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.
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