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  • Published: 10 Jan 2015
  • DOI: 10.4324/9781848935228
  • Set ISBN: 9781848935228

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The Pearl


Gertrude Winifred Taylor’s novel 1917 The Pearl was not her first foray into Oxford fiction. Four years earlier, she and her friend D. K. Broster had published a successful novel called The Vision Splendid, a historical romance set in the heady days of the mid-nineteenth-century Oxford Movement. The novel focuses on the protagonist’s spiritual awakening in an Oxford setting: ‘the vision which had called ... in the streets and gardens of Oxford’. We also see this association of the university with spiritual life in Taylor’s The Pearl four years later; although the setting this time is modern, the plot almost anti-romantic, the novel maintains its preoccupation with religious questioning and focus upon the intertwining of intellectual and spiritual growth as it follows the career of Oxford student Janet Prout. As a result, The Pearl stands alone within women’s university fiction for the sharpness of its religious focus, providing a fascinating glimpse of the connections between gender, education and religious diversity in late nineteenth-century England.

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    Front Matter
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    Introduction: The Pearl
  • The Pearl
    • Winkles at School
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