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Speculation on the beliefs of those long passed away can prove a tricky endeavor Such is the case when attempting to discern whether or not Margaret Oliphant advocated feminist ideals Many have argued that she held a rather limited perspective concerning the difficulties and oppression women faced daily in Victorian society especially considering that she outlived her husband by thirty-eight years supported a number of dependents many of whom were adult men and supported herself and her family by her own economic public pursuits an unusual position for a woman of her time Husemann Although Oliphant may not have been exposed to oppression in her household directly that does not prove that she was ignorant concerning womens issues nor certainly does it prove her to be anti-feminist even though she was openly critical of her contemporaries who advocated for expanding womens legal rights She certainly does not fit into any feminist checkbox if indeed such a thing exists Though Margaret Oliphant did not subscribe to mainstream conceptions of feminism feminism stands as a myriad of diverse perspectives rather than a monolithic exclusive position and because of this theoretical ambiguity coupled with Oliphants adamant pro-women stance in her fiction addressing gender norms male privilege misogyny the value of female experience subjectivity and female friendship one can categorize Oliphant as an advocate of feminism or at the least a proto-feministA number of critics have discussed Oliphants position in relation to the nineteenth-century Woman Question One particular critical discussion took place at the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Conference in 2010 Although no one stated explicitly that Oliphant advocated her own brand of feminism the presenters admitted that she posed questions about traditional female destinies especially concerning marriage and the publicprivate distinction Cvetkovich 250 The critic Ian Ward conversely used Oliphants position on marriage as a starting point for his article The Case of Helen Huntingdon which addresses the reality of marriage for Victorian women particularly
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