Karl Marx's youngest daughter Eleanor (1855-98) is one of the most significant figures in the cultural politics of the late nineteenth century. As a feminist and radical socialist she never flinched from confrontation; as an aspiring actress, working journalist and literary translator she advanced contemporary understanding of Flaubert, Ibsen and Shakespeare. This collection of newly commissioned essays helps to establish the full extent of her outstanding achievements.
Contents: Introduction, John Stokes; ’A daughter of today’: the socialist-feminist intellectual as woman of letters, Lyn Pykett; Fictions of engagement: Eleanor Marx, biographical space, Carolyn Steedman; Revisiting Edward Aveling, William Greenslade; Eleanor Marx and Henrik Ibsen, Sally Ledger; Eleanor Marx and Shakespeare, Gail Marshall; Eleanor Marx and Gustave Flaubert, Faith Evans; The genders of socialism: Eleanor Marx and Oscar Wilde, Ruth Robbins; Socialist feminism and sexual instinct: Eleanor Marx and Amy Levy, Emma Francis; ’Is this friendship?’: Eleanor Marx, Margaret Harkness and the idea of socialist community, Lynne Hapgood; A moment of being: Miss Marx, Miss Pater, ’Miss Ambient’, Laurel Brake; Radical voices: Eleanor Marx and Victoria Woodhull, Bridget Bennett; ’Tantalising glimpses’: the intersecting lives of Eleanor Marx and Mathilde Blind, Simon Avery; Index.
The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series, the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global. Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies. The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies.