When it comes to impactful feminist literature, the Victorian period is of great importance. Victorian literature is especially interesting because of some of its female authors, such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. These authors are notable, amongst others, because they acutely interrogate The women question of victorian age. These questions especially concern themselves with women’s role in the Victorian society.
An example of this is Jane Austen’s most famous novel “Pride and Prejudice”. This is a novel where we get a strong female protagonist in the guise of Elizabeth Bennet. At the time, it was not uncommon for upper class families to arrange whom the women should marry. Elizabeth does not adhere to this and wishes to choose a man for herself based on attraction and intellectual compatibility, instead of a marriage of convenience. The novel is an indication of the change in attitude amongst women, who were not satisfied with their place in British society – attitudes that would later lead to the Suffragettes for instance. Other than “Pride and Prejudice”, I can also recommend you read Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and Brontë’s “Jane Eyre”. These texts all represent the strong feminist literature that blossomed within Victorian literature.