Frances Power Cobbe and Victorian Feminism

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Drawing on the history of English feminism and the study of Victorian periodical and newspaper presses, this important and timely new book asks a key question that neither history nor literary studies has yet addressed: what did it mean to have a Victorian feminist write for an established newspaper or periodical? Using the example of Frances Power Cobbe (one of a handful of women to make a steady living for the mid-nineteenth century established press), Susan Hamilton opens up our understanding of Victorian ...

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Overview

Drawing on the history of English feminism and the study of Victorian periodical and newspaper presses, this important and timely new book asks a key question that neither history nor literary studies has yet addressed: what did it mean to have a Victorian feminist write for an established newspaper or periodical? Using the example of Frances Power Cobbe (one of a handful of women to make a steady living for the mid-nineteenth century established press), Susan Hamilton opens up our understanding of Victorian feminism and its political workings, and urges us to reconsider what feminism looked like in the nineteenth-century.

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"Hamilton's is a highly readable, focused monograph that illuminats the history and metahistory of feminism, the active presence (rather than lurking marginality) of feminist discourse in the mainstream press, and Cobbe's verve, skill, and power as a writer." —Linda K. Hughes, Texas Christian University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403999955
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN HAMILTON is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Victorian Feminism and the Periodical Press
• 'She and I have Lived Together': Women's Celibacy and Signature in Cobbe's Early Writing
• The 'Force' of Sentiment: Married Women's Property and the Idea of Marriage in Fraser's Magazine
• 'Speaking in Fleet Street': The Feminist Politics of the Editorial in the London Echo, 1868-1875
• Making History with France Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminism, Domestic Violence and the Language of Imperialism
• 'A Crisis in Woman's History': Duties of Women and the Practice of Everyday Feminism
• Notes to Chapters
• Bibliography
• Index

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