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Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England, 1850-1895 - Mary Lyndon Shanley

Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England, 1850-1895

Paperback Published: 28th March 1993
ISBN: 9780691024875
Number Of Pages: 224

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Bridging the fields of political theory and history, this comprehensive study of Victorian reforms in marriage law reshapes our understanding of the feminist movement of that period. As Mary Shanley shows, Victorian feminists argued that justice for women would not follow from public rights alone, but required a fundamental transformation of the marriage relationship.

"Elegantly and clearly written, and based on an impressive mastery of the sources, this book is a very valuable addition to nineteenth-century legal history and the growing corpus of scholarly feminist legal scholarship."--A. W. Brian Simpson, The American Journal of Legal History "Shanley's work is not only a fine feminist tract for our times but also a significant scholarly work."--Lee Holcombe, American Historical Review

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
What Kind of a Contract Is Marriage?: Married Women's Property, the Sexual Double Standard, and the Divorce Act of 1857p. 22
Equal Rights and Spousal Friendship: The Married Women's Property Act of 1870p. 49
The Unity of the Moral Law: Prositution, Infanticide, and Employmentp. 79
An Ambiguous Victory: The Married Women's Property Act of 1882p. 103
Parliament's Rejection of Parental Equality: The Infant Custody Act of 1886p. 131
A Husband's Right to His Wife's Body: Wife Abuse, the Restitution of Congugal Rights, and Marital Rapep. 156
Epilogue. The Search for Spousal Equality: A Legacy for Feministsp. 189
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780691024875
ISBN-10: 0691024871
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.39  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.34