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Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England, 1850-1895
     

Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England, 1850-1895

by Mary Lyndon Shanley
 

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ISBN-10: 0691024871

ISBN-13: 9780691024875

Pub. Date: 03/08/1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Bridging the fields of political theory and history, this comprehensive study of Victorian reforms in marriage law reshapes our understanding of the feminist movement of that period. As Mary Shanley shows, Victorian feminists argued that justice for women would not follow from public rights alone, but required a fundamental transformation of the marriage

Overview

Bridging the fields of political theory and history, this comprehensive study of Victorian reforms in marriage law reshapes our understanding of the feminist movement of that period. As Mary Shanley shows, Victorian feminists argued that justice for women would not follow from public rights alone, but required a fundamental transformation of the marriage relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691024875
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/08/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Introduction3
Chapter 1.What Kind of a Contract Is Marriage?: Married Women's Property, the Sexual Double Standard, and the Divorce Act of 185722
Chapter 2.Equal Rights and Spousal Friendship: The Married Women's Property Act of 187049
Chapter 3.The Unity of the Moral Law: Prositution, Infanticide, and Employment79
Chapter 4.An Ambiguous Victory: The Married Women's Property Act of 1882103
Chapter 5.Parliament's Rejection of Parental Equality: The Infant Custody Act of 1886131
Chapter 6.A Husband's Right to His Wife's Body: Wife Abuse, the Restitution of Congugal Rights, and Marital Rape156
Epilogue. The Search for Spousal Equality: A Legacy for Feminists189
Bibliography197
Index207

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