Behind a mask

or, A woman's power

[electronic resource] :, 149 pages

English language

Published April 15, 2011 by Floating Press.

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Though best known for the lighthearted look at family life and sisterly relationships in Little Women, some of Louisa May Alcott's work touched on more socially significant themes. Behind a Mask, Or a Woman's Power is one of several works that Alcott penned under a pseudonym. Perhaps freed by the anonymity this guise granted, she delves deeply into issues of gender, family, and social class in this story that focuses on the relationship between a governess and the family she works for.

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  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • Social life and customs
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Sex role
  • Women
  • Feminism
  • Fiction