This anthology contextualizes key feminist texts and ideas by linking them with the transformation of public opinion brought about by the late Victorian debate on marriage, motherhood and women's right to an independent life.
Included are Mona Caird's controversial The Morality of Marriage; debates between feminists, traditionalists and anti-feminists on marriage, divorce and the New Woman, and selected reading from New Woman fiction, both feminist and anti-feminist, which reproduces the media debate on morality in literature.
Table of Contents
Volume 1. Marriage and Motherhood: Mona Caird's The Morality of Marriage  and the Contemporary Response Volume 2. The New Woman and Female Independence Volume 3. New Woman Fiction (1): Marriage, Motherhood and Work Volume 4. New Woman Fiction (2): Gender and Sexuality Volume 5. Literary Degenerates
'Ann Heilmann's five volume collection of late nineteenth-century primary texts is a labour of love, and will be indispensable for researchers in this area; more than its title suggests, it is an emporium of materials central to Victorian culture, literature and social and sexual politics.' - Journal of Victorian Culture
'Indispensable for libraries, it is a vital resource for students and scholars of late nineteenth-century social and literary history, opening up new and exciting directions for research, and allowing New Women to speak, after a long silence, in audible and unmediated voices.' - Journal of Victorian Culture