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The European MetropolisParis and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists$
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Matthew L. Reznicek

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954323

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954323.001.0001

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First Life—and then Fame

First Life—and then Fame

Gendered Fin-De-Siècle Cityscapes In Max

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(p.139) Chapter Four First Life—and then Fame
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The European Metropolis
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Matthew L. Reznicek

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781942954323.003.0005

Katherine Cecil Thurston’s 1910 novel, Max, explores the bohemian Paris of the fin-de-siècle through the eyes of a young artist newly arrived from Russia. This young man is, however, actually a young princess in disguise, trying to escape an abusive marriage. Through the use of disguise and the New Woman figure of the female-to-male transvestite, this novel represents Paris through two competing genres: the masculine adventure narrative and the female romance.

Keywords:   Katherine Cecil Thurston, Max, Fin-de-Siècle, Adventure Narratives, Romance, Robinsonades

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