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Barbara Pym (1913-1980), a white, upper middle class British novelist wrote about white, middleclass unmarried women living in the country or suburbs of London. This essay examines her novel Some Tame Gazelle  and posits that by focusing on the figure of spinsters, and by bringing them to the centre from the margins of the literary canon, Pym's novels pose a challenge to the marriage mandate and make a powerful feminist statement by offering spinsterhood as a valid alternative for women to choose.


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Parimala Kulkarni. (2022). Barbara Pym’s Some Tame Gazelle: Interrogating Marriage as Female Destiny. International Journal for Social Studies, 8(9), 1-9. Retrieved from