Masculinity and Gossip in Anne Brontë's Tenant

  title={Masculinity and Gossip in Anne Bront{\"e}'s Tenant},
  author={Priti Joshi},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={907 - 924}
  • Priti Joshi
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
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