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The Nineteenth-century Woman

Her Cultural and Physical World, 1st Edition

Edited by Sara Delamont, Lorna Duffin


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This collection of papers draws on insights from social anthropology to illuminate historical material, and presents a set of closely integrated studies on the inter-connections between feminism and medical, social and educational ideas in the nineteenth century.

Throughout the book evidence from both the USA and UK shows that feminists had to operate in a restricting and complex social environment in which the concept of "the lady" and the ideal of the saintly mother defined the nineteenth-century woman’s cultural and physical world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Sara Delamont and Lorna Duffin 2. The Conspicuous Consumptive: Woman as an Invalid Lorna Duffin 3. Prisoners of Progress: Women and Evolution Lorna Duffin 4. Fitness, Feminism and Schooling Paul Atkinson 5. The Contradictions in Ladies’ Education Sara Delamont 6. The Domestic Ideology and Women’s Education Sara Delamont 7. George Eliot and Mary Wollstonecraft Nicholas McGuinn

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Social History