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An 'ordinary novel': Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness

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An 'ordinary novel': Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness. / Roche, Hannah.

In: Textual Practice , Vol. 32, No. 1, 2018, p. 101-117.

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Roche, H 2018, 'An 'ordinary novel': Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness', Textual Practice , vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 101-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2016.1238001

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Roche, H. (2018). An 'ordinary novel': Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness. Textual Practice , 32(1), 101-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2016.1238001

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Roche H. An 'ordinary novel': Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness. Textual Practice . 2018;32(1):101-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2016.1238001

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Roche, Hannah. / An 'ordinary novel': Genre Trouble in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness. In: Textual Practice . 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 101-117.

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