Radical Writing on Women, 1800-1850: An Anthology

Radical Writing on Women, 1800-1850: An Anthology

by K. Gleadle


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Presenting some 200 excerpts of political pamphlets, novels, and other early 19th-century writing, Gleadle (London Guildhall U., UK) bases her selection of material on the presence of self-conscious and deliberate attempts to alter the balance of power between the sexes. Her goal is to provide a picture of "feminist" thought that testifies to the mutability and variety of discussion. Readings are organized into sections that address the general societal status of women, education, employment, domesticity and motherhood, marriage reform, divorce and sexual radicalism, female sexuality and the female body, and political rights and public power. Also included is an appendix that presents biographical information on most of the included writers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333726136
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/06/2002
Edition description: 2002
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

KATHRYN GLEADLE is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at London Guildhall University. She has written widely on nineteenth-century women and politics. Her previous publications include The Early Feminists (with Sarah Richardson), Women in British Politics, 1760-1860, The Power of the Petticoat and British Women in the Nineteenth Century.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Textviii
Part IDefining the Problem
1Analysing Woman's Position26
2Agendas for Change42
Part IIFemale Roles
5Domesticity and Motherhood96
Part IIIMarriage, Sexuality and the Female Body
6Reforming Marriage117
7Divorce and Sexual Radicalism129
8Female Sexuality and the Female Body142
Part IVPolitical Rights and Public Power
9Female Rights, Popular Politics and Electoral Reform159
10Middle-Class Reform Projects175
Biographical Notes193

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