Kirsteen

The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

By Margaret Oliphant

Edited by Anne M. Scriven

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Kirsteen, from an old but impoverished family, rebels against her father and flees to London. Against the odds she finds work, striving for independence against a world determined to drag her down. Written in the late 1800s, Kirsteen is a startlingly modern novel in its treatment of women and work.

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing.

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Kirsteen is the tale of a young woman from an old but impoverished Argyllshire family who escapes her domineering father and seeks her independence. Kirsteen's options appear to be unpaid drudgery at home, or a loveless marriage. Rejecting both, she escapes to London where she makes a living through her own innate craft and skill. Though scorned by her family for choosing to work as a mantua-maker, Kirsteen becomes highly successful in the life she carves out for herself. Kirsteen is a startlingly modern novel whose powerful voice, narrative drive and ironic exposure of injustice and hypocrisy provide a fascinating perspective on women in Victorian society. First published in 1890, and written by Queen Victoria's favourite novelist Margaret Oliphant, Kirsteen is a deep, rich novel by an author at the height of her powers.

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Format Paperback
Imprint The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Publication Date 15 Dec 2010
ISBN 9780948877995
Number of Pages 320

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