English Feminism, 1780-1980 / Edition 1

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Barbara Caine offers the first complete overview of the history of "modern" English feminism, from the French Revolution through to the advent of Women's Liberation. Her analysis of feminist organizations, debates, and campaigns shows a keen sense of the relationship between feminist thought and actions, and wider social and cultural change. The result is a fascinating study with a new perspective on feminists and feminist traditions which should interest and instruct readers at all levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198204343
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Monash University
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Feminism and the Rights of Women 11
Social Change and Sexual Difference in the Late Eighteenth Century 13
Mary Wollstonecraft and the Origins of Modern Feminism 23
Feminism and the Woman Question 43
2 Feminism and the Woman Question in the Early Nineteenth Century 53
Men in Feminism: William Thompson and the Unitarian Radicals 57
The Tragic Tale of Caroline Norton 66
Harriet Martineau and the Slow Development of Feminist Consciousness 70
Feminism, Evangelicalism, and 'Women's Sphere' 82
3 Mid-Victorian Feminism 88
The Langham Place Circle and the Ghost of Mary Wollstonecraft 93
Feminism, Liberalism, and the Problem of Sexual Oppression 102
Feminist Campaigns and Feminist Strategies 115
Nation and Empire in Victorian Feminism 123
4 The 'New Woman' and the Militant 131
Feminism and the New Woman 134
Feminism, the Labour Movement, and Working-Class Women 147
Militancy 158
Feminism and Imperialism 168
5 Feminism and the Woman Citizen in the Interwar Years 173
The Legacy of War 178
A Feminist Programme 182
Training Women for Citizenship 197
Feminist Questions and Party Politics 202
From Politics to Culture: Feminist Theory in the 1920s and 1930s 209
Feminism and Internationalism 217
6 The Postwar World 222
The Impact of War 227
Feminist Organizations and the Feminist Agenda 234
The Woman Question in the 1950s and the 1960s 240
Afterword: From Feminism to Feminisms 255
Notes 272
Select Bibliography 315
Index 331
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