This paper will present the basic ideas behind a book project of the same name. Overall the work looks at the economic, legal and subjective problem of the central woman character in prose written by men between 1870 and 1910. I will briefly outline both a finished and an unfinished chapter, thus hopefully giving a solid idea of the project's aims and also eliciting useful comments and discussion on its unfinished sections. The chapters to be presented deal, respectively, with Anthony Trollope‚s novel The Eustace Diamonds and two case histories from the early work of Sigmund Freud.
Meredith Miller received an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1996 and a DPhil in English Literature from University of Sussex in 2001. She has published several scholarly articles on theories of gender and sexuality and sole-authored the Scarecrow Press Historical Dictionary of Lesbian Literature (2006). Most recently she was guest editor of a special issue of the journal Feminist Teacher (2007). She is currently completing a chapter on race, sexuality and Southern gothic fiction for an edited collection, The Female Gothic, forthcoming from Manchester University Press.