The Nineteenth-Century Woman: Her Cultural and Physical World

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Sara Delamont, Lorna Duffin
Routledge, Oct 9, 2012 - History - 213 pages

This collection of papers draws on insights from social anthropology to illuminate historical material, and presents a set of closely integrated studies on the inter-connections between feminism and medical, social and educational ideas in the nineteenth century.

Throughout the book evidence from both the USA and UK shows that feminists had to operate in a restricting and complex social environment in which the concept of "the lady" and the ideal of the saintly mother defined the nineteenth-century woman┐s cultural and physical world.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Dedication
8
1 Introduction
9
Woman as an Invalid
26
Women and Evolution
57
4 Fitness Feminism and Schooling
92
5 The Contradictions in Ladies Education
134
6 The Domestic Ideology and Womens Education
164
7 George Eliot and Mary Wollstonecraft
188
Notes on Contributors
206
Name Index
207
Subject Index
211
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