Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Fothergill, Jessie
Birth Name: Jessie Fothergill
Pseudonym: J. F>
During her relatively short career in the later nineteenth century, Jessie Fothergill
produced fourteen novels, many of which ran to several editions and appeared in Indian and Australian journals,
Jane Crisp refers to JF
's twelve full-length novels and two shorter tales. Others, including Helen Debenham, do not distinguish between the two genres, but count fourteen novels.
as well as many essays for periodicals at home. Although she is often classified as a regional writer, her fiction explores and depicts a self-consciously modern world
Debenham, Helen. “’Almost always two sides to a question’: the novels of Jessie Fothergill”. Popular Victorian Women Writers, edited by Kay Boardman and Shirley Jones, Manchester University Press, pp. 66-89.
where issues of class, religion, gender, sexuality, and race are scrutinized and debated. Her work was regularly compared by her contemporaries with that of Elizabeth Gaskell
and George Eliot
. It is now the subject of increased attention and re-evaluation.