First published in 1979. This book examines the distressed gentlewoman stereotype, primarily through a study of the experience of emigration among single middle-class women between 1830 and 1914. Based largely on a study of government and philanthropic emigration projects, it argues that the image of the downtrodden resident governess does inadequate justice to Victorian middle-class women’s responses to the experience of economic and social decline and to insufficient female employment opportunities. This title will be of interest to students of history.
Table of Contents
List of Tables; Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Problem of the Distressed Gentlewoman 2. Pioneer Emigrants, 1832-1836 3. Mary Taylor in New Zealand: A Case Study 4. Emigration and Respectability, 1849-1853 5. Feminism and Female Emigration, 1861-1886 6. Emigration Propaganda and the Distressed Gentlewoman, 1880-1914; Appendix I: Comparison of British and Colonial Occupations of Middle-Class Emigrants, 1832-1836; Appendix II: ‘To England’s Daughters’ Dora Gore Browne; Bibliography; Index