egerton’s literary explorations of gender transgressions, Jusova revisits Egerton’s work from a post-colonial perspective, examining the interrelations of race, gender, class and sexuality in her early writings.

Seeking to contribute to our understanding of the discursive strategies available to late-Victorian women’s efforts to create space for their feminist agenda in public discourse, the article highlights various discursive strategies that Egerton forged to express a pro-feminist position fairly resistant towards both late-Victorian colonial narrative and evolutionary discourse.