Margaret Oliphant: Miss Marjoribanks (1659 words)

Anne Reus (Technische Universität Dresden )
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Miss Marjoribanks (1866) is the third, and arguably most popular, novel of Margaret Oliphant’s Carlingford series. It recounts how Lucilla Marjoribanks -- returned to her widowed father from school -- sets out to revolutionize fashionable society in the provincial town of Carlingford by means of her Thursday Evenings (dress code: white frocks, high), and ends ten years later with her marriage to her cousin Tom.

The novel has been read as a comment on women’s lives, careers and work by critics such as Elisabeth Jay, Linda Peterson and Andrea Kaston Tange: Lucilla thrives on banal conventionalities and excels at performing femininity while getting her way. Her Thursday Evenings, comfortable dinners, and the …

Citation: Reus, Anne. "Miss Marjoribanks". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 May 2020 [, accessed 29 November 2020.]

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