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Cover of The Nineteenth-Century Woman

The Nineteenth-Century Woman Her Cultural and Physical World

  • Published: 12 Dec 2012
  • DOI: 10.4324/9780203104118
  • Print ISBN: 9780415623209
  • eBook ISBN: 9780203104118

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.


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    Front Matter
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    Introduction By Sara Delamont; Lorna Duffin
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    The Conspicuous Consumptive: Woman as an Invalid By Lorna Duffin
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    Prisoners of Progress: Women and Evolution By Lorna Duffin
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    Fitness, Feminism and Schooling By Paul Atkinson
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    The Contradictions in Ladies’ Education By Sara Delamont
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    The Domestic Ideology and Women’s Education By Sara Delamont
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    George Eliot and Mary Wollstonecraft By Nicholas McGuinn
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    Back Matter