Spinster
in Austerity baby

In this chapter, the author focuses on the reflections on the lives and images of spinsters. He talks about spinsters in the novels of Muriel Spark. A peculiar aspect of the changing discourse of the spinster is the collusion of feminism with her demonisation in the early twentieth century. The Cult of Single Blessedness affirmed the vocational life of unmarried women. The author traces the ways in which single women have been regarded in Western culture, specifically in Britain and America, over the past two centuries.

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