How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present / Edition 2

How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present / Edition 2

by Alison Booth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226065456

ISBN-13: 9780226065458

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

How to Make It as a Woman outlines the history of prosopography or group biography, focusing on the all-female collections that took hold in nineteenth-century Britain and America. The queens, nurses, writers, reformers, adventurers, even assassins in these collective female biographies served as models to guide the moral development of young women. But

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How to Make It as a Woman outlines the history of prosopography or group biography, focusing on the all-female collections that took hold in nineteenth-century Britain and America. The queens, nurses, writers, reformers, adventurers, even assassins in these collective female biographies served as models to guide the moral development of young women. But often these famous historical women presented untrustworthy examples.

Beginning in the fifteenth century with Christine de Pizan, Alison Booth traces the long tradition of this genre, investigating the varied types and stories most often grouped together in illustrated books designed for entertainment and instruction. She claims that these group biographies have been instrumental in constructing modern subjectivities as well as relations among classes, races, and nations.

From Joan of Arc to Virginia Woolf, Booth examines a host of models of womanhood—both bad and good. Incorporating a bibliography that includes more than 900 all-female collections published in English between 1830 and 1940, Booth uses collective biographies to decode the varied advice on how to make it as a woman.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226065458
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : of prosopography and collective biographies of women1
1Self-help history : presenting models of womanhood49
2Heads turn, heads roll : heroic types from Judith to Clara Barton89
3How to minister as a woman : the likes of Elizabeth Fry, Mary Carpenter, Dorothea Dix, and the three Mrs. Judsons135
4The lessons of the Medusa : Anna Jameson and mutual multibiography175
5The World's Fair women; or, racial progress in the nineteenth century197
6Writing women's lives, revisited : Virginia Woolf and the missing canons of biography225
7Our Queen Victoria : feminist prosopography245
Bibliography of collective biographies of women, 1830-1940347

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